Ensembles, programs, concerts, directors ... it all adds up to a wide-ranging "virtuoso" experience with the Music Department at CUW!
In the most recent edition of Hearts Together magazine, we shared some “fun facts” about the Department of Music at Concordia University Wisconsin:
Students Involved in Music
Academic Programs Represented
Music Scholarships Awarded Annually
Let’s take a deeper dive into a few of those key numbers!
Falcon Pep Band/Drumline
Provides spirit, energy, and Falcon pride at sporting events (primarily home football and basketball games) and other school events. Open to all. Director: Mrs. Johanna Anderson
A concert band that performs sacred and secular music at concerts throughout the academic year. Audition required. Director: Mrs. Johanna Anderson
Specializes in standard swing, bop, blues and rock music, performing at various campus events and concerts. Audition required. Director: Dr. Louis Menchaca
String Ensemble/Chamber Orchestra
A dual format ensemble which covers the historical span of string repertoire from Baroque to 20th Century. Fall semester concentrates on string orchestra and spring semester adds requisite wind, brass and percussion. Audition required. Director: Dr. Louis Menchaca
Symphonic Wind Ensemble
A select concert band which performs concerts throughout the academic year. The ensemble maintains a repertoire of both secular and sacred music, and performs in both worship and concert settings. Participation in performance tour is required. Membership is by audition only. Director: Dr. Louis Menchaca
Perform for Chapel services once per month, along with occasional concerts and guest appearances at churches and other venues. Open to all CUW students; audition required. Director: Prof. Mark Bloedow
The Alleluia Ringers
A select handbell choir that performs in worship and concerts and also participates in an annual performance tour. Audition required. Director: Prof. Mark Bloedow
A mixed voice ensemble providing music for Friday Chapel services each week, along with occasional on-campus concert performances. Open to all CUW students, faculty and staff; audition required. Director: Dr. Alexa Doebele
Concordia Civic Chorale
A mixed voice ensemble open to all CUW students, along with faculty, staff, alumni and community members. Performs a variety of sacred and secular works for on-campus concert performances. Audition required. Director: Prof. Mark Bloedow
A select treble choir that performs sacred and classical music at a variety of campus and off-campus events. audition required. Director: Dr. Alexa Doebele
German for “chamber choir,” Kammerchor is a select mixed voice ensemble performing a wide variety of choral literature at major on-campus concerts and in tours all over the United States and internationally. Audition required. Director: Dr. Alexa Doebele
High school seniors are eligible to apply for a music scholarship each fall. Learn more about the music scholarship application process, upcoming audition dates, and award information by clicking HERE!
Majors and Graduate Programs
Minor: Liberal Arts Music
BA: Parish Music
BA: K-12 Music Education (School of Education)
Dr. Louis Menchaca
Professor of Music; Director of Instrumental Music; Music Department Chair
Mrs. Johanna Anderson
Associate Director of Instrumental Music; Music Department Recruiter
Dr. Alexa Doebele
Professor of Music; Director of Choral Activities; Director of Graduate Church Music
Professor Mark Bloedow
Assistant Professor of Music; Director of Handbell Activities
Dr. Craig Sproat
Assistant Professor of Music; Director of Parish Music
— This story is written by Mike Zimmerman, corporate communications manager for Concordia University Wisconsin. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 262-243-4380.
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