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Why Calvary Music?
The Music Department provides quality training and ministry opportunities for
students desiring to serve through music. Students of all majors are involved in
music learning and ministry through private lessons, music courses, concerts,
musicals, chapel music, Masterworks Chorus, and music groups during the
school year and in the summer. Music programs of study include: Music
Education, Music Performance and Pedagogy, Music and Youth Ministry,
Worship Arts, and Contemporary Christian Music. The Calvary music faculty are
highly trained and experienced in teaching and performing. Meet the faculty,
learn about major/minor programs of study, find out about upcoming Performing
Arts events, and purchase advanced tickets. Music groups are available to
present concerts at local churches and Christian schools. Contact the Music
Department if interested.
What will Calvary give you that other colleges and university music programs may not?
Calvary University is an independent, nondenominational institution, providing undergraduate and graduate education which prepares Christians to live and serve in the church and the world according to the biblical worldview. This is accomplished by providing appropriate educational curricula and a climate that fosters the development of intellectual and spiritual maturity, leadership potential, servanthood, and a sense of mission.
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Majoring and Minoring in a variety of Music degrees!
Requirements for a Music MajorDownload Worship Arts Planner [Master of Science]Download Worship Arts/Youth Ministry Planner [Bachelor of Science]Download Worship Arts Planner [Bachelor of Music]Download Music Performance & Pedagogy(Voice) Planner [Bachelor of Science]Download Music Performance & Pedagogy(Piano) Planner [Bachelor of Science]Download Music Performance & Pedagogy(Instrumental) Planner [Bachelor of Science]Download Contemporary Christian Music Planner [Bachelor of Science]Download Music Education K-12 (Vocal) Planner [Bachelor of Music]Download Music Education K-12 (Instrumental) Planner [Bachelor of Music]Download Worship Arts Planner [Associate of Arts]Download Worship Arts Planner [1 Year Certificate]
For detailed descriptions of all of these classes, please see Calvary’s catalog.
Piano Dedication Concert
Friday, September 14 at 7:00 pm in Liberty Chapel on the Calvary University campus we will dedicate the grand piano and piano microphone that were donated to the Music Department for use in chapel services, concerts, recitals and other musical events. You are invited to enjoy a variety of musical selections performed by Calvary students, faculty and alumni as we expressed our gratitude to the Lord for the generosity of the donors of this beautiful instrument. This is a FREE concert so invite your friends to come for an evening of wonderful piano music performed on this beautiful piano.
Fall 2018 Masterworks
Rehearsals will begin Monday August, 27 at 7:00 pm in Liberty Chapel on the Calvary University campus with the performance on Friday, November 9 at 7:30 pm at an offsite location to be named later. This year our primary work will be John Rutter’s “Requiem.” Cost for participating is $25.00 per person with a maximum of $50.00 per family. Don’t miss this opportunity to be a part of our combined chorus to sing in this Masterwork. The performance will be a ticketed event. Adult – $10.00, Senior (65+) and Students – $7.00 and children under 4 get in Free.
Calvary University Music Department will present their annual Christmas Concert on Friday, December 7 at 7:00 at Blue River Bible Church, 15608 Fairchild Dr · Kansas City MO 64147. Let this be the first stop on your Christmas journey and enjoy songs of the season presented by a variety of instrumentalists, soloist and, of course, the Calvary Chorale. This concert will be a ticketed event. Adults – $10.00, Senior (65+) and Students – $7.00 and children under 4 get in Free.
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We Help You Play the Music…
Dr. Tom Stolberg – BME, MM, DMA
Music Department Chair, Vocal
Dr. Tom Stolberg – Chair of Music Department – B.M.E. (Music Education), University of Illinois, Normal, 1981; M.Mus. (Vocal Performance and Choral Conducting), New Mexico State University, 1984; D.M.A. (Vocal Performance), University of Missouri, Kansas City, Conservatory of Music, 2005
Dr. Tom Stolberg began his career teaching music in public schools in New Mexico. He worked for fifteen years at Merrill Lynch, rising to Vice President. Dr. Stolberg served on the New Mexico Arts Commission as a commissioner and chair, was the founder and chair of the New Mexico Arts Foundation, served as the chair and panelist for the New Mexico Governor’s Arts Award, and served as a trustee for the Western States Arts Federation. He was the founder and director of Opera Kadopera (Kansas City) and founding member and vocalist of the River City Opera Company (Baton Rouge). Dr. Stolberg taught voice at UMKC (2003-2006) and served as Artist-in-Residence at Avila University (2004-2007). Additionally, he has an extensive performance portfolio. Before coming to Calvary to chair the music department, Dr. Stolberg was the Minister of Worship Arts at Blue Ridge Bible Church, where he continues to serve as the worship leader.
