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

Reformation Day Celebration

Tuesday, October 31

Concordia University Center for Worship and Performing Arts

Free concert admission; lunch $12

9 am: Lecture by Dr. Michael Middendorf and Dr. Adam Francisco, “Why It Still Matters: The Theological and Political Legacy of the Protestant Reformation”

10:30 am: Festival Chapel Service with the Concordia Choir and instrumentalists

11:30 am: Octoberfest luncheon ($12)

1 pm: Concordia Sinfonietta performs Mendelssohn's "Reformation" Symphony

An Evening of Word and Song

Wednesday, November 1 at 7 p.m.

Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, Costa Mesa, CA

An Array of 500 Musicians and Speakers Commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation.

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High School Invitational Choral Festivals

Women's Chorus Festival
Hosted by Donne di Canto
Tuesday, November 7 at 6:30 p.m.

Chamber Chorus Festival
Hosted by the Concordia Choir
Wednesday, November 8 at 10 a.m.

Christian High School Festival
Hosted by the Concordia Choir
Wednesday, November 8 at 2 p.m.

Concordia University Center for Worship and Performing Arts | Free Admission, but seating is very limited for each event. One of the top gatherings of area high school choirs, each performing a short set in the splendid acoustics of the CU Center.

Americana Ensemble

Dr. Tom Mueller, Director

Monday, November 13 at 7 p.m.

Good Shepherd Chapel, Concordia University Irvine

Free admission

The all-acoustic Americana Ensemble performs bluegrass, gospel, old- time, and other repertoire from the string band tradition.

From Heaven Above to Earth I Come

Concordia Christmas Concerts 2017

Featuring
Concordia Choir | Concordia Master Chorale
Donne Di Canto | Men's Chorus
Concert Handbells | Concordia Sinfonietta
Concordia Wind Orchestra

Saturday, December 2 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 3 at 3 p.m.
Friday, December 8 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 9 at 3 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

Concordia University Center for
Worship and Performing Arts
Reserved seating: $30, $20, $15

Celebrate the Christmas season with the voices and instruments of Concordia. Choirs, handbells, and orchestra share glad tidings of great joy—Christ was born to save! Enjoy meaningful carols, old and new, in a festive setting decked with lights and garland. These popular concerts sell out quickly each year! Reserve your seats early for this beloved Concordia tradition.

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Jazz and Commercial Ensembles

Dr. Tom Mueller & Prof. Steve Young, Directors

Monday, December 4 at 7 p.m.

Good Shepherd Chapel, Concordia University Irvine

Free admission

Fall Honors Recital

Monday, December 11 at 5 p.m.

Concordia University Center for Worship and Performing Arts

Free admission

Concordia’s finest student soloists are featured in a fall semester recital.

Concordia Keyboard Day

Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Concordia University Center for Worship and Performing Arts

$25 registration fee per student
(includes morning sessions, lunch, and competition registration)

An event for piano and organ students ages 12-18 (not currently enrolled in college) featuring morning workshops and masterclasses presented by Concordia faculty, and an afternoon scholarship competition. Prizes for competition winners range from $25-$350. For more information, contact Dr. Rachel Ehring at rachel.ehring@cui.edu or 949-214-3415.

Featuring Concordia University Irvine faculty Dr. Hyunjoo Choi, piano;
Dr. Rachel Ehring, piano; Dr. Carol McDaniel, organ and parish music; Dr. Tom
Mueller, organ and jazz piano; Patricia Riffel, piano; Steve Young, worship piano.

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Family Pops Concert
"Musical Monsters Ince"

Saturday, February 3 at 11 a.m
Concordia University Center for Worship and Performing Arts
Free Admission

Concordia Wind Orchestra
Brock Powell '11 Voice-over Artist
Dr. Jeff Held, Director

The Music Monsters are trying so hard to make all the kids sing, but all they keep doing is making them scream! A 45-minute concert integrating hilarious skits for all ages, followed by a free outdoor carnival.

A Night For Valentines

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

Saturday, February 10 at 7:30 p.m. at Concordia University Center for Worship and Performing Arts

$10 general admission/$8 seniors/students free | $15 reserved seating at front tables (limited)

Concordia’s Donne di Canto and Men’s Chorus present a heart-warming concert of love songs. Enjoy the romantic mood, Valentine’s decor, and refreshments.

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Handbell Invitational Concert #1

Saturday, February 24 at 4:30 p.m.

Concordia University Center for Worship and Performing Arts
Free Admission

Concordia’s handbell ensembles host a concert joined by talented regional handbell ensembles from high schools, churches, and communities, including a mass ring.

