Department of Music, Worship & Performing Arts


Ready to Impact Our Culture with Grace and Truth?

The Music, Worship and Performing Arts (MWPA) Department exists to prepare highly skilled artists to influence our culture with grace and truth.

Students hone their craft in a community of dedicated artist-teacher mentors and passionate peers. Our caring, student-centered environment nurtures the mind, soul and heart of each person with a view to promote creative competency and Christ-like character.

Real-world, practical experience prepares students to engage professionally on many levels; in a touring ensemble, on stage as an actor, singer, instrumentalist or dancer; studying privately with a world-class artist-teacher; or preparing for a professional vocational journey in Performance, Worship Arts, Musical Theatre, Music Education and Composition.

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Meet Our Faculty

Full-time & Part-time Faculty

Paul Thorlakson, D.M.A.
Professor, Director of Piano Studies, Director of LBC Orchestra, Chair of Music, Worship & Performing Arts Department
Robert Bigley, D.M.A.
Professor, Director of Choral Studies and Chorale & Chamber Singers, Interim Director of Musical Theatre Studies, Director of Arts and Culture Series
Jeffrey Martin, M.M.
Assistant Professor, Director of Vocal Studies, Director of Chapel Guild
Ryan Shenk, M.A.
Assistant Professor, Director of Worship Arts Studies, Director of Contemporary Bands
Rachel Sidebothom, M.Ed.
Assistant Professor, Director of Music Education Studies, Oboe Instructor, Director of Chamber Ensembles, Associate Chair of MWPA
Timothy Sidebothom, Ph.D.
Professor, Director of Music: Elective Studies
Bruce Gerlach, D.M.A.
Part-time Faculty

Vocal Studies

Keyboard Studies

Instrumental Studies

Musical Theatre

Composition

Music Education

Ensemble Directors

Music Theory & History

Worship Arts

Grow as a Musician

We offer a variety of ways for you to grow in your God-given musical gifts and to prepare you for personal and collaborative success. Performances are held on and off-campus, such as at The Trust Performing Arts Center. Ensembles are open to the entire undergraduate student body. Auditions are required for all ensembles and take place at the beginning of each fall semester.

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Performance Opportunities for Students

Chamber Singers

This acapella ensemble is made up of 14-16 vocalists who are also members of the LBC Chorale. Audition is required.

Chapel Guild Choir

This is a 40- to 60-member contemporary gospel choir. Performances on and off campus. Audition is required.

Chorale

A university-level choir with 60+ vocalists. Performances on and off campus. Audition is required.

Jan 15
  • Scholarship Audition Day Jan 15 Good Shepherd Chapel, 901 Eden Rd, Lancaster, PA 17601, USA

    Every student who applies to any major in the MWPA department must audition for acceptance into the MWPA major of their interest and must also be accepted as a student to Lancaster Bible College.

    The audition is conducted to confirm program and course of study.

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Feb 19
  • Scholarship Audition Dates Feb 19

    Every student who applies to any major in the MWPA department must audition for acceptance into the MWPA major of their interest and must also be accepted as a student to Lancaster Bible College.

    The audition is conducted to confirm program and course of study.

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Mar 12
  • Scholarship Audition Dates Mar 12

    Every student who applies to any major in the MWPA department must audition for acceptance into the MWPA major of their interest and must also be accepted as a student to Lancaster Bible College.

    The audition is conducted to confirm program and course of study.

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Apr 9
  • Scholarship Audition Dates Apr 9

    Every student who applies to any major in the MWPA department must audition for acceptance into the MWPA major of their interest and must also be accepted as a student to Lancaster Bible College.

    The audition is conducted to confirm program and course of study.

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