School of Music

The Olivet Nazarene University School of Music offers limitless opportunities for students to hone their musical craft. From worship services to the concert hall, you’ll find music in every corner of the campus.

Olivet Nazarene University has a rich heritage of musical excellence. From the university's earliest days, music has been a significant part of the academic, social and spiritual offerings.

The School of Music has produced graduates serving in classrooms and colleges all around the country. Performance majors are found in opera houses, musical theatre productions, concert stages and amidst some of the country's leading performing ensembles. Composition graduates are penning popular music, and scoring films for major production houses and commercials.

With music enmeshed in the very fabric of Olivet life, there is no shortage of campus opportunities: marching band; orchestras; string, brass and wind ensembles; choral groups including classical and gospel music, worship bands and jazz ensembles; and recording and technology.

More than 500 students participate in music activities. Some choose to major in music, some choose to minor, and some choose merely to augment their Olivet degree with music. Even entry-level students will find a place to be involved.

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The Bachelor of Arts (B.A) or minor in Music is offered as a liberal arts degree in music, comprised of general education, the core music curriculum, and elective courses. This degree allows students to have flexibility in enrolling in elective courses to fit a wide variety of interests. It is not uncommon to combine the B.A. in Music with another major.

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Music Education

The Bachelor of Music (B.M.) in Music Education is for students who have chosen a career in music education. This degree meets the requirements of the Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois Professional Educator Licensure, which qualifies graduates to teach and supervise music in grades K-12. Students complete one of two tracks in this major: General/Instrumental or General/Vocal.

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Music Ministry

The Bachelor of Music (B.M.) in Music Ministry is for students who feel called to full-time music ministry in the Church. Regardless of the style, Olivet’s Music Ministry program is preparing future worship leaders and musicians for ministry in the local and global Church.

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Our Facilities

Larsen Fine Arts Center is the home of the School of Music. The building is filled with classrooms, studio space, practice rooms, rehearsal halls and Kresge Auditorium, which hosts musical performances, recitals, plays, lectures and more.

Concerts & Events

Olivet's School of Music hosts a variety of concerts and events on campus for campus and community alike. Many events are general admission and free, while some require tickets.

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Music Scholarships

Each year, Olivet provides numerous scholarship opportunities for talented musicians. Whether you have decided to be a music major or not, Olivet offers all incoming new students the opportunity to audition for music scholarships including voice, band, orchestral instruments, piano and composition. Click on the links to learn more.

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