Parish music leaders bring beauty and joy to worship services and help others put their God-given musical talents to use. If you would like to lead the music program in a congregation, CUW’s Parish Music major was designed for you.

Why Study Parish Music at CUAA?

  • Classes taught by practicing church musicians
  • Applied study available in every instrument and voice
  • Preparation in all aspects of a parish music from leading the congregation in song, to choral and instrumental directing, and worship planning
  • Access to rich variety of musical events in the Ann Arbor area
  • Placement on the church worker roster as Commissioned Ministers for LCMS students who take additional theology classes

Program Overview

The Parish Music major is a music major with added classes in church music.

What You’ll Learn in the Parish Music Program

In this degree program you will study:

  • How music connects with the theological aspects of worship
  • Composing and arranging for worship and school
  • Music history, theory, and aural skills
  • Choral and organ literature
  • Conducting

Full Time Faculty

Dr. Robert McCormick, Dean
Professor of Music, Campus Dean, School of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Brian Altevogt
Associate Professor of Music, Director of Choral Activities

Dr. William M. Perrine, Chair
Assistant Professor of Music, Director of Instrumental Activities

Armin Karim
Instructor of Music, Director of Worship Arts

Career Choices

Graduates look forward to rewarding careers as:

  • Parish music directors
  • Youth music directors
  • Directors of music ministry
  • Complementary Majors/Minors