Are you interested in a Music major or minor? Do you want to 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
Cherie Hughes, soprano; Dainius Vaičekonis, piano
Celebrate the culture, art, and poetry of our southern neighbors in an evening of songs from Central and South America. Featuring SPU performance faculty Cherie Hughes and Dainius Vaičekonis. Performed at Nickerson Studios.
Julian Catford, guitar; Dan Kramlich, piano
Guitarist Julian Catford and pianist Dan Kramlich combine their talents in an evening of classic jazz. From swing to bossa nova, this program features a wide sampling of some of the best songs from America’s original contribution to the world of music, jazz. Performed at Nickerson Studios.
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. Performed at Nickerson Studios.
Danny Helseth, director
Join Danny Helseth and the SPU Wind Ensemble for their winter concert as they explore wind ensemble literature composed by women composers. The exciting sounds, beautiful melodies, and driving rhythmic grooves will have you dancing out the door following an evening of great music. Performed at First Free Methodist Church.
Stephen Michael Newby, director
Please join Seattle Pacific University’s Gospel Choir, under the direction of Stephen Michael Newby, liturgist and artistic director, and Asta Vaičekonis, piano, as they present an evening of prayers, black spirituals, and ecumenical readings celebrating tradition for Black History Month. With special guest readers from the Faculty Diversity Committee: Raedene Copeland, Karen Gutowsky-Zimmerman, June Hyun, David Leong, and Dainius Vaičekonis. Performed at First Free Methodist Church.
Julia Tai, director
The SPU Symphony Orchestra’s winter concert, under the direction of Julia Tai, explores a variety of western classical music. Featuring styles from the calculated brilliance of Mozart to the vibrant warmth of Brahms, an evening of delightful music awaits. Performed at First Free Methodist Church.
Chamber Choir and Concert Choir directed by Ryan Ellis; Women’s Choir directed by Beth Ann Bonnecroy
The winter concert for choirs features selections 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. Performed at First Free Methodist Church.
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 be taken through a world of different grooves and sounds. Performed at First Free Methodist Church.