Why Worship Studies?

You feel called to a future in worship—whether as a worship leader, artist, or songwriter.

Why Worship Studies?

You feel called to a future in worship—whether as a worship leader, artist, or songwriter.

Strengthen your skills, develop a firm theological foundation, be mentored and inspired to help create the future of worship.

The church needs mature, skilled leadership—your time at TWU will transform you as an artist and leader who can shape the culture of the church for new generations. This is education for your heart, mind, and spirit.



Important Dates

Graduate Art Exhibition: Passages

White Rock

Choir Concert: For God So Loved the World

Maple Ridge
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As a vibrant part of campus life, our daily chapel gathering at Trinity Western creates opportunities for us to hear and be changed by God’s story.

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Masterworks Chorus

TWU’s Masterworks Chorus is an auditioned community ensemble made up of approximately 70 singers, mostly faculty, staff and alumni of TWU. It’s also open to community members who just love to sing at a high level.

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Admission Requirements

The admissions process at TWU is designed to be simple and convenient. Once we receive your application and transcripts, you will be contacted by your admissions counsellor within two weeks on your admittance.

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Careers in Worship Studies

our options are endless, and could include being a:

  • Private music instructor
  • School music teacher
  • Worship leader
  • Conductor and composer
  • Performer
  • Instrumentalist
  • Music librarian and publisher

Faculty Profiles

Paolo Bortolussi, DMA

Instructor in Music - Flute

Robert Caldwell, BMus

Instructor in Music - Percussion

Marea Chernoff, MMus

Instructor in Music - Oboe

Henry Christian, BMus

Instructor in Music - Trumpet

Gregory Farrugia, BMus

Instructor in Music - Trombone

Ian Funk, BMus

Instructor in Music - Voice

Tony Gallo, PhD

Instructor in Music - Saxophone, Jazz Combo

Jef Gibbons

Instructor in Music

Ian Hampton

Instructor in Music - Cello

Caroline Harder, DMA

Instructor in Music - Voice

Wes Janzen, DMA

Professor Emeritus of Music

Suzanne Klukas, MA

Accompanist and Instructor in Music - Piano

Joanne Le Dressay, MA

Instructor in Music - Clarinet

Richard Mingus, MMus

Instructor in Music - Horn

Edward Norman, GRSM

Accompanist and Instructor in Music - Organ

Alison Nystrom, MMus

Instructor in Music - Voice

Tim Olsen

Instructor in Music - Guitar

David Rushton, Ed.D.

Professor Emeritus of Music

David Squires, Ph.D.

Dean, School of the Arts, Media + Culture; Professor of Music; Artistic Director, Verge Conference on the Arts (TWU)

Betty Suderman, DMA

Instructor in Music - Piano

Jon Thompson, DMA

Chair and Assistant Professor, SAMC Music

Allan Thorpe, DMA

Associate Professor of Music; Director of Instrumental Activities

Joel Tranquilla, DMA

Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Music

Elizabeth Volpé Bligh

Instructor in Music - Harp

Heilwig von Koenigsloew, MMus

Instructor in Music - Violin, Viola

Jeff R. Warren, PhD

Adjunct Professor of Music and Interdisciplinary Arts