Music at EMU
Music Major Concentrations: Music Education, Music Performance, Church Music, and Interdisciplinary Studies
Minors: Music and Church Music
EMU is a small Christian liberal arts college nestled in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. A bachelor of arts in music from EMU prepares graduates for work in music education, in performance, in graduate school, in church music, and in other music-related professions.
Our music program isn’t about cut-throat competition… it’s about building a community through music.
First-year student Reed Meyer recorded his original song “Miles” while interning at Alive Studios, located just two blocks from the EMU campus. The clip features Reed on vocals, Jon Bishop on guitar, and Bruce Cypress on drums.
Performing faculty and students
The department has an extremely active performing faculty, on campus and away who also strive for excellence in classroom and studio teaching. There are seven full-time music faculty, a varying number of part-time faculty, about 20-30 majors, and a much larger number of students who are involved in the ensembles and in private study in the department.
Recitals and concerts
We sponsor more than 50 recitals and concerts annually, including student ensemble concerts, senior and junior recitals, noon recitals, faculty recitals, preparatory program events, and the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival. Each fall the music department coordinates a celebratory concert, performed by students and recent grads.
Invited artists frequently perform on campus and faculty-led trips to performances in nearby metropolitan centers such as Washington, D.C. provide wonderful educational experiences. In 2007, the department launched a strings instruction program within city schools, and a group of students performed at the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind and a local detention center.
The preparatory music program is comprehensive and wide-reaching, serving 500 students in the Shenandoah Valley and providing community outreach projects year-round.
Bach Festival founder Ken J. Nafziger honored with Circle of Excellence in the Arts Award, vows to ‘keep on musicking’June 18th, 2015
Ken J. Nafziger, professor of music at Eastern Mennonite University, recently became the third honoree to receive the Circle of Excellence in the Arts Award. He accepted the award at the Forbes Center Season Announcement event last week [June 11, 2015]. The honor, co-sponsored by the Forbes Center, the Arts Council of the Valley, and …More
- May 21st, 2015
In his 23rd year as artistic director and conductor of the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival, Kenneth J. Nafziger just laughs when asked if he is most looking forward to conducting any one particular piece. “That’s like asking me to pick my favorite child,” says Nafziger, who relishes the years-long process that goes into the programming, …More