Music Business

Prepare for success in the expansive field of commercial music through a co-major in music business.

Nearly half of Albright students graduate with combined or personalized majors. Click to learn more about majoring in music industry studies or minoring in music at Albright.

“The music program at Albright College prepared me extremely well for my career in the business of entertainment. From vocal lessons, concert choir, record label, production classes and internships, these opportunities granted me the ability to not only land a dream job working with artists and businesses right out of college, but I now run my own brand management company.”

Actor and film producer Andre Forbes-Ezeugwu ’10 (music business & theatre major)

Facilities, Equipment & Technology

In 1990, with a lead gift by philanthropist Doris Chanin Freedman and a major grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, Albright College launched a $6.5 million building project under the direction of architect Adele Santos, who collaborated with sculptor Mary Miss to create the central plaza and amphitheater that form the heart of our Center for the Arts (CFA).

Around this central artwork, Santos designed a south wing to house the Art Department, with studios for drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics and woodworking. The north wing houses the Freedman Gallery, with a small outdoor sculpture court separating it from the northeast wing, which is home to the Music Department and its studios, practice rooms and Roop Hall performance space. The costume and fashion sewing lab connects this floor via a breezeway to the Campus Center. On the second floor of this wing sit the Recording Studio, Wachovia Theatre, box office and mezzanine, where special events and receptions are held. Klein Hall, which serves as a space for class lectures and is home to the International Film Series, directly connects the CFA to the Campus Center on this level.

Across campus from the Center for the Arts is our 900-seat Memorial Chapel that serves as the performing venue for our choral and instrumental programs.

Facilities and Equipment

  • Recording Studio | Located on the second floor of the Center for the Arts, this suite of three adjoining rooms…
  • Roop Hall | The multiuse classroom/recital space seats 150 and includes a small stage and Yamaha grand piano; home to 3-4 Concert Series events per year and used as practice space for 4 choral ensembles and 4 instrumental bands offering 8-12 student concerts per year.
  • Wachovia Theatre | A 270-seat proscenium theatre with adjacent workshop, control room, box office, green room/dressing rooms and costume/sewing lab; home to the Domino Players, Albright College Thespian Society and both the Less Than or Equal To and Soviet Purgatory Improv troupes, which produce 4-5 main stage productions and 12-20 student projects per year.  This space also serves as a recital hall for various guest artists and performing groups.
  • Memorial Chapel | Acoustically rich and visually stunning, this 900-seat space serves as the performing venue for the combined choirs, the band/chamber orchestra concerts, Albright Idol, and other cultural events throughout the year. The chapel is equipped with a Baldwin concert grand piano and the Maier Memorial Organ — donated by William E. Maier, HH.D., ’31, in memory of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Maier. This spectacular pipe organ, built and installed by the Shantz Organ Company of Orrville, Ohio, boasts 2,345 pipes, 54 stops, and is a 40-rank instrument with three manual and pedal divisions, or which the choir and swell divisions are under expression.
  • WXAC 91.3 FM | With studios and offices located in the basement of the Library/Administration Building, Albright College’s own radio station offers first-hand opportunities for students to learn about marketing, public relations and communications, as well as the delivery side of the music business industry.

Technology

Depending on the courses taken and experiential learning opportunities in which you partake, you may come into contact with and develop skills using the following databases, programs, and equipment:

  • ProTools (industry standard sound and video editing)
  • Reason (music production software)
  • Sibelius (music notation software)
  • SchoolDude (online space/venue scheduling software)
  • University Tickets (online ticketing system and subscriber database)
  • WebPort and Citrix (financial accounting and budget reconciliation software)

Albright College Instrument Rental Policy

Instruments (non-keyboard) within the Albright College’s inventory are available for students active in the Music Industry Studies/Music Business degree program(s) with priority given to students enrolled in performance ensembles and/or lessons. The instruments are housed in the CFA building and are administered by the ensemble directors/private instructors of the Music Department. Students are responsible for maintaining their instruments for the term of their rental, and are held responsible for any damages or loss that might occur. Students must transport their own instruments to/from rehearsals and performances.

Rental Procedures

  • Instrument rental forms are available through the Music Department website.
  • Students must consult their ensemble director/private instructor then complete the form submission to acquire the appropriate instrument.
  • Once the form has been submitted and accepted, the student’s ensemble director/private instructor will issue the instrument.
  • This process must be repeated each semester an instrument is issued.

Dates and Deadlines

  • All Music Department instruments must be checked out EVERY semester.
  • All instruments must be returned to the Music Department in the same condition in which it was received.
  • Students are responsible for any damages or loss that may occur during the term of the agreement.
  • Instruments are due back to the Music Department BEFORE the last day of the regular semester.

Guitarist and aspiring singer/songwriter, Nick Homa ’14 (music business/philosophy), partnered with Professor Hal Weary on an Albright Creative Research Experience (ACRE) project that generated Homa’s first album, “Push.” For ten weeks, Weary and Homa developed, recorded, edited, licensed and marketed the full-length album, available through retailers such as iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody and Spotify.


“When you hear the words music business, you quickly think of a fast-paced, exciting and entertaining lifestyle. When I hear the words music business, I think of my Albright family. They made this the most amazing experience for me through their hand-on approach to learning and welcoming family atmosphere. I wouldn’t trade this experience for the world.”

— Alice C. Santana ’10 (music business & international business major)


“The best part of the Albright music business program is the small class size and the record label that allows you to get the knowledge and hands-on experience you need for the basic level of understanding in this business. Lion Records allowed me to put the knowledge I picked up in the classroom and the experience I gained at my internship into use. The program provides you with a background and the record label entrusts you to implement what you have learned in real life situations. Without this, I would not have had the confidence stepping into the business on my own.”

— Dan Emmons ’13 (music business & business administration major)