Sacred Music Major

Bachelor of Music Degree

Program Overview

ORU musicians study music's past, present and future within a Christian context. Students have opportunities to develop their music capabilities and interests through the use of music as a socializing force, as an aid to compassionate understanding of themselves and their environment and as an avenue of self-expression.

The sacred music major is for those interested in learning techniques for worship leadership, and establishing, developing and maintaining a graded choral program, church orchestra and general administrative structure in a church music program.

Music majors must demonstrate continuous growth in ability. Recitals are regularly presented, affording students opportunities to appear as soloists. As with all ORU seniors, music majors are required to prepare a culminating activity: a recital, project or paper. This activity will be selected with the direction of the student's advisor according to the specific music program enrolled.

Student Societies, Clubs and Extracurricular opportunities

"With my major in Sacred Music, I know that I will be able to perform to the quality standard it takes to be a top music director.

"What I enjoy about my major are the different courses we have to take in order to fulfill our degree plan, like organ lessons and hymnology. How cool is that?"

Kyle Ng

Student: Kyle
Majors: Sacred Music
Hometown: Houston, TX

Collegiate Music Educators National Conference (CMENC)
CMENC is an organization that focuses on music education but is open to all music majors. It sponsors many of the music activities that occur on and off campus and is a great networking tool for any person who desires a career in music.

Mu Phi Epsilon
Mu Phi Epsilon is an international co-ed music fraternity that emphasizes the brotherhood and sisterhood of musicians.


With a degree from the ORU Music Department, you will be equipped for teaching in public and private schools, teaching in private studios, performing in professional music organizations and working in related music fields and church ministries. Additionally, you will acquire an adequate background for further study in gradate schools.

What do you have to look forward to?

Caring professors who will mentor and challenge you, a thorough, working knowledge of music theory and history, a supportive camaraderie of friends and future colleagues, frequent opportunities for performance and practical training both for work in the church and in future scholarship.

Course Offerings

  • Applied Music: Primary
  • Performance Groups
  • Oratorio Chorus
  • Music Seminar
  • Harmony
  • Sight Singing and Ear Training
  • Intro to Music Technology
  • Form and Analysis
  • Orchestration
  • Songwriting and Arranging
  • Conducting
  • Brass and Percussion Instruments
  • Woodwind Instruments
  • Hymnology
  • Service Playing
  • Principles of Counterpoint
  • String Instruments
  • Conducting - Choral
  • Church Music Administration
  • Music and Worship in the Charismatic/Evangelical Church
  • Church Music Literature
  • Piano Proficiency
  • Applied Music: Secondary
  • Class Voice
  • Church Music Practicum

Application Process

Admission to the music program requires a separate application with the Music Department and an audition. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance to the university by the Admissions Office; they will be notified of acceptance as a music major by the Music Department. Download a copy of the music major application here.

Degree Plan