Palm Beach Atlantic University

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The Palm Beach Symphony and the Palm Beach Atlantic University Concert Choir perform in PBA's DeSantis Family Chapel during the 2011 International Piano Festival.


You delight in making “a joyful noise unto the Lord.” You want to bring your passion and commitment to music to life — in your studies and beyond. As a student in PBA’s music department, you can do just that — and more.

Your Program
As a student in PBA’s music department, you may choose from the following programs:



B.A. Music

Instrument Performance
Keyboard Performance

Popular Music (Including Industry Track, Worship Leadership Track)

Voice Performance

Music Composition
Music Education (K-12)


Popular Music

Your Experience
At PBA, you’ll:

  • Benefit from a program that’s accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music
  • Develop the skills and knowledge you need to teach music in schools, churches or recreational programs
  • Take your musical skills to the next level through private instruction each week
  • Hone your performance skills through a variety of opportunities, from PBA choirs to ensembles
  • Experience an arts education grounded in the liberal arts with a Christian perspective
  • Develop a perspective to your musical endeavors through Christ-centered service projects and cocurricular opportunities
  • Enjoy a 13:1 student-to-faculty ratio and an average class size of just 19
  • Engage in hands-on learning through internships and experiences with professional musicians
  • Enhance your knowledge and skills through clubs and organizations
  • Graduate with a true understanding and appreciation of music


PBA had a hand in the success of the Christian rock group Casting Crowns. The Grammy- and Dove award-winning group was “discovered” after it swept PBA’s first Gospel Music Association’s On Campus Spotlight & Song Competition. The event is the Christian music industry’s official talent competition. Casting Crowns was then signed to Beach Street Records by Mark Miller, lead singer for Sawyer Brown.

Your Facilities
You’ll learn in the elegant Vera Lea Rinker Hall, featuring the 159-seat Helen K. Persson Recital Hall with acoustics that rival the best Italian opera houses. The facility also houses the Instrumental Rehearsal Hall, which is large enough for full symphony orchestra and symphonic band rehearsals, and the Percussion Studio. You’ll have access to a smaller ensemble rehearsal room, a computer/piano lab with 13 workstations, three composition labs, 15 soundproof practice rooms with “smart music” hookups and the most advanced software and technology.

Your Faculty
You’ll learn from seasoned performers, including a faculty member who has performed as a soloist throughout Central and South America and served as principal second violin with the National Chamber Players. Another earned a master’s degree at The Juilliard School and has performed with orchestras at the Music Academy of the West, Princeton University, University of Miami and the Miami Pops.

Your Opportunities
You’ll have fun and enhance your music studies through performing with the:


  • Oratorio Chorus 
  • Concert Choir
  • Women’s Chorale A student is instructed in a Master Class by Nelson Delle-Vigne Fabbri during Palm Beach Atlantic University's International Piano Festival.
  • Opera Workshop
  • PBA Symphony
  • Symphonic Band
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Early Music Ensemble
  • World Music Ensembles
  • Brass Ensemble
  • Percussion Ensemble
  • String Ensemble
  • Woodwind Ensemble
  • Guitar Ensemble
  • Handbell Choir
  • Pop-rock Lab Ensemble

Events like the International Piano Festival make it possible for you to interact with world-renowned musicians and performers.


Speaking of PBA...

“PBA can help you hone your skills or just enjoy your passion. Whatever it is you want to pursue, we have a place for you: classes, ensembles, concerts, private lessons and more. Check out the School of Music & Fine Arts and envision your place in it!”
-- Dean of the School of Music and Fine Arts
Dr. Lloyd Mims

901 S. Flagler Drive
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
888-GO-TO-PBA 888-468-6722