Program led by former Broadway performer and regional professionals.
Bringing Glory to God on Stage
If you’ve always dreamed of performing under the bright lights, take your first step to getting there. With classes that focus on theater and the Bible, and the chance to interact with professionals in the field – including former and current Broadway performers – we will equip you with the tools you need to become a great performer.
LBC’s convenient location in the Mid-Atlantic affords students the chance to network with eight local theaters, is within driving distance of 15 theatrical venues in the greater Philadelphia area, and we boast a consistent high placement of LBC students in vocal competitions. We also have excellent relationships with other local performing arts companies and organizations, like Sight & Sound Theatres and Servant Stage Company.
LBC also has it’s very own performance venue in downtown Lancaster, the Trust Performing Arts Center, where students experience world-class visiting performing artists whom they can interact with in masterclass settings.
So if you’re looking for a Christian college that will give you an education in musical theatre with the Bible at its core, consider Lancaster Bible College.
“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” – 1 Corinthians 10:31
Students in the Music, Worship & Performing Arts department get the chance to showcase their musical skills through recitals, concerts and by leading worship during chapel.
Paul Thorlakson, D.M.A.
Professor, Director of Piano Studies, Director of LBC Orchestra, Chair of Music, Worship & Performing Arts Department
“I think of faithful music making in much the same way as Eric Liddell felt about his athletic pursuits: ‘I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast, When I run I feel God’s pleasure.’ When I perform music to the Glory of God, I sense in His pleasure in the pursuit of artistic excellence.” — Dr. ThorlaksonRead Bio
D.M.A. in Piano, Theor, and Conducting – The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY
M.C.M. – The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Louisville, KY
B.Mus. in Piano Performance – The University of Toronto, Canada
“Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts.” – Colossians 3:16
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
“God has entrusted each of us with talents (Mt. 25:14–30). Your job is to invest those talents in such a way that they develop into skill, which God will ultimately use for His glory (Ps. 33:3). My job as a professor is to help you do that (1 Chr. 15:22).” — Dr. BigleyRead Bio
D.M.A. in Choral Conducting – University of Washington, Seattle, WA
M.Mus. in Conducting-Choral and Orchestral – The Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY
B.Mus. in Music Media and Industry – The University of Miami, Miami, FL
“Trust in the Lord and do good. Dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.” – Psalm 37:3
Timothy Sidebothom, Ph.D.
Professor, Director of Music: Elective Studies
“While Desmond Tutu is credited with saying: ‘If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse, and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.’ God’s Word clearly taught us first that our role as Christ-followers and musicians is not neutral in the present, the past or the future, but we first need to know where we’ve been (through studying history) so we best know where we’re going!” – Dr. SidebothomRead Bio
Ph.D. in Liturgical Studies – Drew University, Madison, NJ
M.M. in Church Music/Organ – Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ
B.M. in Church Music/Organ – Houghton College, Houghton, NY
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away: behold, the new is come.” – 2 Corinthians 5:17
Rachel Sidebothom, M.Ed.
Assistant Professor, Director of Music Education Studies, Oboe Instructor, Director of Chamber Ensembles, Associate Chair of MWPA
“I believe music is an eternal gift given to us by God to glorify Him and encourage and edify one another. What greater profession can one have than training students of all ages to know, understand, develop, and use this gift!” — Mrs. SidebothomRead Bio
M.M.E. – Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
B.S. in Bible – Lancaster Bible College, Lancaster, PA
“Not to us, Lord, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness.” – Psalm 115:1
Bruce Gerlach, D.M.A.
“In my joy, I’ve joined the dance of Union with the Three in One” – from the hymn “Union With the Three in One”– Dr. GerlachRead Bio
D.M.A. in Conducting, Theory and Organ – The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY
M.Mus. in Composition – West Chester University, West Chester, PA
B.S. in Music Education – The Kings College, New York City, NY
Jeffrey Martin, M.M.
Assistant Professor, Director of Vocal Studies, Director of Chapel Guild
“God made each of us uniquely. Training our voices is equally unique.” – Dr. MartinRead Bio
D.M.A. candidate in Vocal Performance degree program – University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
M.M. in Vocal Performance – The Peabody Conservatory, Baltimore, MD
B.Mus. in Voice Education – Shepherd College, Shepherdstown, WV
“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” – Proverbs 27:17
Preston Cuer, B.F.A.
Adjunct Faculty - Stage Combat
“Safety, consent, and teamwork are essential not only in performance, but in our lives.”Read Bio
Earning his B.S. in Computer Information Sciences and his B.F.A. in Theater Performance, Preston has worked as a Software Engineer with Cargas Systems, Inc since 2011. He has been a part of various theaters in the Lancaster area since 2010, serving in many areas from acting or technical work to Fight Direction. A certified Advanced Actor Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors, Preston has almost 20 years of experience in Stage Combat, creating stage combat choreography for several theaters in the Lancaster area and Off Broadway. Preston continues to work to create a safe and welcoming environment in theaters and strives to teach his students to do the same.
