To maintain the high level of academic excellence that's expected from Concordia University Irvine, we must adapt our campus, improving it to meet the changing needs of today's educational environment.
In 2016, we celebrated 40 years of academic service. Today, we look with optimism toward our future. With a goal of $30 million, the Campaign for the Music, Worship & Theology (MWT) building looks to affirm what has been central to our campus, and build the foundation for a bright future. Bringing Theology and Music to the heart of campus, the MWT building underscores the important historical intersection of these two disciplines.
Culminating three years of planning, Concordia University Irvine's campus improvements will continue to build upon a master plan that is architecturally beautiful and educationally effective. From these classrooms, practice rooms, and halls, we will continue to send out graduates equipped for learning, service, and leadership.
One wing will house a dedicated Theology library, classrooms, and faculty offices for Christ College, Concordia University’s school of theology.
It’s important to us that the MWT building serves not just our Music and Christ College students, but our entire campus. The space has been carefully designed to include welcoming, accessible entry points for our whole community, including a new courtyard and outdoor gathering spaces.
Classrooms will overlook the baseball field and French Hill and be in close proximity to the Library Arts Building, CU Center, Grimm Hall and CU Arena.
The Music Wing will feature larger, acoustically rich rehearsal halls for choral groups.
The Orchestra room will provide larger, acoustically rich rehearsal accommodations for instrumental groups.
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 sq ft 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.
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I accord music the highest place next to theology.
- Martin Luther
The acoustical design of the music practice and performance rooms is being created by the Walters Storyk Design Group, the firm that did the acoustics and audio system design for well-known clients like the Rio Olympics, Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City, the Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA), as well as The Church (UK), the famed recording studio where Adele recorded her latest album, and many other concert halls and music venues around the world.
The proposed 38,550 square-foot Music, Worship & Theology building will have two wings with a breezeway connecting them. One wing will have group and individual music rehearsal and practice rooms with outstanding acoustics and a state-of-the-art recording studio; the other will house classrooms and faculty offices for Christ College, Concordia University’s school of theology. Between the buildings will be an Arts Court, providing an exterior gathering location for students and staff.
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We are placing music, worship and theology at the heart of campus to create a place for study, creativity, reflection, adoration and passionate seeking with both head and heart.
- Rev. Dr. Steve Mueller '86, Dean of Christ College
Here at Concordia we are attuning the human ear and heart to the God-given glory of music and facilitating a deep sense of musicianship.
You play an important role as alumni, parents, and friends, in discipling these future leaders to fulfill the great commission, serve the community, and impact the world for Christ. Join us at one of these events and connect with the great things God is doing here.
Over the past 40 years, God has done great things here. Things that impacted His Kingdom for good, things that changed our community for the better. This story that began in Irvine, with your grandparents, and your parents, belongs to all of us. We have seen God’s steady hand in the people, places, and passions that have brought Concordia to where it is today. Because it’s always been about Christ and our calling to make disciples.
Classes begin for the first academic year in the single-building campus with 36 students, 5 faculty members and 2 staff members.
Construction begins for the Founders Hall (classrooms and labs) and Alpha Building (Residence Hall) and is completed in the same year.
Christ College earns full academic accreditation from the Western Alliance of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
Sports Arena and Hallerberg Multi-purpose Center construction completed.
Library and the Center for Worship and the Performing Arts construction completed.
Christ College Irvine becomes Concordia University Irvine, the tenth campus in the national Concordia University System that was formed by the LCMS in 1992.
Rodney Lawrence Grimm Memorial Student Union construction completed.
Concordia is listed in the John Templeton Honor Roll of Character-building Colleges.
First Endowed Chair established: Harry and Caroline Trembath Chair of Confessional Theology.
Men's Basketball wins the NAIA Division I Championship.
Robert Alan Grimm Hall completed and dedicated in March.
Concordia unveils The Core Curriculum, its innovative general education program. Later, the core curriculum is titled Q & I for Enduring Questions & Ideas.
Ribbon cutting ceremony at new Concordia University Spectrum Center location.
Concordia Completes Membership Requirements for NCAA DII
This is more than a building project; it is a statement of who we are.
- Steve Young, Assistant Professor of Music & Director of Worship Arts Leadership Institute