Music Extended Learning Opportunities


Canisius music majors have completed internships for various musical organizations: sound and video recording studios (Sub Cat Studio, Shabbey Road, Starfields Productions) and performing arts presenters (Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Shea’s Performing Arts Center, MusicalFare).

Study Abroad

Music students can take part in the Study Abroad Program offered by the college. Students in the Canisius College Chorale, a large ensemble open to all students, travel in Western New York to perform in different houses of worship in the Sacred Spaces Concert Series.


There are different clubs related to music open to majors and non-majors alike. Canisius Music Scholars plan projects and social events and assist with ushering at college musical events. Students can participate in the large ensembles—Concert Band, Chamber Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, and Chorale—that regularly present concerts during each semester. There are smaller musical groups as well, such as Drum Club, Pep Band, Contemporary Music Ensemble and Cantio Sacra. All students can take lessons in instruments and voice (there is a fee associated with lessons, although in some cases the fee is waived: please contact the music director for more information). Some of the large ensembles provide opportunity for service learning.

Student Work

Canisius music majors start successful careers, sometimes before they graduate. Over the last few years, our vocal students have had starring roles in area professional productions such as Musetta in Nickel City Opera’s production of Puccini’s La Bohème, Laurey in Oklahoma (the student’s voice was described as “glorious” in the Buffalo News), the title role in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Princess Ida, Barbarina in Nickel City Opera’s production of Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro, and Mrs. Jones in the premiere performance by Nickel City Opera of Persis Vehar’s Shot! In addition, music students have appeared in roles in other musicals, operas, and theatrical works presented by Nickel City Opera, Buffalo Opera Unlimited, Opera-Lytes, American Repertory Theater, Western Door Playhouse, Kavinoky Theater, and Irish Classical Theater. Some vocal students have sung as soloists with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, the international Baroque ensemble Il Giardino d’Amore, Camerata di Sant’Antonio, and some are members of the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus. Instrumental students have served as members of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the faculty of the Community Music School. Another graduate leads Cantio Sacra at Canisius and is the director of the Music Program at Niagara County Community College. Student ensembles have performed alongside Erie County Wind Ensemble, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and Camerata di Sant’Antonio. Even our minors and general music students have been successful in music careers. Joy Williams, who has received intense media coverage of late, is the drummer for the popular singer Beyoncé. One music minor has worked for Babeville and SONY, and three others have become music journalists writing for ArtVoice, The Public, and BuffaBlog