A Word from Loren Wenz
"Students attending George Fox University have the opportunity of experiencing a strong music program within the learning environment of a liberal arts curriculum, grounded in Christian faith. The department provides educational experiences not only designed for the improvement of musical skills and acquisition of knowledge necessary for music majors but also opportunities so nonmajors may enrich their education and develop their God-given talents. It is our hope you will join us in sharing your gifts."
- Mr. Loren Wenz
The Music Department at a Glance
The music department is part of the College of Arts and Sciences. Music majors are able to earn a BA degree in Music Education or a BA in Music with concentrations in Composition, Performance, Pre-Teaching or General. The music program is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music and many of its graduates have gone on to distinguished and successful careers in education and performance.
Music is for Everyone
There are many opportunities for students, regardless of major, to participate in music ensembles, applied/private lessons and numerous other classes. Many of these classes help fulfill the humanities General Education requirement.
Ensemble classes are open to all students and require either an audition or instructor's permission for enrollment. Generally, students interested in joining an ensemble that requires an instructor's permission are granted it after attending the first day of class. More information can be found in the Music Department Course Description portion of the catalog.
An Accomplished Department
The George Fox Symphonic Band and Concert Choir have recently been recognized by the National Association for Music Educators as superior music ensembles by being selected to perform at two state and regional conventions.
Because of its highly respected and comprehensive music education program, the department was recently acknowledged as one of the best in the nation. Faculty were invited to present curriculum and implementation strategies at the most recent National Symposium for Music Teachers Education conference (SMTE) at the University of North Carolina.
The music department was also recently reaccredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. This award acknowledges the George Fox University music department as meeting national standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees and other credentials.
Bauman Auditorium, the university's highly acclaimed concert hall, is the site for many performances including the Oregon Symphony, Oregon State Activities Association Choir Championships, jazz concerts featuring guest artists, piano concerts with nationally known artists, home concerts, and student recitals. It is also home of the university's Bösendorfer Imperial Grand Piano.
For more information on our facilities, see our Music Facilities page.
Frequently Asked Questions
Our large ensembles include:
- Chehalem Symphony Orchestra
- Symphonic Band
- Concert Choir
Our small ensembles include:
- Women's Chorale
- Men's Chorale
- Vocal Jazz Ensemble
- Chamber Singers
- Jazz Band
- Handbell Choir
Our chamber ensembles can be found here.
Yes. Approximately 60 percent of the students enrolled in the ensembles are not music majors or minors. For more information about scheduling or the enrollment process, go to our Music Ensembles page.
Yes. Auditions are typically held the second weekend of February. See the admissions department for further information. Students awarded scholarships must be enrolled in applied lessons and a major ensemble once they are on campus in order to receive their scholarship.
No. Auditions for Concert Choir occur the first weekend students are on campus in the fall.
The mission of the music program is to develop a Christ-centered curriculum that provides students with the knowledge and experience necessary to follow their individual musical vocations and minister in their communities. We will encourage our graduates to seek excellence as lifelong learners.
Our goals are to:
- Teach students to prepare and present artistic musical performances in a variety of musical styles
- Educate students in the theory, history, creation and execution of musical communication
- Prepare students for ministry in professional and amateur musical vocations
- Prepare students to teach music in public and private settings
Our students will learn to:
- Work both individually and cooperatively to develop and execute musical communications
- Understand artistic traditions and their influence on contemporary expression
- Present music in ways appropriate to their audiences and verbally explain their communication
- Work in community as teachers, learners, creators and performers to seek musical excellence
George Fox University is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.
NASM, founded in 1924, is an organization of schools, conservatories, colleges and universities. It has approximately 600 accredited institutional members. It establishes national standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees and other credentials. Institutional membership is gained through the peer review process of accreditation.