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Welcome to the Pfeiffer University Music Department

Pfeiffer Music StudentsComing fall 2014 pending SACS approval

The vision of Pfeiffer University encourages students to embrace the Christian values of human dignity, integrity, and service as they become servant leaders and lifelong learners.

Through music and the arts, we affirm the university's mission to foster the development of the whole person in mind, body, and spirit.

Music Studies is a liberal arts degree for students with a vocational interest in music. Majors are encouraged to combine music studies with another major or minor such as business, communication, psychology, or history. The program seeks to build musical knowledge and skills in the context of a well-rounded liberal arts education with a focus on forming and building community involvement in music. Music Studies majors can expect to be involved in private lessons, ensembles, theatrical productions, concerts, church music activities, performance tours, program planning, public relations, interdisciplinary projects, and community outreach and service. The program is open to students with all levels of musical background.

There are a variety of opportunities for students to showcase their musical talents including:

  • Chamber Ensemble
  • Concert Choir
  • Glee Club
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Handbell Choir
  • Wind Ensemble

You are welcome to visit our campus any time - we will look forward to seeing you!


windensemble 3 resizedChoral Ensembles

Pfeiffer University Choral Ensembles are open to all students, including non-music majors. The groups perform regularly at a variety of venues. Some ensembles require an audition. Contact Joseph Judge for more information.

Concert Choir
Mixed ensemble that performs a variety of choral music including short form and major works with an orchestra.

Chamber Choir
A select ensemble that performs a variety of A cappella vocal music. Audition required.

Handbell Choir
Pfeiffer University is very fortunate to have an outstanding handbell choir. The University Bell Choir has been performing on and off campus for over 20 years. The choir performs a wide variety of sacred and secular music on five octaves of English handbells. The bell choir is open to all students by audition. An ability to read music, especially rhythms is required.

Instrumental Ensembles

Pfeiffer University Instrumental Ensembles are open to all students, including non-music majors. The groups perform regularly at a variety of venues. Some ensembles require an audition. Contact David Kirby for more information.

Wind Ensemble
An ensemble of 35-50 musicians performing original masterworks and transcriptions for wind band. The Wind Ensemble tours to perform for public schools throughout the region.

Jazz Ensemble
A standard big-band that performs modern jazz arrangements and compositions as well as big band classics. The Jazz Ensemble tours to regional jazz festivals and to perform for public school students.  By audition or invitation.

Jazz Combo
A smaller jazz group focusing on improvisation. The Jazz Combo performs at many campus functions. By audition or invitation.

Brass Chamber Music
Brass chamber ensembles include Horn Ensemble, Low Brass Ensemble, and Brass Quintet. These ensembles perform on campus and throughout the community. By audition or invitation.

Woodwind Chamber Music
Woodwind chamber ensembles include Flute Ensemble, Clarinet Ensemble, Saxophone Ensemble, and Woodwind Quintet. These ensembles perform on campus and throughout the community. By audition or invitation.

Percussion Ensemble
The Percussion Ensemble performs arrangements and original compositions for percussion instruments. Open to all students with permission of director.

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:

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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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