School of Music
Music, the art of organizing sound in time, is a universal language given to us by God that expresses thoughts and emotions where words cannot. The faculty of the School of Music at The Master’s University believes in the vital role and purpose of this gift and is privileged to train students to use their musical abilities to the glory of God by developing wisdom, establishing convictions and producing leaders.
One of the priorities of TMU’s faculty is to help students recognize that every aspect of music-making is worship and steward them to develop their God-given gifts to become salt and light. Close mentorship with the music faculty is a unique aspect of study at Master’s and assists our students in growing their musical skills, pursuing academic scholarship, and learning how to live as a God-first musician.
At TMU, students learn to work alongside fellow musicians, growing and maturing through numerous performing opportunities, and learning from premier music instructors in Los Angeles. Emmy Award-winning composers and recording engineers also infuse their expertise into TMU’s program. Graduates have gone on to attain advanced degrees in music, collaborate with prestigious opera companies, score feature films, and establish thriving performance careers.
Our emphases fit a variety of interests, but they all provide the same grounding in human history and philosophy shaped by Scripture.
- The Master’s Chorale
- String Ensemble
- Wind Ensemble
- The Master’s University Singers & Orchestra
- Jazz Ensemble
- Piano Ensemble
- Additional Instrumental Ensembles
- Additional Performance Opportunities
The Master’s Chorale is an auditioned choir representing students from almost every academic major at the university. During its annual tours, the Chorale has traveled to various regions of the United States, to Israel every four years, and to the United Kingdom, Spain, Albania and Russia. In addition to performances at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York City, the Chorale has been featured in recordings with Bob Krogstad, Joni Eareckson Tada, Keith and Kristin Getty, Matt Redman, and for a special television segment for Wretched TV.
The Master’s University String Ensemble is an auditioned ensemble of students, faculty and professional musicians from Los Angeles. Performing works for strings and combining with the Wind Ensemble to showcase standard orchestral and film score pieces, these musicians hold concerts and record each semester.
The Master’s University Wind Ensemble is an auditioned ensemble of students, faculty and professional musicians from Los Angeles. Performing classic band words and new band literature on their own, these musicians combine with the String Ensemble to showcase standard orchestral and film score pieces in concerts and recordings each semester.
The University Singers is a non-auditioned, campus community choir that combines with the University Orchestra to present large Christmas and Easter concerts each year. A wide variety of classical and contemporary sacred music is performed. Members of these groups have travelled to New York City to perform at Lincoln Center.
This up-and-coming instrumental group of TMU students and local musicians performs at on- and off-campus events every semester.
These musicians work with both three-octave and five-octave bell sets in addition to a three-octave set of Choirchimes. The Handbells perform in festivals and concerts on- and off-campus each year and host the annual “Bellfest” bell choir festival.
TMU’s Opera is a semester project that concludes in a staged production ranging from selected opera scenes in a concert setting to a fully staged and costumed show accompanied by orchestra. Works of the masters as well as more contemporary composers are represented.
Showcasing standard works from the piano duet and duo literature and promoting community-outreach events for children, TMU’s pianists perform throughout the year. Recent programs have featured narrated performances of Saint-Säens’ Carnival of the Animals and Poulenc’s L’Historie de Babar. At Christmas, our pianists present arrangements of beloved carols with anywhere from two to 12 pianists playing simultaneously.
Instrumental Chamber Ensembles including String, Brass, Woodwind, and Mixed Quartets, Guitar Ensemble, and Percussion Ensemble are dependent on student availability and interest.
Students regularly share their music at Performance Practicums and Degree Recitals.
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Since 1927, the mission of The Master’s University is to empower students for a life of enduring commitment to Christ, biblical fidelity, moral integrity, intellectual growth, and lasting contribution to the Kingdom of God worldwide.
- Required Statement of Faith and Pastoral Recommendation
- 3.7 GPA average for new applicants