Dr. Haekyung An – BM, MM, MM, DMA
Dr. Haekyung An – B.Mus. (Vocal Performance), New England Conservatory of Music, 1994; M.Mus. (Vocal Performance), New England Conservatory of Music, 2001; M.Mus. (Opera and Musical Theater), Southern Illinois University, 2004; D.M.A. (Vocal Performance), University of Missouri, Kansas City, 2011
Dr. Haekyung An is the Head of Voice at Calvary University. She is originally from Seoul, Korea. Dr. An has both a Bachelor and Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music, a Master of Music in Opera and Musical Theater from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She has performed as an opera singer and soloist at venues such as the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Marjorie Lawrence Opera Theatre, Union Avenue Opera Theater, Bay View Music Festival, the Southern Illinois Symphony, and Kansas Civic Orchestra.
Un Chong Christopher – BM, MM
Piano and Vocal
Un Chong Christopher – B.Mus. (Piano Performance), the University of Missouri, Kansas City, Conservatory of Music, 1982; M.Mus. (Voice Performance), the University of Missouri, Kansas City, Conservatory of Music, 1989
Pianist and Mezzo-Soprano Un Chong Christopher began piano studies at the age of five in Seoul, Korea. She is a graduate of the UMKC-Conservatory of Music and Dance where she studied piano with the late Joanne Baker and voice with Inci Bashar. She has performed on piano with the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra, the UMKC-Conservatory Orchestra, Independence Symphony and the Liberty Symphony Orchestra. She has sung the title role of Carmen, Charlotte in Werther, Suzuki in Madama Butterfly, Madam Larina in Eugene Onegin, to name a few.
Mrs. Christopher is an Associate Professor of Music and the Head of Piano at Calvary University and Theological Seminary. She has also taught at UMKC-Conservatory of Music, KU, William Jewell College, and Rockhurst University.
Jeremy Schell – BM, MM – Adjunct
Chorale, Praise Band, Piano, and Vocal
Jeremy Schell – Adjunct – B.A. (Piano Performance), University of Missouri, Conservatory of Music & Dance, Kansas City, 2001; M.A. (Choral Conducting), University of Missouri, Conservatory of Music & Dance, Kansas City, 2012
Jeremy Schell is a Kansas City native and joined Calvary’s faculty as an adjunct professor in 2013. He is the worship pastor at Graceway, where he and his family have attended for many years. He has a BM in Piano Performance and an MA in Music (Choral Conducting), both from the Conservatory of Music and Dance at UMKC. His teachers have included Dr. Ruth Anne Rich and Karen Kushner (piano), and Drs. Charles Robinson and Robert Bode (conducting). He and his wife Stacey have three children, Adeline, Jackson, and Gideon.
Pete Weiss – Adjunct
Guitar, Bass, and Cello
Pete Weiss is a Kansas City native. He has played guitar, bass guitar, and cello for over three decades, receiving numerous awards and accolades in various disciplines. He has formerly served as a full-time Associate Pastor over Youth and Music Ministries until transitioning into Law Enforcement in 1997. Pete retired from the Raytown Missouri Police Department in 2014 at the rank of Sergeant. He taught music privately for over twenty years before joining the staff at Calvary University in 2013 as an Adjunct Professor of bass guitar, guitar, and cello. He currently serves on the Worship team at Graceway in Kansas City and owns Weiss Innovations, a home improvement and renovation business with his wife of twenty-four years, Jennifer. They have six children. One of Pete’s favorite verses is Colossians 3:23, “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men.”
See the Music We’ve Played!
The Calvary University Music Department performed their Annual Spring Concert on April 20, 2018 at Blue River Bible Church.
The evening began with a hymn medley performed by an instrumental ensemble. Other instrumental pieces were sprinkled throughout the program as well as several vocal ensembles. Attendees enjoyed lots of laughter at the antics of the Musical Theatre portion. Variety was the key to this engaging concert with performances that featured our graduating Seniors and Masters students along with instrumentalists, small ensembles, and the Calvary University Chorale. We appreciate all of the hard work by students, faculty, and staff to prepare for this concert, and we thank the Lord for the blessing of music.
Calvary University will host the Grace University Chorale at their chapel service on Wednesday, March 28, 2018. We are excited to welcome the GU Chorale for their final tour before Grace University closes after their Commencement ceremony in May.
The Grace Chorale and Chamber Singers from Grace University in Omaha, Nebraska, will sing in chapel at Calvary University, Kansas City, MO, on Wednesday, March 28, at 11:00 AM. The Chorale, a long-standing tradition at Grace, is a 33 member auditioned choir under the direction of Dr. Greg Zielke. The Chamber Singers are a select group of musicians from within the Chorale. These groups strive for choral excellence and ministry through music while exploring the vast scope of sacred choral literature.
Calvary students, faculty and staff were encouraged by the testimonies and singing of these wonderful students.
Calvary University’s Music Department presented their annual Christmas concert on Friday, December 1.
The concert was presented in Calvary’s own Liberty Chapel. This year’s concert will featured incredible music from the Calvary Chorale, Calvary Men’s Chorale, and other featured performers from our talented music students. It was a beautiful start to our Christmas season as they presented classical and favorite holiday favorites.
The 2017 Calvary Masterworks Chorus Presented Felix Mendelssohn’s “Elijah”
The Calvary Masterworks Chorus ipresented an evening of classical music as they performed Felix Mendelssohn’s “Elijah.” “Elijah” is an epic retelling of the Old Testament story of the prophet Elijah. Alongside Handel’s “Messiah,” this piece is considered one of the greatest oratorios ever written with music that conveys sheer power and emotion. Mendelssohn was determined that the drama of the story should be of central importance, and dramatic it certainly is! A story of a curse that brings the scourge of drought, followed by despair, wickedness, cruelty, relief, tenderness, and mercy. The turmoil is finally resolved in an impassioned chorus of praise to the “Lord, our Creator.”
The Calvary University Music Department performed their Annual Spring Concert on April 21, 2017!
Concert-goers enjoyed an evening of musical selections from CU Students, Faculty, and Staff which were guaranteed to make our audience want to sing along! Variety was the key to this engaging concert with performances that included both vocal and instrumental music featuring soloists, small ensembles, and the Calvary University Chorale just back from their annual Spring Concert Tour.
Calvary University Music Department presented an evening of piano music with Scott Carrell as he performed a Guest Piano Recital on Saturday, February 25, 2017, in Liberty Chapel.
What is the difference between a recital and a concert, you ask? A concert is a musical performance given typically by several performers or of several separate compositions, but a recital is a more intimate program of music by a solo instrumentalist, singer or a small group.
The Calvary Foundation invited diners to the annual Madrigal Dinners where merriment and mirth were provided by the Calvary University Music Department. A three-course feast was presented on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, December 9,10 & 11, 2016 in Liberty Chapel.
Our story begins as Princess Abigail can’t wait to find out if she got the Wee Box 300 for Christmas. Grandmother Margaret, who dislikes electronics, presents her with an unusual gift called a “book.” Abigail struggles with the idea of creating a world with her imagination, but slowly, they are transformed back to a Renaissance feast and to the importance of the story in this particular book. The Princess finds out that the first Christmas gift is much better than the gifts we think we want. It was a wonderful step back in time as the Royal Court and players wove their Christmas story amid music, dancing, and feasting.
“How Great Our Joy.”
The concert was presented on Friday, December 2, 2016, in Calvary’s own Liberty Chapel. The concert featured incredible music from the Calvary Chorale, Evidence and both the Men’s and Women’s Chorales. Other featured performers included an Instrumental Ensemble and our talented music students.
Calvary University’s Masterworks Series: Friday, November 11, 2016, at First Baptist Church of Lee’s Summit
Calvary University presented its annual Masterworks Series, featuring our Chorale and singers and musicians from the local community. This concert featured two incredible works: Theodore Dubois’ Seven Last Words of Christ accompanied by organist, Bethany Franklin, and J.S. Bach’s fourth cantata, Christ lag in Todesbanden.
