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Worship Arts

Interdisciplinary Program

The worship arts major at Anderson University recognizes the variety of skills needed to lead and participate in modern worship. This program prepares students with training in music, acting, dance, audio, video, and biblical training to enable their calling.

Program Overview

Worship Arts

Students at Anderson University have opportunities to participate in Chapel both at campus-wide gatherings that take place twice per week and in departmental offerings. They can translate the training they are receiving in our School of Theology and Christian MinistrySchool of Music, Theatre, and Dance, and School of Humanities into action while they are still students. An internship is also a required component of this program.

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Classes

  • art, faith, and culture
  • live sound production
  • visual communication
  • sacred music
  • faith and worship

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Careers

Worship arts offers the framework needed for folks who are called to ministry through music and performance. It also prepares those who plan to continue along a path to ordination to approach worship in a broad sense. It cornerstones well into the music industry as a whole and may serve as a starting point for graduate study in music therapy. The interdisciplinary nature of the degree also prepares students to be music critics.

  • Worship pastor
  • Liturgy pastor
  • Music critics
  • Overseas missions
  • Choir director
  • Pursue graduate studies in music
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Ministry Preparation

Ministry preparation within Anderson University’s School of Theology and Christian Ministry is rooted in some important values. First of all, we value Scripture. Faculty take the Bible seriously and encourage students to read it, take seriously its claims, become familiar with its stories, and work with critical questions about how it came to be and how it is used.

We value good theology. Theology is as much a practice as a system of belief, and good ministry involves sound thinking about important issues. It doesn’t mean doing so alone, however, nor does it mean carrying around a set of stale answers. Good theology is a living, breathing activity done with others in light of particular challenges.

We value people and the many places where they can be found. We don’t assume that reviewing someone’s status updates, knowing whether they are a “Boomer” or “Gen X,” or classifying them as “red” or “blue” is the same as knowing that person. There is more to every human being created in God’s image than the labels that person might be given, and we encourage students to become familiar not only with categories but with people in particular ministry contexts.

We value the church. We affirm that ministry is a characteristic of authentic Christian community. We see ministry as being open so that God’s good news works through each person’s giftedness to affect individuals for good at the point of their real needs. It is no one’s private property. We affirm the ministry of congregations and encourage students to have a meaningful connection with a particular setting for ministry — to observe, to offer their contribution, to learn, to critique when necessary, and to grow.

We value ministry. We recognize that callings differ. At the same time, we do not encourage the kind of specialization that would keep us apart or make us competitors. There should be a connection and a coherence about Christian ministry, which is why we don’t have a separate major for every one of its forms. In the same way, we work on building character more than crafting charisma, and we value the cultivation of wisdom more than the collection of techniques.

We value education. We help students draw on deep wells that will sustain their work rather than encouraging the strategy of scrambling for resources to “plug in” to their program. We embrace and explore critical questions, and we encourage students to question certainties that are reached prematurely.

We value you. At graduation, we would much rather shake the hands of people who have been changed by important questions from various fields of knowledge rather than to wave goodbye to tourists who had a nice time and are leaving with a few items they picked up along the way. We consider a student’s whole academic career — and their other educational experiences — to be part of their preparation for ministry. We encourage them to view life itself as a learning opportunity.

OUR worship arts FACULTY

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Caroline Ahn wearing blue

Dr. Caroline KyungA Ahn

Artist in Residence and Assistant Professor of Music

Caroline Ahn wearing blue
Dr. Caroline KyungA Ahn

Embracing a wide spectrum of musical styles, Dr. Ahn writes music inspired by the natural world.
Born in Seoul, Korea, Caroline KyungA Ahn holds degrees from Yonsei University, Eastman School of Music and Indiana University. Her compositions include orchestral, chamber, and theatrical works that have been widely performed in South Korea, the United States, Europe, and South America. Dr. Ahn currently works as an Assistant Professor and Artist in Residence at Anderson University. She also serves as a chair for Opus Composition Festival and a chair of Commissioned Composer program at IMTA and also serves as a president of the non-profit community serving group Sound of Hope.

