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Music Major

Gain hands-on experience in your musical area of expertise and prepare for a bright career.

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Music

Are you passionate about music? Musical inspiration and talent is a gift to both the performer and the audience. The mission of the MVNU Music Department is to promote students’ creativity, encourage potential, and develop the skills, knowledge, and appreciation of the musical arts to be successful musicians, teachers, and entrepreneurs.

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.


The Music Department offers a variety of avenues to pursue a quality music education. The baccalaureate program allows students to choose from a B.A. Music Education or a B.A. Music with a choice of two tracks: Music Performance or General Music.

Also offered are a two-year associate degree and several music minors including a semester-long program through the Contemporary Music Center in Nashville. Another option, in collaboration with the School of Christian Ministry, is a newly approved Worship Arts program. For details of these programs, check out the catalog.


Collegians Chorale: This 40-50 member SATB ensemble performs frequently on campus for events such as chapel, Advent service, Christmas Festival, Spring Concert, Baccalaureate, and is an integral group in the annual Choral Union presentation of Handel's Messiah.

The choir tours the educational region of Ohio, West Virginia, and eastern Kentucky, and also performs the National Anthem for professional athletic games and the MVNU Cougars.

Every third or fourth year, Collegians Chorale takes a mission/concert tour abroad. Past trips have taken them to Croatia, Hungary, Austria, Portugal, Spain, France, Bulgaria, Russia, The Netherlands, Switzerland, and The Czech Republic. Most recently in May, 2023 Collegians returned to Croatia and Italy. This choir performs a wide variety of styles including sacred classics, hymn arrangements, folk, gospel and contemporary.

Collegians Chorale will meet 4:40-5:40 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday in Fall 2023 for 1 credit hour. They also meet 4:40-5:40 on Wednesdays in the fall as part of Choral Union. They do not meet on Wednesday during spring semester. The choir is directed by Dr. Robert Tocheff.

Treble Singers Women's Choir: This women’s ensemble numbers 25-35 members and presents a spring concert on campus, performs in chapel, and tours churches on the educational zone fall and spring semesters. Treble Singers join other choirs for the Choral Union presentation of Handel's Messiah in December. This group meets 4:40-5:40 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday in the fall for 1 credit hour. They do not meet on Wednesday during spring semester. The choir is directed by Mrs. Sabina Anderson.

Goliards Chamber Ensemble: This chamber ensemble numbers 14-20 members and presents fall and spring campus concerts, selected off-campus concerts, and regional tours. Repertoire consists of a cappella chamber choir literature. Goliards rehearses Tuesday and Thursday 3:20-4:20 for 1 credit hour. They also meet 4:40-5:40 on Wednesdays in the fall as part of Choral Union. They do not meet on Wednesdays during spring semester. The choir is directed by Mrs. Carrie Vail.

Music Stage Production: This course provides students an opportunity to prepare and present scenes from an opera or a full operatic production, a Broadway musical, or a musical showcase depending on the semester. The course is taken for 1 credit and rehearsal times are determined at the beginning of each semester. It is directed by Mrs. Carrie Vail.

Flute Choir: The Flute Choir performs at concerts on campus, as well as appearing at the annual Central Ohio Flute Association Festival. This ensemble meets Tuesdays at 10:20 a.m. Flute Choir can be taken for .5 credit hour and is directed by Mrs. Jennifer Packard.

Jazz Band: The Jazz Band performs contemporary, popular, and Big Band jazz music. This ensemble presents fall and spring concerts and performs frequently in other campus activities and at local public schools. The Jazz Band rehearses on Thursday 6:30-8:30 p.m. Jazz Band can be taken for 1 credit hour and is directed by Dr. Isaac Winland.

Pep Band: The Pep Band plays for home basketball games. Rehearsals are Tuesdays 7:00-8:30 p.m. beginning in September and continuing through February, depending on post-season games. Game days and times vary. Pep Band can be taken for .5 credit and is directed by Dr. John Packard.

