Parish Music

Parish music leaders bring beauty and joy to worship services and help others put their God-given musical talents to use. If you would like to lead the music program in a congregation, CUW’s Parish Music major was designed for you.

Why Study Parish Music at CUW?

  • Classes taught by practicing church musicians
  • Applied study available in every instrument and voice
  • Preparation in all aspects of a parish music from leading the congregation in song, to choral and instrumental directing, and worship planning
  • Access to rich variety of musical events in the Milwaukee area
  • Placement on the church worker roster as Commissioned Ministers for LCMS students who take additional theology classes

Program Overview

The Parish Music major is a music major with added classes in church music.

What You’ll Learn in the Parish Music Program

In this degree program you will study:

  • How music connects with the theological aspects of worship
  • Composing and arranging for worship and school
  • Music history, theory, and aural skills
  • Choral and organ literature
  • Conducting
  • Career Choices

Graduates look forward to rewarding careers as:

  • Parish music directors
  • Youth music directors
  • Directors of music ministry

Complementary Majors/Minors


Dr. Louis Menchaca, Chair

Professor of Music, K-12 Instrumental

Mark Bloedow

Assistant Professor

Dr. John Behnke

Professor of Music

Prof. Lynn Little

Assistant Professor of Music

Dr. James Freese

Associate Professor of Music

Dr. Alexa Doebele

Associate Professor of Music

Johanna Anderson

Director of Athletic Bands, Music Recruiter