Are you passionate about music? Musical inspiration and talent is a gift to both the performer and the audience. Great music and art can point us to truth, goodness, and beauty.
The Music program at MVNU provides students with training from seasoned professionals, offering experiences in classical and contemporary music in a variety of venues. Students have the opportunity to participate in numerous choral and instrumental music ensembles, events and special performances, study abroad trips, and more. Scholarships are available to music majors and minors as well as non-majors. Guided by outstanding faculty with a commitment to faith-based liberal arts education, students are able to develop their God-given talents and abilities in music.
- Learning abroad — As an MVNU Music major, you will have the opportunity to study abroad in Hungary, Spain, Austria, Italy, England, Ireland, Israel, and Jordan.
- Professional success — Our grads are in high demand worldwide, working in places like Hawaii, Kenya, and Australia (Hillsong).
- Practical experience — You will have extensive opportunities to gain hands-on experience in your area of expertise, such as music and worship internships, student teaching, conducting department ensembles, various regional competitions, membership in multiple choral and instrumental ensembles, and more.
- The MVNU Music department’s mission is to promote creativity and encourage music potential so that students can excel in the skills, knowledge, and appreciation gained in the musical arts, developing into Christ-like leaders influencing their community and beyond.
- Professor Elizabeth Barrett, Assistant Professor of Music
- Dr. JoAnn Koh-Baker, Professor of Music
- Dr. John Packard, Professor of Music, Department Chair
- Dr. Robert Tocheff, Professor of Music
The faculty of the Music Department are talented musicians and excellent instructors. All are respected in their discipline on campus and in other professional settings. They reflect a wide range of abilities as accomplished vocalists, pianists, instrumentalists, conductors, and clinicians.
Adjunct Faculty and Staff
- Rebecca Abbott – Organ, Music and Worship, Staff Accompanist
- Sabina Anderson – Treble Singers
- Tiffany Damicone – French Horn
- Charla Dryburgh – Staff Accompanist
- Adrienne Lape – Clarinet/Sax
- Ivan Leavitt – Pep Band
- Doug Neel – Guitar/Low Brass
- Juan Carlos Ortega – Strings/String Ensemble
- Jenny Packard – Flute/Flute Choir, Woodwind Meth.
- Jim Puckett – Composition/Percussion/Perc. Meth.Percussion Ensemble/Jazz Band/Sight Singing
- Stephanie Sikora – Voice
- Carrie Vail – Voice
MVNU Music majors spend much of their time in the R.R. Hodges Chapel and Fine Arts Center. The first floor of the Chapel features the Thorne Performance Hall, which features a new Shigeru Kawai piano. This is where Music majors perform their senior recitals. There is also a large band room in which you will learn and practice. The second floor of the Chapel holds fully equipped musical classrooms, such as a keyboard lab for piano class. There are also multiple small practice rooms with pianos and outstanding acoustics for student use.
MVNU students have the opportunity to travel through participation in Music and Ministry teams, which travel to churches, camps, and retreats across the U.S. to lead worship. Music and Ministry teams are coordinated by the Admissions department.
MVNU’s student choir, Collegians, along with other MVNU student ensembles, travels both locally and internationally to perform.
All students are also invited to participate in our many other service and learning trips.
- Oct. 2, Nov. 13, Jan. 15, and Feb. 19 – MVNyou Day audition days
Sat., Feb. 17 – Annual scholarship day
Music Scholarships are talent-based awards, open to all students regardless of major, and awarded through an audition before MVNU music faculty.
Scholarship awards range from approximately $650–$2500 for one academic year and are available for voice, piano, guitar, most wind and string instruments, percussion, organ and composition. Awards specifically for music majors can be as high as $3500. All prospective students considering music as a major are expected to audition for consideration.
Deadline to submit the application form is February 7, 2018 (or one week prior to any MVNU Day audition). Applicants can also send in an audition via recording. Additional guidelines, information, application and recommendation forms can be found at https://www.mvnu.edu/musicscholarships.
To be eligible for a scholarship, students must agree to study privately at MVNU on the instrument (or voice) on which they auditioned; register for one of the MVNU Music Department ensembles each semester of the award year; and maintain a good academic standing. All music scholarships are renewable for the next year as long as the student continues to meet the above requirements.
Our graduates can be found in places like: Kenya, Hawaii, and Australia. Many are employed as music educators, worship leaders, professors, choir directors, sound engineers, and more!
Our graduates have continued further study at:
- Eastman School of Music
- The Ohio State University
- Baylor University
- Belmont University
- Kent State University
"Both my B.A. in Music Performance and A.S. in Business Administration could not have prepared me better for my future. I also enjoyed the smaller class sizes, the personalized teaching experience and the professors’ devotion to each student."Sutton (Massie) Higginbottoms '15