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.

Lancaster Bible College is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)

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Meet Our Faculty

Full-time & Part-time Faculty

Paul Thorlakson, DMA
Professor, Director of Piano Studies, 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, DMA
Assistant Professor & Director of Vocal Studies
Rachel Sidebothom, MEd
Assistant Professor, Director of Music Education Studies, Oboe Instructor, Associate Chair of MWPA
Timothy Sidebothom, PhD
Professor, Director of Music: Elective Studies
Stephen Atherholt, MFA
Director of Musical Theatre
Doris Hall-Gulati, MM
Part-time Faculty, Director of Instrumental Studies. Director of LBC Orchestra

Vocal Studies

Keyboard Studies

Instrumental Studies

Musical Theatre


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.


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

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