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The music program provides students with the fundamental musical knowledge, performance, and leadership skills necessary for an innovative musical education of highly creative, artistic and academic standards that prepare them for additional training in the pursuit of a specialized concentration such as Composition, Music Business, Music Industry, or Worship Arts. Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science Music degree, students have acquired critical thinking, technological, creative, and communication skills necessary for employment as a professional musician, technologist or advanced study at the graduate level.

Why Choose Music at NCU?

In addition to its innovative curriculum and strong faculty, NCU’s Music program will help the student in the following:

  • Possess highly developed performance skills
  • Possess an excellent working knowledge of music
  • Possess significant leadership skills in music and worship
  • Possess additional training as an artist, businessperson or a worship leader

career opportunities

Careers Related to Music Business

  • Artist Manager
  • Booking Agent
  • Concert Promotions
  • Retail Sales Management
  • Business Manager
  • Director of Publicity
  • Publicist
  • Advertising Account Executive
  • Marketing Representative
  • Merchandiser
  • Tour Coordinator
  • Road Manager
  • Sales Executive

Careers Related to 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

Careers Related to Worship Arts

  • Music Pastor
  • Creative Arts Director
  • Conductor
  • Band Director
  • Band Leader
  • Singer/Songwriter
  • Music Teacher
  • Arranger

Careers Related to Composition

  • Arranger
  • Composer
  • Electronic Composer
  • Song Writer
  • Music Copyist
  • Conductor
  • Music Editor
  • Teacher/Professor


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 have been singing since I could talk, and I love expressing my passion for music by praising The Lord as a member of NCU’s worship team. I love being a part of anything that has to do with music and the fact I get to be in a community that uses their musical talents to glorify God is an incredible gift.”

– Chelsea King ’16,  Music Industry Major









Composition Concentration

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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