Symphonic Wind Ensemble: This ensemble is the traditional concert band at MVNU and performs regular fall and spring concerts on campus. The Wind Ensemble also presents concerts and workshops for area schools, most recently for River View High School and Polaris Christian Academy. The ensemble meets Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 3:30-4:30 p.m. Wind Ensemble can be taken for 1 credit hour and is directed by Dr. John Packard.

String Ensemble: This ensemble performs at labs and selected ensemble concerts and is directed by Dr. Juan Carlos Ortega. It generally rehearses once a week, currently for zero credit.

Percussion Ensemble: This ensemble is formed when there is sufficient student interest and budget availability. It is a zero credit ensemble.

Other Chamber Ensembles: These ensembles are formed when there is sufficient student interest and budget availability. They are zero credit ensembles.

Faith & learning at MVNU

As an intentionally Christian University, we integrate our faith into everything we do at MVNU. From prayer before class to exploring real-world moral and ethical dilemmas, we’ll teach you what it means to shine forth.


MVNU offers a number of fantastic travel and study afar programs designed to broaden your perspective, introduce you to new and exciting domestic and international cultures, and enhance your resume.

Students in non-music degrees may complete a general music or worship music minor. Students of all majors have the opportunity to spend a semester in Nashville and complete a minor through the Contemporary Music Center. The program offers a music business track, technical production track, or performing artist track.

Study Abroad:
  • Hungary
  • Spain
  • Austria
  • Italy
  • England
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Jordan
Service Learning:
  • Belize (Tropical Biology)
  • Swaziland
  • Haiti
  • Croatia, Austria & Hungary
  • Italy
  • Spain, Portugal & France
  • Greater Columbus Area
  • Orlando
  • San Francisco
  • New Orleans
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Guyana
  • Guatemala


Need a little help with finances? We’ve got you covered. Explore scholarships, grants, and other resources to help you pay for your education.

Get guidelines, information, applications, and recommendation forms for music scholarships.

The TEACH grant is available for students who plan to teach in high-need areas after graduation.

MVNU has many endowed scholarships available for students of a wide variety of backgrounds and majors.


Our graduates can be found in places like: Kenya, Hawaii, Indonesia, London and Australia. Many are employed as music educators, worship leaders, professors, choir directors, sound engineers, and more! Graduates of the Music Department are trained for a variety of careers, including:


Prepare for graduate school or seminary with emphasis in music.


Become a minister of music, worship leader, or music director.


Become a choral or instrumental music teacher (k-12) or director of orchestral education.


Launch a business as a private studio music teacher or an accompanist.


Serve in or lead a community-based choir or orchestra.


Build a career as a contemporary/classical solo artist, or studio musician.


Music producer, media relations coordinator recording engineer/sound electronics specialist, art/music research.


Artist manager/booking agent, concert hall/festival/opera company manager, music tour or concert logistics coordinator


Become a composer/arranger or get into music publishing, editing, journalism, or critique.


Organize, acquire, preserve, and reference materials related to music, including sheet music and recordings


Become a music therapist (with appropriate certification) and change lives.

Music teacher
Music business
Band performing
Orchestra conductor

Meet the Faculty

Learn from faculty members who know how to balance theory and practical application for a relevant, empowering, Christ-centered learning experience.

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
  • Dr. Susan Armstrong – Voice
  • Dr. Cary Dachtyl – Percussion
  • Charla Dryburgh – Staff Accompanist
  • Larry Lain – Music in the Western World
  • Dr. Adrienne Lape – Clarinet/Sax, Woodwind Methods
  • Dr. Juan Carlos Ortega – Strings/String Ensemble
  • Jenny Packard – Flute/Flute Choir, Woodwind Meth.
  • Dr. Jim Puckett – Composition
  • Jeremy Smith – Low Brass
  • Stephanie Sikora – Voice
  • Dr. Isaac Winland – Jazz Band

R.R. Hodges Chapel and Fine Arts Center

Thorne Performance Hall

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.

Music band room

There is also a large band room on the first floor 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.

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