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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

  • The Music Department is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).
  • Concordia has a wind orchestra, symphony orchestra, jazz orchestra, 2 small jazz ensembles, 4 choirs, 5 worship bands, 4 handbell ensembles, commercial music ensemble, Americana Ensemble, and many chamber ensembles.
  • 164 students are enrolled in ensembles. Almost all of them have received a music scholarship to reduce their tuition.
  • 51 music majors enrolled in Fall 2019.
  • The new Borland-Manske Center features ensemble rehearsal rooms, recital space, private lesson studios, classrooms, practice rooms, and a recording studio suite opened in Fall 2019. 
  • Concordia sends a music ensemble on an international tour every other year. In summer 2019, the Concordia Wind Orchestra toured to Paris and Normandy for the 75th anniversary of D-Day ceremonies, and played in cathedrals in the Netherlands. 
  • The Concordia Christmas concerts are one of the largest draws in Southern California. The concerts will be held in Segerstrom Concert Hall in December 2020.
  • Concordia alumni are spread throughout the country. Many serve as teachers and church musicians. Others move on to study at prestigious graduate schools.

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

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