Music, Worship & Performing Arts Department


Ready to Impact Our Culture with Grace and Truth?

LBC’s Music, Worship & 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, DMA
Professor, Director of Piano Studies, Director of LBC Orchestra, Chair of Music, Worship & Performing Arts Department
Robert Bigley, DMA
Professor, Director of Choral Studies and Chorale & Chamber Singers, Director of Arts and Culture Series
Jeffrey Martin, MM
Assistant Professor, Director of Vocal Studies, Director of Chapel Guild
Ryan Shenk, MA
Assistant Professor, Director of Worship Arts Studies, Director of Contemporary Bands
Rachel Sidebothom, MEd
Assistant Professor, Director of Music Education Studies, Oboe Instructor, Director of Chamber Ensembles, Associate Chair of MWPA
Timothy Sidebothom, PhD
Professor, Director of Music: Elective Studies
Bruce Gerlach, DMA
Part-time Faculty
Stephen Atherholt, MFA
Director of Musical Theatre

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.

See the full list of events where the MWPA Department contributes.

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.

Oct 27
  • Arts & Culture - Eric Owens and Curtis on Tour Oct 27  7:30 pm - 9:30 pm The Trust Performing Arts Center, 37 N Market St, Lancaster, PA 17603, USA

    Metropolitan Opera Star, bass-baritone Eric Owens, is featured in this concert that will include fellow artists from Curtis On Tour as they perform a variety of masterpieces including Brahm’s Neue Liebeslieder Waltzes. Tickets at lancastertrust.com/events

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Oct 30
  • Arts & Culture - Pianist Daniel Ma Oct 30  3:00 pm - 5:00 pm The Trust Performing Arts Center, 37 N Market St, Lancaster, PA 17603, USA

    The Trust is proud to partner with the Lancaster International Piano Festival (LIPF) to present prodigy Daniel Ma. This young artist won both the Gold Award and the Best Performance of Virtuoso Composition in his category of the 2021 World Piano Teacher Association China-North America International Piano Competition. He will be performing works by Beethoven and Chopin. Buy tickets at lancastertrust.com/events

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Nov 6
  • MWPA - Fall Chorale and Orchestra Concert Nov 6  3:00 pm - 5:00 pm Good Shepherd Chapel, 901 Eden Rd, Lancaster, PA 17601, USA

    Join the LBC orchestra and chorale as they present Saint-Saëns’ glorious Oratorio de Noël, George Walker’s Lyric for Strings, and Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola and Orchestra. Reserve tickets at lbc.edu/events

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Nov 11
  • Arts & Culture - Kings Return Nov 11  7:30 pm - 9:30 pm The Trust Performing Arts Center, 37 N Market St, Lancaster, PA 17603, USA

    Presenting the a cappella quartet who gained fame during the height of the pandemic singing in stairwells on social media. According to Classicfm.com “it’s enough to take your breath away and send a shiver down your spine.” You won’t want to miss it! Tickets at lancastertrust.com/events

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Nov 26
  • Arts & Culture - The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe Theatre Presentation Nov 26  11:00 am - 12:00 pm The Trust Performing Arts Center, 37 N Market St, Lancaster, PA 17603, USA

    The Reverie Actors Company of Lancaster presents a unique adaptation of C. S. Lewis’ beloved story in which all the roles are performed by two actors. This amazing 45-minute adaptation was created by renowned Broadway actress Le Clanché du Rand and toured by the Lincoln Center. Join the Pevensie children in their fantastic journey through the wardrobe where they meet all of your favorite characters from Narnia. It’s the perfect family outing to prepare for the holiday season! A Lancaster holiday tradition for kids of all ages! Reserve Tickets at lancastertrust.com/events

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  • Arts & Culture - The Lion, The Witch, & The Wardrobe Theatre Presentation Nov 26  1:00 pm - 2:00 pm The Trust Performing Arts Center, 37 N Market St, Lancaster, PA 17603, USA

    The Reverie Actors Company of Lancaster presents a unique adaptation of C. S. Lewis’ beloved story in which all the roles are performed by two actors. This amazing 45-minute adaptation was created by renowned Broadway actress Le Clanché du Rand and toured by the Lincoln Center. Join the Pevensie children in their fantastic journey through the wardrobe where they meet all of your favorite characters from Narnia. It’s the perfect family outing to prepare for the holiday season! A Lancaster holiday tradition for kids of all ages! Reserve tickets at lancastertrust.com/events

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Dec 2
  • MWPA - LBC Christmas Concert - Repeat the Sounding Joy Dec 2  7:00 pm - 8:30 pm Good Shepherd Chapel, 901 Eden Rd, Lancaster, PA 17601, USA

    An annual college tradition, the 2022 Christmas Concert features several LBC ensembles in a performance that weaves together a wide variety of Advent and Christmas songs. Reserve your tickets at lbc.edu/events

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Dec 3
  • Arts & Culture - The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe Theatre Presentation Dec 3  11:00 am - 12:00 pm The Trust Performing Arts Center, 37 N Market St, Lancaster, PA 17603, USA

    The Reverie Actors Company of Lancaster presents a unique adaptation of C. S. Lewis’ beloved story in which all the roles are performed by two actors. This amazing 45-minute adaptation was created by renowned Broadway actress Le Clanché du Rand and toured by the Lincoln Center. Join the Pevensie children in their fantastic journey through the wardrobe where they meet all of your favorite characters from Narnia. It’s the perfect family outing to prepare for the holiday season! A Lancaster holiday tradition for kids of all ages! Reserve Tickets at lancastertrust.com/events

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