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School of Music alumni have: • Taught music at public and private schools • Scored and arranged music • Performed with national and international tours • Joined church worship ministries • Worked in music sales • Served with missionary organizations • Worked in the sound recording industry • Been accepted to graduate programs in music performance, music education, conducting, music therapy, and theory and composition
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Passionately Pursuing Excellence to the Glory of God. Whether you want to perform, teach, minister, or work in the recording industry, music is your language, an intimate part of who you are. It reaches deep inside, beyond words alone. Sometimes it’s even a way to communicate across personal and cultural divides. As a student in the School of Music at Colorado Christian University you’ll learn from faculty members who have impressive teaching and performing résumés. Your studies will integrate aspects of classical, jazz, folk, popular, contemporary Christian, and world music. But most importantly, we’ll help you hone your technique and artistry as an offering of excellence to God and to serve others.
JUSTIN BULLIS Major: Worship Arts
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CCU Experiences: • Internships at Christ Episcopal and Bear Valley churches in the Denver Metro area • CCU chapels worship leader
STEVEN TAYLOR • M.A. – University of Denver • B.M. – University of Denver • CCU professor of music • Crystal Award winner at the S.O.S. International Vocal Competition • Soloist at the Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions • Featured soloist in a PBS Veteran’s Day nationwide concert broadcast • Solo performances in En Mis Palabras, Central City Opera; Goldilocks, Colorado Symphony Orchestra; Dona Nobis Pacem, Musica Sacra; A Night at the Opera, Jefferson Symphony Orchestra; Highlights from the Ballad of Baby Doe, Tabor Opera House; the world premier of A Stream of Voices, Colorado Children’s Chorale; and numerous performances with Opera Colorado • Additional performances have included the National Repertory Orchestra, San Antonio Symphony, Wyoming Symphony, and Fresno Philharmonic • Baritone vocalist in Legacy Quartet, with international tours including Australia, Canada, Cuba, and South Korea • Former vocal instructor and opera theatre director for the University of Northern Colorado • Served as a district auditions judge for the National Association of Teachers of Singing
Justin is the worship arts pastor at The Sanctuary Downtown, an interdenominational church in Denver, Colorado. Working closely with the senior pastor, he helps plan weekly services, coordinates and ehearses worship teams, and researches, writes, and arranges music. Justin leads a worship team during He also manages the worship leaders for the Sanctuary’s monthly The Sanctuary’s weekly service. house-church program. Describe the path to your current job. A few months after graduation, I launched into full-time ministry as the music director at a large suburban church. I helped manage a massive music program there that consisted of a choir, orchestra, and several praise teams. After two years, I spent a year and a half working with another church before joining The Sanctuary Downtown. Do you feel like CCU prepared you for this? It’s been said that music ministry is 10 percent music and 90 percent leading and loving people. In my experiences, that has definitely been true. At CCU, I received excellent musical training and was challenged to think deeply about the nature of worship and leadership. But I also learned how to manage people, communicate, and deal with a variety of challenges particular to full-time ministry. What advice do you have for students interested in music ministry? Take as many Bible classes as you can. It’s so important to establish a spiritual foundation for your musical leadership. Strengthen your singing voice, learn to play many instruments (try to get really good at one or two), and spend time learning about different music styles, traditions, and the ways other cultures, generations, and denominations worship through music. The broader your abilities and knowledge become, the more people you will impact with your art and ministry. What did your typical academic semester look like? Music majors tend to be a busy bunch. I usually took up to eight classes each semester, including music lessons and labs. On top of this, I had concerts, meetings, and chapel services. But when you’re doing what you love, you don’t mind being so busy.
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The School of Music ACADEMIC PROGRAMS (and emphases): • Music o Performance o Sound Recording Technology • Music Education o Choral o Instrumental o General Music • Worship Arts
OPPORTUNITIES: • University Choir • Wind Ensemble • Women’s Choir • Chamber Orchestra • Vocal Jazz Ensemble • Mainstream Jazz Band • Handbell Ensemble • Select small ensembles • Regional and national tours • Music theatre ensemble/ opera workshop • Three main stage theatre productions • Substantial coursework in theatre
AUDITIONS: Planning to major or minor in music or join an ensemble? Then you’ll need to do a formal audition. Talk to your enrollment counselor to learn about audition dates. You’ll need to prepare: • At least two selections that reflect varied styles—two dynamically opposed classical pieces, for example, or one classical and one jazz piece. It is strongly recommend that piano and vocal students have one or more pieces memorized. • A list of studied repertoire along with recommendations from your private instructor or high school music teacher.
“Music is the universal language of mankind.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, poet
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PRE-PROFESSIONAL STUDIES: □ Pre-Law □ Pre-Medicine
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