Geneva Casebolt College of Music, Arts and Letters

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Music, Arts and letters

The Geneva Casebolt College of Music, Arts and Letters fosters academic excellence in a Christian community that integrates communication skills, creativity, appreciation of the arts, and an understanding of cultural heritage.

department of art

The Department of Art facilitates and promotes excellence in the visual creative process. Three majors are available within this department:

Art Scholarship Application

Bob r. derryberry school of communication arts

The Bob R. Derryberry School of Communication Arts will help you discover and maximize your God-given voice through rigorous study, engaging performances, and the thoughtful application of the dynamic arts of human communication. Five majors are available within this department:

Speaking bearcats

SBU is home to a nationally-acclaimed, award-winning forensics speech and debate team, with 12 Pi Kappa Delta national championships.

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Join SBU's theatre program which produces four or more theatrical productions each year from a variety of genres.

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Department of language and literature

The department creates a Christian atmosphere in which students are taught to write effectively, comprehend the nature of language, understand literary traditions, think critically about literature and language, and foster an awareness of humankind. Four majors are available in this department:

Department of music

The Department of Music is a learning environment that inspires and leads its constituents to achieve excellence in performance, scholarship and appreciation. Faculty encourage the highest levels of artistic achievement in a variety of performance media while recognizing the value of historical and cultural perspective and scholarship in the practice and appreciation of
the musical art. Five degrees are available from this department:

Students with any music degree also may pursue a Performer's Certificate option.

performing groups

The SBU Department of Music features both choral and instrumental performing groups.

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The majority of SBU music students are selected to receive financial assistance through a music performance scholarship in one or more areas (keyboard, vocal and instrumental). Awards are renewable annually. Requirements for receiving scholarships are listed with each scholarship:

Choral and Instrumental Scholarships - Participate in an assigned role in SBU ensembles.
Keyboard Scholarships - Perform assigned accompanying duties for soloists and/or ensembles in the department.

All scholarships must maintain a 2.5 minimum grade point average in all college course work.

Music Scholarship Application

Repertoire Guidelines 

Department of Philosophy

As a philosophy student, you will learn how to think about philosophical and theological questions in a way that is careful, rigorous, and informed.