Contemporary Music Industry

Music and technology are being used in more settings than ever before, creating an abundance of new career opportunities for professional leaders who are strong both artistically and administratively. With this in mind, Northwest Christian University Music Department has designed an innovative curriculum that will prepare the next generation of leaders for a wide variety of jobs and entrepreneurial opportunities in the entertainment industry. Students may also choose to apply these skills in producing quality worship and performance experiences in the Church.

WHY CHOOSE Contemporary MUSIC industry AT NCU?

In addition to its innovative curriculum and strong faculty, the CMI Program will help the student in the following:

  • Possess highly developed music production skills
  • Possess an excellent working knowledge of technology and music
  • Possess significant leadership skills in production and professional settings
  • Possess additional training as an artist and businessperson


    Careers Related to Contemporary Music Industry:

    • Audio Engineer
    • Audio Programmer
    • Sound Board Operator
    • Lighting Technician
    • Mastering Engineer
    • Music Technologist
    • Production Director
    • Production Coordinator
    • Sound Designer
    • Stage Manager
    • Studio Manager
    • Technical Director
    • Technician


University Choir & Orchestra

A 50 voice high-energy contemporary choir and orchestra. UCO is featured in the annual “Experience Christmas with NCU” concert as well as performs in NCU’s annual “Spring Desserts” theatrical production as the ensemble and orchestra.


A high-performance ensemble specializing in contemporary pop and gospel music.  Willow is featured regularly in NCU music productions and at community events.

Instrumental Ensemble

The Jazz and Pep Band perform regularly at NCU music events, shows, and games. They occasionally travel and lead worship in the church setting.

The Grove Collective

The Grove Collective is the premier touring ensemble at the University.  After completion of their first year, students may audition for The Grove Collective in one of two tracks: Artistry or Industry.  NCU faculty and staff mentoring coupled with student ownership and initiative creates a thriving, engaging and creative learning environment.

Sampling of Songs from The Grove Collective’s EPs

Grove Worship

Grove Worship consists of “Evergreen” and “Bloom,” – two bands who serve the NCU community through chapel worship and travel in and outside the local community performing at churches, schools, and special events. Students participating in the Artistry track will audition for Grove Worship.

Grove Tech and Production

The Grove Tech and Production team serves alongside Grove Worship in chapel as well as travel in and outside the local community with the bands. Students participating in the Industry track will audition for Grove Tech and Production.

Booking The Grove Collective

If you are interested in having The Grove Collective visit your church, school or event, please call 541-684-7281 or email for booking information.

Dramatic Story-Telling Team

A team of actors that brings biblical stories to life.  They currently work alongside The Grove Collective to serve in chapel.

ncu graduates

“I was a transfer student coming in from LCC.  Within my first year, I found an unexpected passion for sound tech and lighting design, and how to use technology to lead others in worship. NCU’s Music Department equipped me to dive into a safe industry setting through hands-on experience, observation, and a great internship. Without exaggeration, NCU as a whole has been an integral part of my walk with Christ, and has helped me explore my calling.”

– Katelyn Keeth ’16,  Music Industry Major





Program Director: Karen De Young, DWS

D.W.S., Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies
M.A., Liberty University
B.A., Azusa Pacific University

At a young age, Karen De Young developed her passion for making music by becoming classically trained in piano at the French Conservatory of Music in New Jersey. After attending Azusa Pacific University in southern California, she discovered her passion for making music …

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