Dr. Gene Rivard, D.M.A. Director of Instrumental Activities, Crown Brass, Music History & Theory

Dr. David Donelson, Ed. D. Department Chair, Professor of Music, Director of Choral Activities

Wally Brath, M.A. Assistant Professor of Worship Arts, Music In World Cultures

Shana Brath, B.M. Applied Violin, String Ensemble

Ben Bouissieres, B.A. Applied Guitar

Betsie Feldkamp, M.M. Applied Voice, Voice Class

Curtis Kettler, M.M. Applied Voice, Women's Choir

Dr. John Moir, D.M.A. Applied Voice, Methods Courses

Andrea Sheppard, B.A. Applied Flute, Flute Ensemble

JLeigh Wohlgemuth, M.A. Musical Operations Manager, Staff Accompanist, Academy of Music Coordinator, Piano Pedagogy

Lacey West, M.M. Applied Percussion, Percussion Ensemble, Applied Piano, Piano Lab, Music History

Mark Yannie, M.M. Applied Saxophone & Clarinet, Jazz Workshop

Contact the Crown College Music Department by phone (952-446-4231) or by email ().

Our Music Department

Creating musicians, educators and worship leaders

degree in music

What can I do with a degree in Music from Crown?

Bachelor of Arts in Music

  • Perform professionally
  • Teach music privately in a studio or academy
  • Work in music related businesses or industries
  • Gain a foundation for graduate work in music

Bachelor of Arts in Music and Worship Arts

  • Minister in worship and music in a local church or Christian organization
  • Gain a foundation for graduate work in ministry

Bachelor of Music Education

  • Obtain a vocal music K-12 licensure in Minnesota
  • Teach music professionally in a public or private school
  • Gain a foundation for graduate work in music education

Developing, training and mentoring superb musicians who, concurrently, are growing in their spiritual relationship to Christ, are the complementary focal points of Crown College’s Music Department. Not only do we prepare young men and women to become music educators in public and private schools, but to become effective worship leaders.

The Christian musicians who comprise our faculty are seasoned educators and professional musicians with decades of experience working with churches. Through our faculty, music students learn to balance their personal and professional lives through Christ. Our professors also guide students in leadership, collaboration, and finding and sustaining a career that reflects their Christian depth of character.

Crown’s positive ethos, global reach and missionary commitment are integral to the Music Department’s programs. As such, the department is continually broadening the global positioning of its music ministry. Our B.A. students in Music and Worship Arts, and in Music Education, spend a semester-long internship at a church in countries such as Holland, Belize, Burma or Spain. Or they may choose an internship in the U.S., where Christian immigrant communities are fast changing the demographics of congregations. Through their internships, students learn and practice intercultural mores and music. They also work alongside a worship pastor who helps prepare them for post-graduation ministry.

Ten years ago, our Music Department innovated the B.A. in Music and Worship Arts in Minnesota and we are proud to have placed each of the program’s graduates. While our students are all classically trained, we also embrace contemporary music. Students acquire professional experience through student teaching, church music practice, student ministries, and recitals. Other performance activities at Crown, designed to hone students’ musicianship, include College Choir, Chamber Choir (both of which perform abroad biannually), Women's Choir, Crown Brass, Crown Orchestra, and Christmas in Crown Chapel.

Our students are members of a long tradition of musical excellence at Crown College. On the cutting edge of musical performance and musical ministry, the Music Department embraces diversity in the student body, and in musical styles, and aesthetics, to affirm the joy of rehearsing and performing to the glory of God.

“We care about the whole person when developing our music majors. We prepare our graduates to not just get a job, but stay the job and sustain themselves as they keep growing in Christ, so they know the questions and what they need to do to find the answers.”

Dr. Gene Rivard

Music Department Degree Programs

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