Music plays a large role in student life at Concordia, both as an area of study and a mode of expression. The music program combines excellent faculty, facilities and students in a nurturing community of joy. Competition is downplayed; cooperation and community are our heart. The program is designed so that students can explore many aspects of fine arts performance. The result is music-making at a high level and life-long relationships between students and with faculty mentors. The department is housed in the Buetow Music Center. Facilities include a 500-seat auditorium with a 43 rank Schlicker pipe organ, digital piano classroom, rehearsal halls, classrooms, two electronic music studios equipped with keyboards and computers loaded with Finale and SMARTMUSIC technology, practice rooms equipped with Steinway pianos and faculty teaching studios.
Music ensembles are open to all students. Admittance is based on auditions held before each academic year and at various times throughout the year. The hundreds of performance opportunities each year include weekly recitals, campus concerts, off-campus tours (United States and abroad), daily chapel services, services at area churches and other community functions. Our vocal groups include the Christus Chorus, Jubilate, Chamber Choir, Opera Workshop, Shades of Harmony Multicultural Gospel Choir and Vocal Jazz Ensemble. Instrumental groups are the Concert Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, Percussion Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble Chamber String Ensemble, Flute Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, Handbell Ensemble, Woodwind Ensemble, Beginning Handbells, Jazz Combo, Saxophone Ensemble, Musical Theatre Pit Orchestra, Christmas Concert Orchestra and Chapel Band. Private lessons are available in all instruments and voice. Scholarships ranging from $500-$5,000 are available for both majors and non-majors.
Concordia music graduates have obtained rewarding careers in performance, music education, music sales and marketing, history/literature, theory composition, and church positions.