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Music at Cornerstone University

College is a time to explore your passions. At Cornerstone University, you can hone your skills as a musician even if you aren’t a music major. You have the opportunity to participate in music ensembles, lead worship in chapel and take lessons on your instrument. These experiences enrich your college experience, help you make connections with your peers and give you avenues to do what you love.

Music Ensembles

Cornerstone offers several open and audition-only music ensembles. Our three choral groups perform twice a semester and frequently travel locally and globally. Our three instrumental ensembles also perform twice a semester and give students the opportunity to continue playing band repertoire, jazz and string music. And Cornerstone offers the opportunity, through audition, to participate in one of the many worship music teams.

Music Without Ceasing Artist Series

Learn more about what music looks like in all settings, from church worship, to producing albums. The Music Without Ceasing Artist Series at Cornerstone brings in experts who work in the music industry to speak about their experiences, perform music or conduct masterclass workshops for CU students. These lectures are free and open to all students and the public.

Chorale Tours

Every year, University Chorale embarks on music tours, both nationally and internationally. Past locations include Chicago, Florida and Central Europe. On these trips, you get a chance to both experience different cultures and perform in various music venues.

Soli Deo Gloria High School Honor Band

As a high school student, you have the unique opportunity to experience music performance at the college level through the Soli Deo Gloria High School Honor Band. During this event, you will rehearse with university instrumental instructors and a guest conductor. The event concludes with an evening concert with the Cornerstone University Symphonic Winds.

Music Facilities

Recently renovated and equipped with updated and well-maintained instruments and equipment, the music facilities at Cornerstone are equipped to help both music and non-music students to rehearse and perform well. These facilities include several practice rooms, recital halls and performance spaces like Matthews Performing Arts Center.

Upcoming Music Concerts

Music concerts at Cornerstone are typically free and open to the public. Take a look at some of our upcoming music events.

All events are in Matthews Performing Arts Center:

3/31/23 at 7:30 pm: Lydia Summerfield, Sr. Piano Recital
4/14/23 at 7:30 pm: Britt Parkinson, Jr. Voice Recital
4/20/23 – all day: Celebration of Scholarship Musical Performances
4/23/23 at 4:00 pm: Choral Concert featuring Women’s Chorus, Credo, Chorale
4/26/23 at 12:15 pm: Music Recital
4/27/23 at 7:00 pm: Instrumental Concert

My time at Cornerstone was marked by a community that surrounded and supported me—faculty who took a personal interest in building a relationship with me; staff that were sensitive, encouraging and inspired me to grow; and challenging, supportive fellow students with whom I have enjoyed long-lasting friendships.

Nick Burner (’15)

Music Faculty

Music faculty at Cornerstone are dedicated to one thing–your growth as a musician and Christ-follower. With combined decades of experience, our faculty are equipped to provide you with a quality education, whether you are a music student or a participant.

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