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Music

Adding to the Rhythm of Life

Learning, making, and sharing music in its many wondrous forms is the goal of Concordia’s music program. Students perform in a variety of choral and instrumental ensembles and make numerous presentations each year. In addition, Concordia ensembles travel domestically and internationally, sharing the inspiring and transformational gift of music with the world. Small class sizes in courses such as music theory, history, composition, and conducting enable our experienced faculty to dedicate personal attention to each student. Concordia’s music major is a rich experience that prepares graduates for success in music education, music ministry, and graduate school. The majority of Concordia’s music graduates find employment as a music professional or are accepted into a music graduate program within two years after their graduation.

Why Concordia?

Pre-Graduate/Performance Music Strand: Existing in an artistically oriented city as Portland, Concordia University is able to draw on a wealth of music professionals to serve as members of its music faculty. Students are able to study privately from members of such highly esteemed ensembles such as the Oregon Symphony and the Portland Opera as they seek to perfect their musical skills.

Music Ministry Strand: Learning to be a music professional from a Christian/Lutheran university such as Concordia University provides students an understanding of the very ethos of what it means to be a musician within the context of a Christian environment. Presenting music to uplift others in their Christian faith, ensembles seek to perform music to God’s glory and not to glory of mankind.

Music Education Strand: While many music education degrees are typically five-year programs that end with just a bachelor’s degree, Concordia’s program is a five-year program that gives you both a bachelor’s degree with a music major and a master’s degree in teaching (MAT). Beginning your teaching career with a master’s degree will definitely give you a head start on other recent graduates.

Fast Facts

  • Studio instructors are drawn from prestigious organizations such as the Oregon Symphony and Portland Opera
  • Talent-based ensemble scholarships are available to students in any major of study
  • 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