Music matters.

More than notes and lyrics, music enriches the heart and soul. For its Music Matters Concert and Lecture Series, Cornerstone University invites accomplished artists and music professionals to perform and present lectures about relevant music-related topics. These artists draw from real-life experiences and from God's word as they share about topics like music performance, education, business and more.

Schedule of Events

The Music Matters Concert and Lecture Series is free and open to the public. Unless otherwise indicated, Music Matters events take place in Gordon Music Building's Recital Hall and last one hour.

  • Sept. 26, 2018: "Itughari uche and Holy Minimalism" (Dr. Desmond Ikegwuonu)
  • Oct. 3, 2018: "The Extra Mile: Why You Should Be Doing More Than Expected to Reach Your Goals and Why Your Goals Should Point to the Glory of God" (Kayla Cordell)
  • Oct. 17, 2018: "Sacred Wind: Mozart's Church Sonatas" (Dr. David Yandl)

"Itughari uche and Holy Minimalism" with Dr. Desmond Ikegwuonu

Dr. Desmond Ikegwuonu is a composer, pianist, conductor and singer who was born in Lagos, Nigeria. He holds a bachelor's degree in music composition from Houston Baptist University and a master's degree in composition from the Moores School of Music. Dr. Ikegwuonu earned his Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition degree at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

  • Date: Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018
  • Time: 12:15-1:15 p.m.
  • Location: Gordon Music Building's Recital Hall, Cornerstone University

"The Extra Mile" with Kayla Cordell

Kayla Cordell has been a music educator for 13 years. She is a recipient of the 2009 Outstanding High School Educator Award for Newaygo County and Outstanding Potential Award from the American Band Directors Association. She has enjoyed teaching thousands of music students over the past decade. Cordell completed her Master of Music Degree with an emphasis in instrumental conducting in 2012. She is the director of the Symphonic Winds at Cornerstone.

  • Date: Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018
  • Time: 12:15-1:15 p.m.
  • Location: Gordon Music Building's Recital Hall, Cornerstone University

"Sacred Wind: Mozart's Church Sonatas" with Dr. David Yandl

Among Mozart's output, his church sonatas are distinctive as sacred works that are purely instrumental. Performed in an effective adaptation for clarinet and piano, these works provide a springboard to explore how music can transport listeners and how performers strive to do so.

Multi-instrumentalist Dr. David Yandl performs regularly as recitalist and orchestral musician locally and abroad. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Michigan State University.

  • Date: Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018
  • Time: 12:15-1:15 p.m.
  • Location: Gordon Music Building's Recital Hall, Cornerstone University