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Concordia Masterworks brings triumphant end to the Music Department season

4/26/2024 - 2 minute read

With final performances and concerts going underway, the Concordia Choir and Donne Di Canto chorus, alongside the Master Chorale and the Masterworks Orchestra, gave an expressive grand finale to the year with their Masterworks Concert of Maurice Durufle’s “Requiem” and Ralph Vaughan William’s “Sancta Civitas (The Holy City).” 

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Known most notably for his work on the movie "Whiplash", John Wasson is a sought after composer and arranger for orchestral music.

Visit from Composer John Wasson inspires Concordia Wind Orchestra

4/12/2024 - 3 minute read

As students in the Music Department work diligently to fine tune their craft, they were recently given the opportunity to learn and work alongside a well respected professional in the field, John Wasson. Across the third week of March, composer and arranger Wasson paid a visit to the Music Department and gave a series of masterclasses, clinics and a final concert with the Concordia Wind Orchestra.

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Video Game Concert

Video Games Concert showcases an innovative genre of music

4/12/2024 - 2 minute read

When attending an orchestra and choir concert at Concordia, audiences can often expect to hear classical or sacred repertoire. However, the upcoming Video Games Concert on April 13 hopes to defy this expectation and present musical works with a choir and full orchestra celebrating popular games including “Final Fantasy,” “Halo,” “Starfield,” “Skyrim,” “World of Warcraft” and “Civilization.” 

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The CU Center where students can listen to worship music

Chapel music is changing lives

3/22/2024 - 3 minute read

While music fills the air through speakers all over campus, there is nothing quite like the melodies heard from 10:30 to 11 a.m. during chapel in the CU Center. Worship music is a big part of life at Concordia and has affected the listening tastes of students in many ways.

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With rehearsals twice a week the Concordia handbell ensembles strive for excellence in their instruments, while also providing new and innovative handbell repertoire.

Concordia handbells delivers joyous music to the East Coast

3/22/2024 - 2 minute read

As the Music Department prepares for their final concerts of the semester, the Concert and Spirit Bells ensembles are rehearsing for their Home Concert and performance tour across North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, and Washington D.C. Under the direction of Alex Guebert ‘11 and Erik Der, Community Engagement Director, the Concert and Spirit Bells ensembles allow for students to perform challenging handbell repertoire, sharpen their musical skills, and build a great sense of community. 

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The Concordia Choir

Concordia Choir takes their music on the road!

2/23/2024 - 2 minute read

With mid-semester break on the horizon, the Music Department is excitedly awaiting this year's Concordia Choir Tour across California, Arizona, Indiana and Michigan. Serving as this year's annual performance tour, The Concordia Choir, under the direction of Dr. Michael Busch, will travel during the duration of mid-semester break, sharing their musical gifts with others.

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Concordia's Men's Chorus is ready to delight audiences on Feb. 10 with their light hearted songs and dances.

Love is in the air for the Music Department

2/9/2024 - 2 minute read

In anticipation of the upcoming February holiday, students in the Music Department are preparing for their “Concert for Valentines.” Featuring the Donne Di Canto women's chorus and the Men's Chorus under the direction of Dr. Clarissa Shan, “A Concert for Valentines” has become a yearly tradition for Concordia and is one of the most well attended and highly anticipated concerts of the Music Department season. 

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Borland Manske Music Center

Concordia Music Competition Overview

1/19/2024 - 1 minute read

Concordia is poised to celebrate the profound language of music through its upcoming competition, taking place in the Borland-Manske Center on Jan. 27 and 28. It’s an event that promises to be a symphony of talent and passion.

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Group photo of the Americana Ensemble group

Americana Ensemble Spring Concert

3/18/2022 - 1 minute read

The Americana Ensemble concert is Fri., April 1, at 7 p.m. It will be located in the Borland-Manske Center in the Charlie and Ling Zhang Orchestra Hall, and is free to attend!

Director and Music Department Chair, Dr. Tom Mueller said, “The ensemble rehearses once a week and members prepare outside of that rehearsal to learn their parts.” He added, “It’s like a bluegrass band or jazz group, but some people may have solos, a fiddle or guitar solo may just happen in the middle of a piece. There’s lots of variety from instruments and voices.” 


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Concodia University Borland Manske Center

Introducing the Concordia Music Competition

1/21/2022 - 2 minute read

On Sat., Feb. 5, Concordia’s Music Department will welcome local students of all ages to participate in the Concordia Music Competition. In an in-person opportunity to demonstrate their musical prowess, the young musicians will compete for scholarships to the Summer Chamber Music Camp that was pioneered last summer by Dr. HyeJung Shin.  

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