Lourdes Prayer

Dr. Paul Fine, friend of Lourdes, Associate Professor, University of Michigan Medical School, composer and pianist, composed “Lourdes Prayer” as a gift to us: Play Music please listen and enjoy!



Play MusicThe Song of Lourdes (WMA)

Lourdes offers music instruction as enrichment; as an option which plays a vital part in forming the complete person, one who creates in order to enhance perception. Courses provide opportunities for learning the theory and technique of creating and appreciating music, broadening musical taste and experience, and developing skills and criteria needed to evaluate music and musical performance. The department shares in Lourdes' mission to offer artistic enrichment for the student as a whole and unique person.

Bachelor of Arts Music Minor

A minor in music is appropriate for students majoring in any liberal arts area. The music base adds useful skills for students desiring to specialize in nursing, early childhood education, or social work.

Required Curriculum Semester Hours
Applied Music 4
MUS 109 Chorus or 2
MUS 210 Choir  
MUS 112 Music Appreciation 3
MUS 213 Basic Musicianship 3
MUS 313 Music Theory 3
MUS 314 Music History Survey I 3
MUS 414 Music History Survey II 3
Music Electives 2
Total 23

Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies

The student interested in music may obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in music or a Bachelor of Arts degree with a minor in music.

Join the Lourdes University Chorus

The Lourdes Chorus is a community chorus open to Lourdes students, faculty, staff, Sisters of St. Francis & the general public.  No audition is necessary, just the desire to sing great music with great people!  Chorus meets on Wednesdays from 6-8 p.m. in the Franciscan Center. Visit the Lourdes University Chorus page for more information.

Fall Music Showcase

Lourdes Fall Music Showcase features Music Old and New!

On Sunday, October 12, the Lourdes University Department of Music will present its Fall Music Showcase at 5:30 p.m. in the Franciscan Center. Lourdes faculty, students, choirs and special guests Musica Antigua de Toledo, Toledo’s early music ensemble, will perform two mini-concerts with a snack buffet in between performances. This year’s theme, “Music Old But New,” features Medieval, Renaissance, 19th and 20th Century music in original and new settings with the following performances:

Choral Opening: Music Old But New: 5:30 p.m.
The Lourdes University Choirs, Karen T. Biscay, director, and Olga Topuzova-Meade, accompanist, will demonstrate the creative new use of old folk songs, revival hymns and sacred texts featuring Aaron Copland’s Old American Songs and more choral settings by Thomas Tallis, Philip Stopford, Gwyneth Walker and Thomas Weelkes.

Special Guest presentation, Musica Antigua de Toledo: 6:30 p.m.
In the fall of 1979, a new, local, early music ensemble premiered in the Toledo Museum of Art Dutch Gallery with a program of Dutch music from the late medieval period through the early 17th century. Taking their name from Toledo, Ohio’s Sister City in Spain, Musica Antigua de Toledo is still going strong, presenting early music on historical reproductions of instruments from centuries past and singing a wide variety of vocal chamber music for audiences as far away as Windsor, Ontario. Dr. Alice Petersen, Lourdes’ Instructor of Violin, Toledo Symphony violinist and University of Toledo Music Adjunct, is Coordinator for the group and brings with her years of study in music and performance before 1800. Most members play several different instruments and sing, too, for lively, informed presentations.

Reception ca. 7:30 p.m.
Help us congratulate the performers!

Free and open to the public. A reception follows at 8:30 p.m.


Karen Biscay
Franciscan Center / LL 5


Lourdes Chorus welcomes new members
Rehearsals begin on Wednesday, August 27, 6 p.m.–8 p.m. in the Franciscan Center. This group is open to community members as well as students.

The Lourdes University Choirs Celebrate 31 Years of singing!