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Church Music

Lead traditional worship as an organist, become a choir director and learn the art of accompaniment.

Church Music is a field that has wide appeal for those who wish to combine a love of music with a career in a church setting. Church musicians work with people of all ages and abilities as they prepare the music needed in worship services. Church musicians possess specialized skills in organ, conducting, voice, children and adult choirs, and service playing. They must understand the role of music in worship and have a thorough understanding of the various denominational liturgies. The training that Shenandoah offers in church music is not focused on any one denomination, and graduates of this program are employed by all major denominations. Most Shenandoah graduates are employed in full-time positions as music ministers or organist/choirmaster in churches with multiple choir programs. 

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Faculty

Steven Cooksey

Professor of Music (Organ, Harpsichord)Director, Church Music Program
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Spotlights

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Shenandoah Honors Faculty Retirees

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Shenandoah University celebrates the 10-year anniversary of its Global Citizenship Project (GCP)

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