About the Music Department...
Music plays a large role in student life at Concordia, as an area of study
and a mode of expression. The music curriculum includes courses in music
theory and composition, history and literature, church music, music education,
vocal and instrumental techniques, conducting, private lessons in voice, piano,
organ, harpsichord, guitar and all band and orchestra instruments, plus a full
range of ensembles. The faculty includes some of the finest artist-teachers
in the Twin Cities. The Buetow Music Center features a 500-seat auditorium;
three rehearsal rooms for choir, band, and chamber ensembles; 16 private
practice rooms; four organ practice rooms; two electronic MIDI labs, including
SMARTMUSIC technology; 16 faculty offices/studios; and a three-manual concert
organ designed by Hermann Schlicker. Concordia became an all-Steinway
piano school in 2002.
The CSP choirs, bands, and ensembles are open to all students, based on
auditions held before each academic year and at various times throughout the
year. The hundreds of performance opportunities each year include Friday
afternoon recitals, campus recitals and concerts, daily chapel services, services
at area congregations, and many other community functions.
Concordia vocal groups include the Christus Chorus, Jubilate, Chamber Choir,
Opera Workshop and the Shades of Harmony Multi-cultural Gospel Choir.
Christus Chorus performs major choral works and tours nationally (and
internationally every 4 years). The group has performed for state and regional
music educator conventions, national church gatherings, and with the
Jubilate performs in daily chapel services, special chapel worship services, Lenten
and Spring Vespers Services and at area Lutheran churches.
Chamber Choir is a select small ensemble that focuses on secular art music and
Opera Workshop prepares fully staged, costumed scenes from selected operas.
Gospel Choir is made up of students, staff, and community members and sings
new arrangements of Gospel music and music of global cultures.
Concert Band is Concordia's flagship touring instrumental group, performing
standard wind ensemble literature at concerts, daily chapel services, and
Other smaller ensembles include:
Jazz Band, Percussion Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble, Chamber String Ensemble,
Flute Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, Handbell Ensemble, Beginning Handbells,
Woodwind Ensemble, Jazz Band, Saxophone Ensemble, Chapel Band
Music Scholarships ranging from $500-$5,000 are available for both majors
and non-majors. Click HERE for the on-line scholarship application form.
Or for more information contact:
Dr. David Mennicke firstname.lastname@example.org 651-641-8828
Music Major: Bachelor of Arts Degree
Church Music: Organ, Piano, Choral, Instrumental, Guitar, and Composition Tracks
(can add Director of Parish Music Certification for roster status in LCMS)
Music (Liberal Arts): Performance, History/Literature, and Theory/Composition
Music Education: Grades K-12 Classroom, Vocal &Instrumental Tracks
(public or Lutheran teacher)
Music Minor: ideal for non-majors who are involved in lessons and ensembles)
Music Emphasis: an option within the Director of Christian Education Program
Possible careers in music include:
Performing -- vocal, instrumental, conducting
Music Education -- in schools, community groups, and private businesses
Music Sales, Marketing and Management
Music Scholarship -- critical writing