Music Department | The Arts | Concordia University Irvine

Our program

Our aim is to develop general musicianship, performance, musical collaboration, and critical listening, along with an understanding of various contexts of music. Ensembles—comprised of orchestras, jazz, choirs, worship, commercial music, handbell, and chamber—are open to students studying to be music professionals, as well as students who are non-music majors but desire to perform for the joy of music.

Music events

Spring Tour Choral Concert

Concordia Donne Di Canto
Concordia Men's Chorus
Dr. Marin Jacobson, Conductor

Friday, May 4 at 7 p.m.

Concordia University Center for Worship and Performing Arts
$10 general admission/$8 seniors/students free

Concordia’s select men’s and women’s choirs perform inspirational choral music in this home concert of their Hawaii ministry tour.

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Handbells Tour: Phoenix Area

May 11 - 7:00 PM evening concert, Risen Savior Lutheran Church (Chandler/Sun Lakes, AZ)
May 12 - 7:00 PM concert, Christ’s Greenfield Lutheran Church (Gilbert, AZ)
May 13 - 8:00 AM & 10:45 AM (Resound!); 8:30 AM & 10:30 AM in the Gym (both Concert Handbells and Spirit Bells), Christ Church (Phoenix, AZ)
May 14 - 9:30 AM Chapel, Valley Lutheran High School (Phoenix, AZ)
May 15 - 2:00 PM School concert, Christ Church; 7:00 PM Evening concert, North Valley Christian Academy (Phoenix, AZ)
May 16 - 8:35 AM Chapel, North Valley Christian Academy

Concordia University Irvine's handbells perform in the Phoenix area

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Music spotlight


Christian Guebert

Christian Guebert

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Catherine Standridge

Catherine Standridge

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Reformation Tour

Reformation Tour

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Meet Music Alumnus

Christian Guebert

Orange, CA


Degrees: B.A., Music Composition, ’10; Certificate, Director of Parish Music, CUI, ’13; M.M., Music Composition, CSUF, ’13; Ph.D. Student, Herb Alpert School of Music, UCLA, ’20

Job: Director, Music Ministries, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Orange; Adjunct Professor, Department of Music, CUI; Teaching Assistant (ear training, singing, keyboard harmony), UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music

How did Concordia prepare you for your career?
I entered the music program at CUI with the goal of becoming a composer, and left not just with that skill, but also with a solid understanding of all the fundamentals of music. I began directing music at a church and teaching college classes within two years of graduating from CUI. I found that Concordia’s program encourages performances of student’s compositions, and it gives musicians plenty of performing experience.

Favorite quite:
A composing mentor once said, “your performers never get the same breaths back again—make each breath you use a meaningful one.”

Most memorable moment of your career:
In the spring, I got to hear a professional 24-voice choir sing my new choral piece, “The Untold Want,” the prizewinning selection of the Pacific Chorale’s 2017 Young Composers Competition. It was a wonderful affirmation of my vocational choice of composing music for life!

Learning facilities

Celebrating the groundbreaking of our new Music, Worship & Theology building. Slated to open Spring 2019.

Music, worship and theology intersect in the hearts of people, and now they will intersect in the heart of Concordia University Irvine’s campus. The two wings of the 38,500 square-foot Music, Worship & Theology building bring together the musical tradition and theological foundation of the Lutheran faith in a space that will serve the campus community and the Church worldwide spiritually, musically, and practically for decades to come.


The Concordia University Center

The Concordia University Center

The CU Center is the performance home for Concordia's music ensembles. Its 500-seat semi-circular auditorium, sweeping vista, and spacious acoustics provide an exciting atmosphere for music concerts and worship. The center is home to a magnificent Casavant organ—one of the finest instruments in Orange County—as well as a grand piano by Steinway.


The Good Shepherd Chapel

The Good Shepherd Chapel

The Good Shepherd Chapel is used regularly for solo recitals and chamber music. It is an intimate hilltop venue with seating for 100 featuring city views and warm acoustics. It also houses a two-manual Schlicker pipe organ.

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