Winner of 2018 Christine Clark/ Theodore Front Prize of IAWM (International Alliance for Women in Music), her achievements include being chosen ISCM New Music Days, the Excellence in Composition prize at the IBCF (International Brass Chamber Music Festival, KY) and a finalist for the Respighi Composition Competitions of 2014 season. Caroline was also selected as one of the finalists of Sioux Symphony Orchestra as ‘Composer of the Year’ in 2014. Caroline won the Donghak Civil War theme song competition in Korea in the same year. Commissions include by Anderson Symphony Orchestra, Kaeum String Orchestra, ‘The 3Beats’ trio, Carmel City (IN) to write the opening and finale music of Carmel Festival (IN) in July 2012, New York Classical Players, Inspirare Trio, IKTUS Percussion Quartet, ISO Player group, IMTA Commissioned Composer of the year of 2015, Indiana State Contemporary Music Festival, Cramped Spaces, Mirus Trio and many more.

Learn more about her commissions and awards on her professional website.

Contact Dr. Ahn:
kaahn@anderson.edu
D.M., Indiana University
M.M. and M.A., Eastman School of Music
B.M. Yonsei University
Artist in Residence and Assistant Professor of Music

Jonathan Brooks

Dr. Jonathan Brooks

Professor of Music

Jonathan Brooks
Dr. Jonathan Brooks

Jonathan Brooks completed his Ph.D. at the University of North Texas in music theory. His dissertation, entitled “Imagined Sounds: Their Role in the Strict and Free Compositional Practice of Anton Bruckner,” investigates the degree to which Bruckner’s harmonic-counterpoint teachings affected his compositional output. Prior to coming to Anderson University, Jonathan was a Lecturer of Music Theory at Baylor University for the 2000-01 academic year where he taught classes in form and analysis, traditional harmony, and twentieth-century analysis and ear-training.
Jonathan’s research interests include the history of music theory, and the analysis of harmonic and contrapuntal elements in Late Romantic and Early Twentieth-Century Viennese music. Jonathan presented several papers on turn of the century Viennese harmony and compositional theory for the Texas Society of Music Theory. More recently, he has focused research on popular music of the sixties and tracing the origins of their harmonic-contrapuntal structures in earlier popular and classical music.
In addition to his work in music theory, Jonathan is an active composer who focuses on piano, song and choral writing. In addition, he has taught private lessons since arriving at Anderson University with several students going on to complete master’s and doctorate degrees. Over the last year, Jonathan has worked with the Just Press Play Academy in Anderson teaching music theory and piano skills to children between the ages of 8 and 11.

Courses taught at Anderson University: Theory, Aural Comprehension, Choral Arranging, Counterpoint, Private Composition Lessons

Jonathan Brooks has been at Anderson University since 2001.

Contact Jonathan:
jebrooks@anderson.edu
Associate Professor of Music
Professor of Music
Theory, composition
B.A., Erskine College
M.M., Indiana University
Ph.D., University of North Texas

Dr. Rebecca Chappell

Professor of Music; Director of Music Business Studies

Dr. Rebecca Chappell

Dr. Rebecca Chappell is Director of Music Business Studies at Anderson University and teaches clarinet and saxophone.  She is founder and Director of Orangehaus Records, Orangehaus Publishing, and Orangehaus Music Business Camp, a summer music business experience for high school students. She served on the Board of the Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association (MEIEA) from 1999-2009, including President of the organization from 2003-2007, and was the first educator to receive the "Music Business Educators Award” from EMI Music Group. Chappell currently serves on the Board of Legendary Road, a music company that promotes independent artists through a national restaurant chain.

Chappell has performed as a woodwind soloist throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, and the Middle East, including a performance for the Prime Minister of Israel. Professional orchestral performances include the Indianapolis Symphony, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, and tours with "The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber" and Pavarotti. As an active studio musician, Chappell has recorded for noted clients such as John Williams, Hall Leonard, MGM Studios, and Dr. Seuss Enterprises. She is also a member of IndyKlez, an Indianapolis-based professional world music group. In addition, Chappell currently serves as an adjudicator for Indiana Music Educators Association (IMEA), Indiana Music Teachers Association (IMTA), and Regional and State Contests for the Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA).

Becky Chappell has served at Anderson University since 1993.

