One of the only programs of its kind, CGU’s Doctor of Church Music (DCM) provides professional training in either organ or choral conducting that prepares you for a career and life in the realm of sacred music.
Our program integrates excellence in church music performance with a strong theological background. You will study the full range and many forms of sacred music—from sacred polyphony to modern forms—in order to achieve deep focus in performance. Faculty includes highly trained performers and musical scholars whose diverse interests range across musicology, performance, and composition; they bring their passion for music and scholarship into the classroom and have a special understanding of music’s role as an expression of faith. With their help, you’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of faith’s relationship to the arts that will ready you to lead parish music ministries as a cantor, director, or minister of music or to assume other roles as a pastoral musician or organist.
- The Music Department puts on an array of concerts at CGU that provide ample performance opportunities.
- Studio faculty are drawn from The Claremont Colleges and the outstanding pool of musicians in the greater Los Angeles area.
- CGU is home to the highly respected music journal Performance Practice Review.
- Historical performance practice programs will connect you with period instruments that include three harpsichords, a fortepiano, a chamber organ, and various stringed instruments.