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Music in Worship Concentration

Pair your passion to serve with the training necessary for excellent musicianship. A worship music concentration within the Bachelor of Arts in Music program will equip you with critical theoretical and practical skills under the tutelage of faculty who are both accomplished musicians and church worship leaders. Personal feedback and mentoring from faculty will enable you to apply your classroom training to a church ministry setting as you build a foundation for successful worship leadership.

Why study music in worship at Gordon?

Discover the significance of faith in artistic expression while refining your musical skills within the framework of a comprehensive liberal arts program. You'll have the opportunity to create in our Music Innovation Lab, receive personalized instruction from renowned faculty members, and showcase your talents in our state-of-the-art Phillips Recital Hall, boasting a breathtaking view of Coy Pond through its floor-to-ceiling windows designed by the architect responsible for the Boston Symphony Orchestra's Seiji Ozawa Hall. Additionally, Gordon's location offers the best of both worlds—a serene setting ideal for focused learning and easy access to vibrant concerts both on campus and in the thriving arts scene of Boston.

What careers can I pursue with a music major?

Your comprehensive education in music and the liberal arts will equip you to think critically, communicate persuasively, and make meaningful contributions, all while showcasing your innate and God-given talent—a versatile skill set applicable to various career paths, such as:

  • Worship ministry
  • Arts management and operations
  • Teaching
  • Composing and arranging
  • Music therapy
  • Audio production
  • Band or chorus leadership

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Experiential learning with music in worship

Studying music makes you a celebrated part of the fabric that weaves the culture of the performing arts at Gordon. Music students consistently discover incredible opportunities outside the classroom:

  • Join a performing ensemble, which include multiple choirs, instrumental ensembles, chamber groups, student composition showcases and more.
  • Benefit from professional concerts, recitals and master classes with internationally acclaimed musicians through our professional artist series.
  • Collaborate on entrepreneurial projects to explore how the creative process can generate new approaches to important civic issues.
  • Serve in leadership roles in the Music Student Council or the Massachusetts Music Educators Association annual state-wide conference.
  • Compete in a Concerto Competition to become a featured soloist with the Gordon Symphony Orchestra.

Departmental Honors

Explore a specialized aspect of music beyond your main course of study with the Departmental Honors program. With the mentorship of a seasoned faculty advisor, you will delve into fresh content while developing your unique concepts for a thesis, which can take the form of a research paper, musical composition, or lecture recital.


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*Auditions are required to qualify for any music scholarship, and students must be accepted through the Gordon College Admissions process before auditioning. Music scholarships are included in a student’s financial aid package if the student enrolls at Gordon, and awards are renewable for all four years if requirements are met. Department of Music Leadership Awards ($28,000/year) will replace other Gordon scholarships and grants.