Concordia Wind Orchestra Southern California Showcase

Friday, March 9. Visit www.cui.edu/gomusic for time.
Joint concert with Wheaton College Symphonic Band Concordia University Center for Worship and Performing Arts

Saturday, March 10 at 6 p.m.
Trinity Lutheran Church, Long Beach

Sunday, March 11 at 5 p.m.
San Diego Chorister’s Guild Children’s Choir Festival
Oceanside, CA

Free admission

Faculty Student Recital

Wednesday, March 14 at 4:30 p.m.

Good Shepherd Chapel

Free admission

CWO High School Invitational

Wednesday, March 14 at 7 p.m.

Concordia University Center for Worship and Performing Arts
Free admission

Performances by Hope Christian H.S. Concert Band (Albequerque, NM) and Santa Margarita H.S. Wind Ensemble, followed by a performance of the Concordia Wind Orchestra.

Featured music: Fifth Symphony ("Sakura") - Alfred Reed

Concordia Choir Tour Home Concert

Concordia Choir Tour and Home Concert Dr. Michael Busch, Conductor

Friday, March 16 at 7:30 p.m.

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

The Concordia Choir presents the final performance of their concert ministry tour at home in the Concordia Center for Worship and Performing Arts. Enjoy an evening of beautiful choral singing.

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Young Ringers Festival

Saturday, March 17
8 a.m. - 10 a.m.: Adjudications & mass rehearsals
10 a.m: CUI Concert Handbells & Spirit Bells Mini-Concert
1:30 p.m: Schools concert

Concordia University Center for Worship and Performing Arts

Free admission

Handbell ensembles from Christian schools from San Francisco to San Diego perform and have their talents adjudicated by Concordia’s directors.

Handbell Invitational Concert #2

Saturday, March 24 at 4:30 p.m.

Concordia University Center for Worship and Performing Arts

Free Admission

Concordia’s handbell ensembles host a concert joined by talented regional handbell ensembles from high schools, churches, and communities, including a mass ring.

Concordia Sinfonietta Concert

Dr. Jeff Held, conductor
Dr. Hyunjoo Choi, piano

Sunday, March 25 at 5 p.m.

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

The Sinfonietta joins with musicians from Vanguard University Orchestra (Dr. Mildred Yi, conductor) to play a repertoire for large symphony orchestra.

Piano Concerto #2 (Rachmaninoff )
Suite from Romeo and Juliet (Prokofiev)
Polovtsian Dances (Borodin)

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Concordia Handbells In Concert

Sunday, April 8 at 4 p.m.

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

Concordia has one of the largest collegiate handbell programs in the nation. Come and hear the ensemble perform an entertaining and richly-varied program of classic, popular, sacred, and original tunes—even from Christmas.

Concordia Americana Ensemble

Dr. Tom Mueller, director

Monday, April 9 at 7 p.m.

Good Shepherd Chapel
Free admission

The all-acoustic Americana Ensemble performs bluegrass, gospel, old-time, and other repertoire from the string band tradition.

Concordia Wind Orchestra

Dr Jeff Held, Conductor
Dr. Julie Long, Flute

Friday, April 13 at 7:30 p.m.

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

The CWO is pleased to present, as a co-commissioning ensemble, composer Frank Ticheli’s new Silver Lining: Concerto for Flute and Wind Ensemble, played by Concordia flute professor, Julie Long.

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A German Requiem

Concordia Master Chorale | The Concordia Choir
Masterworks Orchestra | Dr. Michael Busch, Conductor

Saturday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 22 at 3 p.m.

Concordia University Center for Worship and Performing Arts
Reserved Seating $20/$15/$10

In his exceptional masterwork, Johannes Brahms confronts one of the great struggles of our human existence. The emotional response to a loved one’s death is a universal experience which we all must bear. In his Requiem, Brahms provides loving words of comfort for the ailing soul by carefully selecting passages from Martin Luther’s German translation of the Bible. Long considered a classic, Ein deutsches Requiem is a nobly spiritual work. While entitled A German Requiem, Brahms intended his music for all of humanity and is a shining statement of faith in the promise of new life. A musical highlight of the year!

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Jazz and Commercial Ensembles

Monday, April 23 at 7 p.m.

Good Shepherd Chapel
Free admission

Concordia’s commercial music ensemble and jazz program present an evening of instrumental and vocal jazz. Led by director Dr. Tom Mueller, the concert will feature original compositions and arrangements by faculty and students, along with timeless jazz standards.

Spring Honors Recital

Monday, April 30 at 5 p.m.

Concordia University Center for Worship and Performing Arts
Free admission

Concordia’s finest student soloists are selected by the music faculty to perform in a special recital at the close of our spring semester. Enjoy the solo musical talents of our student vocalists and instrumentalists during this special event.

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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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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