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

Schoenhals Visiting Artist Series Features Jazz Great Joseph Daley

Joseph Daley playing the euphoniumSeattle Pacific University Music Department is proud to present the 2020 Schoenhals Visiting Artist, Joseph Daley. 

A composer, teacher, and musician, Daley is recognized as one of America’s jazz elders. His seminal work, The Seven Deadly Sins, will be featured in a concert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, January 31, at First Free Methodist Church. Learn more about the Schoenhals Visiting Artist Series

Music Alumni Band Homecoming Concert and Reception

Saturday, February 8 | 2 p.m. concert; 3:30 p.m. reception | First Free Methodist Church

A festive celebration of the history of the Wind Ensemble at Seattle Pacific University. Featuring emeriti and former conductors, along with SPU current and alumni students, this festival will be one for the ages.

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Christopher Hanson Playing the Violin Pensively

Announcing a new Director of Music Education at SPU

Please help us welcome Christopher T.F. Hanson, assistant professor of music and director of music education and orchestral activities, to the SPU Music faculty.

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Life of a Double Major

Learn how senior Melissa Perry balances both a major in Vocal Performance and Interior Design.


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!