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About Us

Music Department

Our Story

Founded in 1976, Concordia University Irvine today is one of the region’s leading private nonprofit Christian Lutheran universities. Preparing students for their vocations - their calling in life - Concordia’s Lutheran heritage provides a thoughtful and caring Christian community that lives out the theology of “Grace alone. Faith alone.”

Fast Facts

  • Concordia has 2 orchestras, 2 jazz ensembles, 4 choirs, 4 worship bands, 4 handbell ensembles, commercial music ensemble, Americana Ensemble, and many chamber ensembles.
  • 182 students performed in ensembles in Fall 2017. Almost all of them received a music scholarship.
  • 48 music majors enrolled in Fall 2017.
  • A new music building featuring ensemble rehearsal rooms, recital space, private lesson studios, classrooms, practice rooms, and a recording studio suite is planned to open in 2019. Architectural designer: Bauer Architects. Acoustical design: Walters-Storyk Design Group.

The Arts play a vital role in the mission of a Christian University. An artist can depict our human frailty and need for God, an actor can draw us into the complexities of human relationships with which God has blessed us, and a band of musicians can lead us to glimpses of heavenly beauty.

At Concordia, we experience this every day. I invite you to be a regular part of this special community of creativity and praise.
Jeff Held

Dr. Jeff Held
Assistant Dean, College of Arts and Sciences