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Welcome to the Pfeiffer University Music Department

Music  WorshipPreparing 21st century leaders in music and worship through an educational experience that unites the high artistic standards of a professional program with the intellectual rigors and academic breadth of a liberal arts education.


Beginning Academic Year 2014-2015

Pfeiffer University offers a bachelor of arts degree program in music and worship and a minor in music. Students may also seek certification in music ministry in The United Methodist Church.

·         The Music and Worship program supports current trends in music and worship leadership and the need for trained professionals through comprehensive and cross disciplinary training in required knowledge and skills. The curriculum aligns with Pfeiffer’s emphasis on Christian and community service and leadership.

·         Courses assist students in developing a strong base in music theory, music history and musicianship. Students receive individual instruction in applied music (voice, piano, organ, guitar, electric bass, strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion).

·         Music and non-music majors have opportunities to perform with Pfeiffer ensembles, which are open to all students by audition. These include concert choir, gospel choir, concert band, jazz ensemble, pep band, praise band, handbell choir, guitar ensemble and chamber music groups. Many activities of the music program are open to non-music majors who wish to perform with vocal or instrumental groups. Certain other music courses are available to non-music majors.

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Department of Music
Pfeiffer University
Misenheimer, N.C. 28109


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Concert Choir

An ensemble of mixed voices which performs a wide range of sacred and secular repertoire in a variety of classical and contemporary styles. This group performs on and off campus. Open to all students by audition.

Gospel Choir

A multicultural and interdenominational choral ensemble which primarily performs African-American spirituals and gospel music on and off campus. Open to all students by audition.

Concert Band

An ensemble of wind and percussion instruments which performs traditional and contemporary repertoire composed and transcribed for concert band. Comprised of students and members of the local community, the band performs concerts on and off campus. Open to all students by audition.

Jazz Ensemble

A small ensemble of mixed and flexible instrumentation which performs contemporary and traditional jazz, Latin, and pop music. This group performs on and off campus and is open to all students by audition.

Pep Band

An ensemble of wind and percussion instruments which performs popular tunes and chants at Pfeiffer athletic events. Open to all students by audition.

Praise Band

A small ensemble of singers and keyboard, guitar, bass, and drum players which performs worship music on campus in the Village Church. Open to all students by audition.

Handbell Choir

An ensemble of English handbell ringers which performs secular and sacred repertoire on and off campus. Open to all students by audition.

Guitar Ensemble

An ensemble which performs traditional and contemporary music written or arranged for multiple guitars. Open to all students by audition.

Chamber Music               

A small ensemble of two or more instrumentalists combined to perform chamber repertoire from all periods of music. Open to all students by audition.

Auditions and Scholarships

 Music scholarships, awarded based on audition outcomes, are available for Pfeiffer University students. Auditions are conducted on Falcon Preview Days or by appointment on another date with the Department of Music. Falcon Preview Dates for 2012 are Jan. 21 and April 14; auditions take place in Henry Pfeiffer Chapel. To schedule an audition on one of these dates or at a different time, call or email:

Joseph Judge
Director of Choral and Vocal Music
Office: (704) 463-3148
Cell: (704) 737-8864

A scholarship audition serves also as the audition for the Department of Music; to receive a scholarship a student must declare a music major. Students who wish to enroll at Pfeiffer University as a music major must apply separately to the University (through the Office of Admissions) and the Department of Music. Admission to the University does not guarantee acceptance as a music major or vice versa.

• University Application      
• Music Department Application

Before your audition: 

  1. Choose a short solo with the help of your director or private teacher.(No sight reading is required.) A selection from an all-district, all-county or honors chorus audition is fine. Percussionists may demonstrate their skills on snare, mallets, timpani and/or trap set. Auditions at Pfeiffer are designed to signal your potential in music; relax and perform your best.
  2. If your audition is on a Falcon Preview Day, it will be arranged to fit in the day's schedule. The Department of Music will coordinate audition times with the Office of Admissions, so please confirm your audition time several days in advance with one of the music department contacts listed above.

When you arrive:

  1. Proceed to Henry Pfeiffer Chapel located on the south side of campus. Someone will direct you to Dr. Kirby or Mr. Judge.
  2. Listen to the presentation about Pfeiffer University and take a campus tour. You'll have time to warm up before your audition.
  3. Parents are encouraged to participate in Falcon Preview Day activities designed for their interests (including financial aid).

Audio Samples

Samples from Pfeiffer music students.

Toccata Marziale


Festival Piece on St. Anne

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

Praise to the Lord Almighty

With a Voice of Singing

When in Music God is Glorified


Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing

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