Music Department

It is an exciting time to be a musician at Concordia University Chicago! Choirs, orchestra, bands, jazz band, and Cougar Band as well as other ensembles offer opportunities to participate, perform and travel.

Applied music lessons and ensembles are open to music majors and to non-majors alike. We have an outstanding faculty of teacher-performers in the Chicago area. Music scholarships are also available to both majors and non-majors.

We invite you to check out music programs and activities, whether you are interested in liberal arts, music education, church music or other areas. New practice rooms, an engaging and supportive faculty and a prime suburban location near Chicago combine to create a superb environment for students to grow and thrive.

An active concert schedule provides opportunities for performance and enrichment. Visit our new upcoming concerts web page for more details.

Orchestra Wind Symphony
Student Profile

Kristianna MorteraName: Kristianna Mortera
Year: Senior
Major: Instrumental Music Education with emphasis in the Saxophone

The first time I set foot on Concordia's campus was my jump start orientation. Some may call that unorthodox, but I call it taking a leap of faith in the right direction. Being a student in Concordia's music and education departments has given me so many opportunities to grow as a musician and as a future educator.

During my time at Concordia, I've participated in a number of music ensembles including the Wind Symphony, Chamber Orchestra, Jazz Band, Cougar Band, Laudate Women's Chamber Choir, Saxophone trios and quartets, and the University Band. In May of 2017, I also had the wonderful opportunity to tour South Africa for sixteen days with the Wind Symphony. With all of the many opportunities provided to me by Concordia, being blessed is an understatement.

Following graduation, I plan to become a high school instrumental music teacher and further my career with advanced degrees in education and conducting.

Alumni Profile

Adam FriedrichName: Adam Friedrich
Year: Senior
Major: Instrumental Music Education with emphasis in percussion 

Though having studied piano since age five, it was not until high school that Adam picked up his first mallet. There was an instant connection, and a new passion was born.

While at CUC, he has been a member of the Wind Symphony, Percussion Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, Jazz Band and Cougar Band, serving the last two years as student director. Adam chose Concordia-Chicago because it “just felt right.” Adam feels tremendously blessed by all the opportunities that choice has afforded him. Most notably, he cites the Wind Symphony trip to China and the opportunity to play at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Upon graduation, Adam plans to become a high school instrumental music teacher and eventually pursue an advanced music degree.

Jodie KratzerName: Jodie Kratzer
Current Position: Middle School Choral Teacher
Fort Zumwalt North Middle School, O'Fallon, Mo. 

Family. Belonging. Purpose. Called. Faith in action.  These are words that I think of when I look back on my time at Concordia.  The people that make up this university, both students and faculty alike, truly became a part of my family.  They all cared about my well-being and encouraged me to grow in my faith as well as knowledge.  Each one in their own way lived out their faith and made me feel like I belonged – it was evident that they felt God’s call on their lives to be at Concordia Chicago.