Music is a vital part of Concordia University Chicago. As a student, you can find your place in music whether you are taking courses in music, participating in ensembles or enjoying music as a listener. Concordia-Chicago places music in high regard, whether in academic study, participation in ensembles, or enjoyment as a listener. Because of this emphasis, the quality of our programs, faculty and ensembles exceeds those of many other universities of comparable size.

Program Overview

The bachelor of arts degree in music is a broad-based liberal arts degree. Students who study music also gain exposure to various disciplines in the arts and sciences. Students can emphasize other areas in the humanities or take a minor area or another major. Some students will take courses in business or administration to round out their programs.

Nearly all core subjects are taught and ensembles conducted by regular full-time faculty. Our music faculty is recognized and highly respected in their fields of expertise. Many of our applied faculty members perform regularly in organizations such as Chicago Symphony Chorus, Lyric Opera Chorus, Chicago Sinfonietta, Illinois Philharmonic, Elmhurst Symphony, and Symphony of Oak Park and River Forest. Our faculty takes a personal interest in your education and musicianship.

Concordia offers two specialized certificates that can be part of your music major: a certificate in parish music (DPM) and a certificate of piano pedagogy.

General Course Information

Both a music major and music minor include academic courses, applied study and ensemble participation. Academic courses encompass the core areas of music theory and aural skills, music history, literature and conducting. All music majors study a primary instrument or voice and many study a second instrument as well. 

Applied study is available in every instrument and voice. Our ensembles include both choral and instrumental groups. The liberal arts major is a 48.5 hour program, while the minor requires 21 semester hours. At the end of the program, students choose to perform a recital, present a recital of their compositions or write a research paper on a topic of their interest.

For details about required courses and course descriptions, please visit our online catalog.


The Music Department is housed in Kretzmann Hall, the fine arts building. Kretzmann has two large rehearsal rooms, for choral and for band and orchestra; studios for instrumental and voice teaching; many practice rooms; five pipe organs; and 35 pianos. Kretzmann also houses a computer lab for music study and composition, and an electronic piano lab for keyboard classes.

CUC’s choral groups are Kapelle, Schola Cantorum, Laudate (women’s choir) and Männerchor (men’s choir). Our instrumental groups include Wind Symphony, Chamber Orchestra, University Handbell Choirs, University Band, Jazz Band, Cougar Band and Résonanz.

Our close proximity to Chicago provides you with many opportunities including student tickets to Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Lyric Opera and many other performance venues. We also offer a field experience semester with the manager of the Chicago Symphony Chorus.

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Faculty Within the Department

Career Possibilities

  • Musician
  • Booking Agent
  • Concert Promoter
  • Composer/Arranger
  • Conductor
  • Music Teacher
  • Music Therapist
  • Music Publisher
  • Publicity Director
  • Record Producer
  • Music Director
  • Arts Administrator/Manager
  • Singer
  • Music Attorney
  • Music Critic
  • Music Software Programmer
  • Voice Teacher