The department of music seeks to facilitate an environment of musical creativity, expressive performance, and contextualized music education with a Christ-centered and Spirit-empowered perspective and worldview.
The bachelor of music degree is a professional degree preparing and equipping students for graduate programs or a career in music. Entrance into the bachelor of music degree is by audition only. Auditions are scheduled after students have applied to the university.
The general music degree offers a student competency in basic musicianship that will serve them in a variety of liberal arts pursuits. This degree allows the student to choose 20 interdisciplinary electives or choose an elective emphasis (music ministry or applied music).
The bachelor of arts in worship studies is a multi-faceted program designed to equip pastoral musicians with broad and relevant experiences for leading worship in our contemporary culture. The program prepares students for various ministry roles in the local church with available emphases in art, cinema arts, communication, theatre arts and worship leadership.
The single subject matter programs allow students to complete their subject matter competence through undergraduate coursework, in preparation for pursuing a teaching credential.
"One of the most fulfilling aspects of my position are the relationships that are fostered with the students." Michael Nigro MM. Assistant Professor of Music
William will never forget sharing the news with his mom about his acceptance to Vanguard. He was thrilled when he got the unexpected news that he had received a scholarship for his double major in psychology and music.
Kenneth Foerch, DMA
Gina Lord, MM
James Melton, DMA
Michael Nigro, MM
Joni Prado, DMA
Susanne Reid, DMA
Robert Reno, DM
Sarah Scott, DWS
Scarlet Wu, BM
Mildred Yi, EDD
The study and performance of major choral literature representative of all periods of music, including standard classical repertoire, spirituals, folk songs, hymn/anthem arrangements, and contemporary Christian music. Frequent church and school concerts (up to two per month), with Spring public relations tour. Meets three hours weekly. Meets the ensemble requirement for music majors and minors and is an elective course. Open to all undergraduate and graduate students by audition and interview.
Prerequisite: MUSC 309. This course is designed to teach how to craft a theologically relevant service; overseeing the sound and media; clarifying the role of visuals; building the team and managing rehearsals; working with the band; relating to pastor. Emphasis on skill development and student projects. Offered Spring of odd years.