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Music in Worship

Worship Teams

Music in worship majors gain valuable experience while sharing their gifts and passion for worship with the community. University Ministries at North Park provides weekly worship opportunities for the campus community. Student worship teams lead services at chapel on Wednesdays and at Collegelife, a Sunday evening worship service. All instruments and vocal styles, music majors and non-majors, are welcome to audition. Hear more from our student worship teams.

School of Music's Professional Faculty
Professional Faculty

The School of Music faculty is filled with professional musicians who also love to teach. Eight full-time faculty members are complemented by a large group of adjunct faculty who specialize in various instruments and vocal styles. All of these instructors are dedicated to the mission and vision of preparing North Park students for lives of significance and service—which means you’ll be connected with a caring mentor who will coach you to become the best musician you can be.

Music in Worship
Why Study Music in Worship?

Music is a sacred element of worship in many Christian faith traditions, and music in worship spans traditional and contemporary styles, utilizing a wide range of instruments and voices. Explore integrated learning experiences in music and biblical studies to gain a deep understanding that will enhance your career as a worship leader or church musician.

Why Choose North Park University

Why North Park?

North Park’s multicultural Christian community is an ideal place to study music in worship, drawing on our strengths in biblical and theological studies, resources at North Park Theological Seminary, and the strong preparation offered by the School of Music. You’ll study both contemporary and classical sacred music and explore faith practices from a range of church traditions. You can focus your degree through elective options in choral conducting, composition, or keyboard, join a variety of ensembles, and take advantage of Chicago’s vibrant faith community.

Careers in Music in Worship
  • Music director
  • Director of worship ministry
  • Pastor/minister
  • Organist
  • Church musician
  • Christian recording artist
Interesting Classes

Develop your musicianship along with foundational studies in worship through courses that include:

  • Introduction to Musicianship
  • Technology in Music
  • Church Music Literature
  • Foundations of Christian Worship
  • Foundations of Worship Arts

Learn more about the courses and requirements for this major.

Ensemble Options

From classical to jazz to chamber to gospel, the School of Music offers ensemble choices for every student musician. Each group is conducted or coached by expert faculty, with regular opportunities for performing on- and off-campus. Most require auditions, though the Gospel Choir is open to any singer with a passion for contemporary spiritual and gospel music.

Learn more about ensembles.

Performance Opportunities

As a member of one of North Park’s signature ensembles you’ll perform throughout the year on- and off-campus. Special annual events include the Festival of Lessons and Carols, Gospel Choir concerts and tours, and Oratorio.

Explore upcoming music events and performances.

Meet the Faculty

“Our school sets the bar high for our students,” says Dr. Helen Hudgens. “But we also work hard to create a community that encourages and supports students along the way and understands that it is a journey.”

Learn more about Dr. Hudgens and the music faculty.

Helen Hudgens
Certificate in Music for Social Change

This new undergraduate certificate is the first of its kind in the nation, providing preparation for North Park music majors to teach through the El Sistema-inspired philosophy of music instruction. This certificate evolved from an ongoing collaboration with The People's Music School, and is available in conjunction with any music degree program.

Learn more.

Beyond the Classroom

Enhance your education by participating in opportunities outside the classroom, including: