Music Department

Since 1881, Concordia University’s mission has been teaching and preparing students for careers and vocations that serve The Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod. Music has always been an integral part of that mission. The music department contributes to the spiritual, cultural, artistic, academic and co-curricular aspects to University life on campus. As the campus has grown in scope and size the music department has become more integral to the University mission.

Next Event

Christmas at Concordia

Friday, Dec. 6, 2019 @ 7:30pm
Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019 @ 7:30pm

Join our campus community in celebrating our Savior's birth, ushering in the Advent and Christmas seasons.


A broad range of performance opportunities including instrumental, choral, and handbell ensembles is offered within the curriculum. Each year the premier ensemble within each genre takes a tour throughout the region or continental United States. International travel has taken band, choir, and handbells to Asia, Europe, and South America.

The CUW Pep Band at the 2018 Concordia Invitational Tournament.

The Kammerchor Ensemble in front of the monument to pope Alexander VII in St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City.

The University Band rehearses for Christmas at Concordia.

Department Chair

Dr. Louis Menchaca

Since the Fall of 1992, Dr. Louis A Menchaca has coordinated all aspects of the instrumental music division-ensembles, instruction and administration. Described by professional colleagues as the “future model for music education,” he actively engages in teaching, conducting and performance of wind band, orchestral and jazz ensembles.

As leader of a CUW ensemble, “Dr. M” has led music concert tours and scholarly presentations in 38 states and 6 European tours. His ensembles have been featured in local, state, regional and international media outlets including telecasts, radio, print, webcasts and professional music associations. Symphonic Wind Ensemble has been named semi-finalist in the “American Prize” Music competition for collegiate bands.

CUW Music alumni are the greatest accomplishments for Dr. Menchaca. Having served as a mentor for both music and non-music majors, his students hold music-teaching and administrative positions across the United States and in the military. Music teacher preparation remains the most important part of his ministry. In addition to the ensembles, he continues to supervise music student teachers; teaches instrumental conducting and has served as Music Department Chair for the past 25 years.