B.F.A. – Theatre Performance & a Minor in Philosophy, Niagara University, Buffalo, NY
B.S. – Computer Information Sciences, Niagara University, Buffalo, NY
“Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” -John 15:13
Danika Steinmetz, B.F.A.
“To me, a class session wasn’t successful if we didn’t all laugh together at least once. Life can be difficult. School can be difficult. If we don’t acknowledge and appreciate the joyful and humorous moments, then we are racing through life too quickly.” – Mrs. SteinmetzRead Bio
B.F.A. Dance Performance (Class of 2017) – Conservatory of Dance at SUNY Purchase, Purchase, NY
“Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.” – Psalm 43:5
A foundational understanding of a biblical theology of worship is introduced. Additionally, an overview of the art of worship from early Christian times through the current post-modern trends is included. Practical implications for worship situations in today’s church are drawn from both the biblical and historical context.
Designed to continue the actor training begun in Introduction to Acting, this course includes more advanced training in the skills of character analysis and performance. A variety of monologues and ensemble scenes will be studied and performed throughout the semester.
Beginning ballet; development of elementary ballet technique and knowledge of terminology using barre, center work, and beginning movement combinations; with an emphasis on alignment. Knowledge gained from this course will establish a foundation and proper understanding of ballet as a prerequisite for Ballet II.
This course introduces the student to the principles and practice of stage management, with particular emphasis on the role and responsibilities of a professional technical director. Dialogue on the impact of a biblical worldview to the technical arts is inherent in the course. In addition, discussion of leadership principles, resources for character development, and discussion of administrative process are included. The course includes exposure to technical directors serving/working in the professional world of ministry and/or public venues.
Acting lll is a professionally based technique course in musical theatre performance. This class intends to help students find physical and emotional life in their work connected to the active pursuit of objectives in musical theatre texts. In other words this course intends to help students to “act” their songs.
An investigation of the origin and development of sacred song from its beginnings to the present, with special reference to the relation of sacred Christian song to historical, sociological and theological trends, and the biblical principles and historical trends inherent in the use of sacred song in personal and corporate worship. Sacred song in Western civilization will be the central focus, though not to the exclusion of other world music movements and influences.
This course examines music from the Biblical and Ancient periods, through the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Baroque eras, concentrating on the major composers of each era, their musical contributions, vocal and instrumental developments and the progression of musical style and form within the historical, sociological, technological, and theological advancements and influences of these eras.
This course examines music from Classicism to Romanticism, concentrating on the major composers of each era, their musical contributions, vocal and instrumental developments, and the progression of musical style and form within the historical, sociological, technological, and theological advancements and influences of these eras.
Acting IV presents a professional perspective in the skills of character analysis and performance. A variety of monologues and ensemble scenes will be studied and performed throughout the semester, with the requirement that the student prepare as if auditioning for a professional theatrical call.
A study of the development of musical theatre from its roots in European opera and American minstrel shows through its variations of the 20th century and today.
This course will enable the student to safely rehearse and perform effective acts of violence for the dramatic stage. Additional focus will be given to freeing the body for natural and believable creative response by utilizing “The Viewpoints”. The Viewpoints is a technique of improvisation that grew out of the post-modern dance world. The Viewpoints allows a group of actors to function together spontaneously and intuitively to generate bold, theatrical work quickly. It develops flexibility, articulation, and strength in movement and makes ensemble playing really possible.
Performance Career Seminar is designed to prepare upper-level students for careers in the field of musical theatre and opera. Team-taught by musical theatre professionals from the community, the seminar will expose students to a variety of subjects including audition preparation, networking, and professional etiquette. By the end of the seminar, students will articulate a mission statement for their careers balancing a biblical worldview with professional ambition and personal giftedness.
An introduction to drama as a performing art with emphasis upon physical movement and the use of voice in the development of characterization, this class serves as a functional approach to the basic techniques of acting with an in class performance final.
This course will enable the student to safely rehearse and perform effective acts of violence for the dramatic stage. Additional focus will be given to freeing the body for natural and believable creative response by utilizing “The Viewpoints”. The Viewpoints is a technique of improvisation that grew out of the post-modern dance world. The Viewpoints allows a group of actors to function together spontaneously and intuitively to generate bold, theatrical work quickly. It develops flexibility, articulation and strength in movement and makes ensemble playing really possible.
1. APPLY TO LBC BY COMPLETING OUR ONLINE APPLICATION.
2. AUDITION FOR ACCEPTANCE INTO THIS MAJOR
Every student who applies to any major in the Music, Worship & Performing Arts department must audition for acceptance into the major of their interest and must also be accepted as a student to Lancaster Bible College.