Music Department

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    The Music Department at Seattle Pacific offers you a rich, robust music education in a Christian university setting, preparing you to make a difference in the world — whether in a music profession or in any other profession you might choose.

It's an exciting time to be a musician. Come and explore music with the world-class performers and educators at Seattle Pacific. The SPU Music Department will provide you with the opportunities to cultivate your passion for music and equip you to engage the world.

Are you interested in a Music major or minor? Do you want to use your skills and aptitude to serve others through the functional use of music through the Music Therapy major? Or would you simply like to enrich your education through the study of music, or join one of our small ensembles? Through the programs in the Music Department at SPU, you can choose from these options and to discover lifelong ways to cultivate your musicianship.

Music Department News and Events

Jazz Ensemble Concert


Dan Kramlich, director

The SPU Winter Jazz Ensemble concert features music from throughout the history of jazz, from swing to cool jazz to fusion. Join Dan Kramlich, the Jazz Lab, and the Jazz Ensemble as they explore some of America's original music from the 20th century.  

Tuesday, February 19, 2019  |  7:30 p.m.  
Nickerson Studios, 340 W Nickerson St, Seattle, WA 98119

Symphonic Wind Ensemble Concert

Danny Helseth, director 

Join Danny Helseth and the SPU Wind Ensemble as they explore music by composers of color. While the medium of wind band is traditionally a Western European art form, this season, the SPU Wind Ensemble explores wind band music from other cultural perspectives. Mixed with traditional standard works, this concert will be memorable. 

Friday, February 22, 2019  |  7:30 p.m.  
First Free Methodist Church, 3200 3rd Ave W, Seattle, WA 98119

Gospel Choir Concert

Stephen Michael Newby, director
An evening of prayers, black spirituals, and ecumenical readings celebrating tradition for Black History Month. Liturgist and Artistic Director Stephen Newby leads the Gospel Choir and Worship Arts Ensemble in this divine evening worship that embraces both Scripture and music. 

Tuesday, February 26, 2019  |  9:00 p.m. 
First Free Methodist Church, 3200 3rd Ave W, Seattle, WA 98119

Symphony Orchestra Concert


Dr. Nse Ekpo, director

The SPU Symphony Orchestra presents An Evening of Orchestral Music by African Americans. Featuring the work of George Walker, J. Rosamund Johnson, Alvin Singleton, and Florence Price, an evening of delightful music awaits.

Friday, February 28, 2019  |  7:30 p.m.  
First Free Methodist Church, 3200 3rd Ave W, Seattle, WA 98119

Chamber, Concert, and Women's Choirs Concert


Ryan Ellis, director, Chamber and Concert choirs 
Beth Ann Bonnecroy, director, Women's choir 

The winter concert for choirs will feature selections of old and new from the vast choral repertory. Join Ryan Ellis, Beth Ann Bonnecroy, and the SPU vocal ensembles as they delight the ears, hearts, and minds with music that enriches our lives and strengthens community. 

Friday, March 1, 2019  |  7:30 p.m. 
First Free Methodist Church, 3200 3rd Ave W, Seattle, WA 98119

Percussion Ensemble Concert

Dan Adams, director

The Percussion Ensemble winter concert, under the direction of Dan Adams, features a variety of chamber ensembles from the percussion studio. Ranging from multiple percussion pieces to ethnic drum ensembles, you will travel through a world of different grooves and sounds.  

Tuesday, March 5, 2019  |  7:30 p.m.  
First Free Methodist Church, 3200 3rd Ave W, Seattle, WA 98119

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Opportunities in Music Therapy

Our Music Therapy program offers many opportunities for students to take unique and valuable internships. Meet Ruth Rodriguez, who will be interning this September in Barcelona, Spain!