Adding to the Rhythm of Life
Concordia’s music program builds on a strong tradition of excellence. From the packed performances of our Christmas Chorale going for over sixty-five years, to regional and international concert tours, Concordia’s music ensembles are known for their outstanding performances of some of the finest musical literature from all eras. We invite you to become a member of Concordia’s dynamic, musical tradition.
Concordia students are able to hone their musical skills through study with some of Portland’s finest musicians including members of the Portland Opera, The Oregon Symphony, and the Portland Ballet Orchestra. Scholarships are available, by audition, for students from all majors. Many of our students are involved in multiple ensembles and can receive scholarships for each – a fact that sets Concordia apart from many other colleges.
Current music ensembles include:
- Brass Ensemble
- Christi Crux Vocal Ensemble
- Concert Choir
- Handbell Ensemble
- Praise Ensemble
- String Ensemble
- Wind Ensemble
In addition, Concordia offers a music minor for those interested in enhancing their degree program.
- Excellent ensembles performing a superb repertoire of varied musical eras
- Talent-based ensemble scholarships are available to students in any major of study
- Studio instructors are drawn from prestigious organizations such as the Oregon Symphony and Portland Opera
- Small class sizes enable music faculty to give students personal attention to ensure their success
“From the age of seven I wanted to be an opera singer, but when it came time for college, I needed extra encouragement and financial support. Concordia has helped me every step of the way. if I hadn’t come to Concordia, I would not have had the opportunities I’ve had to develop my gifts and share them with the community and the world.” – Emmanuel Henreid ’13
How a college degree pays off
Among the most frequently asked questions from potential college students and their parents deals with career opportunities. “Can I get a job in that field?” and “What are the salary ranges?”
It is difficult to answer either question with specifics. Securing a job in any field depends on many factors, including the strength of the economy, market trends in specific job markets and skills of the college graduate in relationship to other job applicants.
The Wall Street Journal recently published an article (May 7, 2015) on college degrees and income. Melissa Korn states, “On average, college graduates earn about $1 million more in their lifetimes than do adults who only completed high school.” But you need to drill deeper into the details to understand how educational decisions can impact potential earnings. While you need a subscription to the WSJ to read the entire article, you can watch a video on their website to grasp the scope of the story (click "wsj.com/TheShortAnswer" in the lower right corner of the graph). Click HERE for the earnings graph by discipline. The complete report from the Center on Education and the Workforce from Georgetown University can be accessed here: The College Payoff: Education, Occupations, Lifetime Earnings.
In addition, PayScale provides a college salary report as to how different majors and degrees potentially affect lifetime earnings. Click on the "Major Grouping" to the left of the graph and drag your mouse over the various lines on the graph to highlight specific majors/disciplines and median earnings potential. The graph compares different degree levels along with years in the workforce. Salary information is collected by PayScale through online surveys.
Thanks for considering a degree from Concordia University Portland. We provide high quality instruction across programs to equip our graduates to transform society.