Why Music?

Impact culture as a creative, thoughtful, highly capable musician. Discover the TWU Music Program.

Why Music?

Impact culture as a creative, thoughtful, highly capable musician. Discover the TWU Music Program.

Picture yourself growing as a performer and scholar in a stimulating, supportive, faith-filled environment. Collaborate with peers, faculty, and outstanding professional ensembles. Whether you want to build a career in conducting, composition, studio recording, worship, performance or music education, our Christ-centred mentorship will help you discover your unique voice.

What can you expect? Coaching by professional musicians from across the Metro Vancouver area. Opportunities to conduct and compose for SAMC’s performing ensembles. Broadway musicals with our Theatre department. Travel to London and Paris with your peers to experience world-class performances.

Learn alongside the best. Our choral program has been recognized internationally, collaborating with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and Vancouver Chamber Choir, performing on CBC Radio and at Carnegie Hall, and touring to China, Korea, Eastern Europe and the Ukraine.

Want to experience our program for yourself? Come to one of our concerts.


Bachelor of Arts (BA)

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Financial Aid

Investing in your future may require some help along the way. We offer merit and need-based awards to help offset the cost of tuition. Planning early is key and we are here to help get you started.

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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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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.

Careers in Music
Student playing guitar with a band

Your 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

Gregory Farrugia, BMus

Instructor in Music - Trombone

Tony Gallo, PhD

Instructor in Music - Saxophone, Jazz Combo

Jef Gibbons

Instructor in Music

Caroline Harder, DMA

Instructor in Music - Voice

Wes Janzen, DMA

Professor Emeritus of Music

Suzanne Klukas, MA

Accompanist and Instructor in Music - Piano

Johnny Markin, MWS

Instructor in Worship Arts

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