CALVARY COMMUNITY SCHOOL OF ARTS
Calvary University continues to host the Calvary Community School of Arts. This program is open to the public and is available for pre-college students. Professional musicians and advanced music majors from Calvary University teach private lessons and/or group classes for Piano, Voice and a variety of other instruments. Our goal is to provide excellent instruction for motivated students. For more information, contact Teresa Purinton – Calvary Community School of Arts Director, 816-425-6180 or fill out the contact form.
See What Our Alums Are Doing!
Sarah (Cheslik) Bourdess is a Kansas City-based pianist and conductor. She is currently working on her Masters Degree in Choral Conducting. Sarah graduated in 2014 with a degree in piano performance and pedagogy from Calvary University, where she studied with Un Chong Christopher. Sarah has done a substantial amount of work accompanying and performing, including a recent performance in which she played Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition and Beethoven’s Waldstein Sonata. In 2016 Sarah returned to Calvary University to begin graduate studies in conducting, studying with Dr. Tom Stolberg. She currently directs an Early Music Ensemble, exploring the music of Palestrina and Monteverdi, and has also had experience conducting in several area churches and choirs. Sarah is a member of KCFMT (Kansas City Federated Music Teachers) and currently works as a piano instructor both at her own studio and at a local private school. She and her husband Joel also work for Biblical Ministries Worldwide, traveling and making videos for missionaries around the world.
Bethany Franklin graduated with her Masters degree in May 2018 from Calvary University in Worship Arts with an emphasis in Piano. She graduated from Calvary University with a degree in Advanced Biblical Studies. Prior to attending Calvary, she graduated from Cornerstone Bible Institute in 2013 with a diploma in Bible and Theology and an emphasis in Counseling. She has been playing piano for nineteen years, classical organ for twelve and thoroughly enjoys each opportunity the Lord gives her to play for Him. Currently, Bethany is employed by the Liberty Public School System and is accompanying choirs of middle school singers! She also accompanies for the William Baker Festival Singers, a local Kansas City Choir.
Hailey Bair, mezzo-soprano, graduated May 2018 with her Master s degree from Calvary university in Worship Arts with an emphasis in Voice. She previously graduated from UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music degree. She has studied under the tutelage of Un Chong Christopher for the past six years. A Springfield, MO native, her studies began early with 15 years of piano lessons, and 9 years of voice under Missy Palen. Hailey made her opera debut in Cosi fan tutte through UMKC Opera as well as sang numerous oratorio roles, including the messenger in Judas Maccabaeus and the Queen in Elijah. Hailey is moving back to her hometown of Springfield with her golden retriever, Zoey and planning teach voice and piano lessons in a private studio.
Melissa McBrayer graduated from Calvary in 2011 with a Bachelors of Music – Vocal Pedagogy and Performance with a Theatre Arts minor. Currently, she is working as a Paraprofessional in the Grandview C4 School District, while working towards certification in Elementary Education. She also teaches private voice lessons in the Northland. Although her full-time job does not require the skills gained from her degree, Melissa has had the opportunity to use her music & theatre training while performing with the American Opera Studio in Overland Park, KS. This is her third year performing with AOS, and she is excited for a big role in the studio’s 20th Anniversary “Emerald Ball” in January! Besides singing in their performances, she is able to help with making costumes and set designs for the studio, using some of the very skills learned through Calvary’s theatre program! Melissa feels like Calvary really helped prepare her spiritually to be able to work and perform in secular environments where she can use her God-given talents, while still shining His light to the people she works with.
Sarah (McBrayer) Martin graduated from Calvary in 2009 with a Bachelors of Music Performance and Pedagogy with an emphasis in Voice. Currently, she teaches private voice and beginning piano lessons out of her home studio. God has also provided an opportunity for Sarah to use a part of her training at Calvary that she never expected to use outside of class: conducting. For the past four years, Sarah has been directing music for Academy of Christian Theatre and SHINE of KC. Sarah says “It is a blessing to work with other Christian directors and impact the lives of kids and teens through music, drama, and dance.” She has enjoyed participating in Calvary Masterworks Chorus, both as a student and an alumni, as well as being involved in some local community theatre productions. This summer she joined American Opera Studio in Overland Park, KS, and is looking forward to her first performance with them.