Contact Becky: 
rachappell@anderson.edu
Director of Music Business Studies;
Professor of Music
Woodwinds, music business
B.A., Anderson University
M.M., Oklahoma State University
D.A., Ball State University

Chad Evans

Music Business

Chad Evans

Chad Evans has been the Chief Recording Engineer at Gaither Studios in Alexandria, IN since 1994. He has been a professional audio engineer since graduating from Middle Tennessee University in Murfreesboro, TN with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Recording Arts and Sciences in 1989. He has garnered two Grammy awards for his work on the acclaimed, Gaither Gospel Series which has sold millions of DVDs and CDs worldwide.

Chad has worked with such artists as Sandi Patty, The Gaither Vocal Band, David Phelps, Jon McLaughlin, Amy Grant, Andrea Crouch, Vince Gill, CeCe Winans, Marty Stuart, The Isaacs, Natalie Grant, Wintley Phipps, and many more artists throughout his career.

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Jamie Johnson

Guitar

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Jamie Johnson

Jamie holds master's and bachelor's degrees in classical guitar music performance from Ball State University, where he studied with Mr. Paul Reilly. Jamie has held numerous teaching positions in Indiana at both the university level and the freelance level, including Anderson University, Taylor University, Purdue University, and Ball State University, as well as at the Muncie Music Center and Meridian Music, Indianapolis.

He has performed in many classical small ensembles in the Central Indiana region, including the WyndWood Flute & Guitar duo with Donna Swartz Bath (flute). In addition to his classical work, Jamie performed with the Jazz quartet Cries & Whispers, the Blues sextet Borrowed Time, the Madison County Directors Band, and the Muncie Symphony Orchestra.

He also served for fifteen years as director of music at the Saint Francis of Assisi Newman Center in Muncie, Indiana.

M.A., Ball State University

Dr. Kimberly S. Majeski

Associate Professor of Biblical Studies

Dr. Kimberly S. Majeski

Kimberly Majeski, associate professor of biblical studies, is a scholar, preacher, and author. Majeski has served the wider church as a conference speaker, women’s retreat leader, and radio personality with the Church of God’s ViewPoint ministry (Christians Broadcasting Hope). Before joining the seminary faculty, Majeski served Anderson University as campus pastor and as ministry coordinator of the Women of the Church of God. She writes a popular weekly blog and is the founder of Butterflies of Hope Outreach, a ministry to exotic dancers in her city. Majeski is an ordained minister of the Church of God (Anderson). Kimberly and her husband Kevin reside in Anderson, Ind., with their two black cats, Monkey and Henry.

Majeski joined the School of Theology faculty in 2008.

Contact Dr. Majeski:
(765) 641-4551
ksmajeski@anderson.edu
Associate Professor of Biblical Studies
B.A., Cumberland University
M.Div., D.Min., Anderson University School of Theology
Post graduate education University of Notre Dame (IN)

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Alan Overstreet

Dr. G. Alan Overstreet

Professor of Christian Education/Ministry

Alan Overstreet
Dr. G. Alan Overstreet

Dr. Overstreet came to Anderson University after serving as a pastor in the Church of God for 14 years. He was ordained in 1989 and has served with congregations in Michigan and Indiana. For several years he represented Indiana Ministries of the Church of God on the Servant Board of the Indiana Partners for Christian Unity and Mission, a statewide ecumenical organization.

Dr. Overstreet's academic preparation for ministry began at Gulf-Coast Bible College (now Mid-America Christian University) and continued at Anderson University's School of Theology. His Doctor of Ministry in Practical Theology from Christian Theological Seminary concluded with the project, “The Authority and Function of Scripture in Congregational Life.”

Whether teaching courses in Christian education and pastoral care in the ministry core of the Christian Ministries and Youth Ministries majors or courses in faith development and Bible within the liberal arts curriculum his background in practical theology prompt him to encourage students to explore not only how beliefs influence faith practices but also how communities and practices influence the formation of Christian belief.

Dr. Overstreet is a member of the American Academy of Religion, the Association of Practical Theology, and the Religious Education Association. With his family he attends Park Place Church of God. In addition, he is a tutor with the Madison County Literacy Coalition.

Professor Overstreet has served at Anderson University since 2002.

Contact Professor Overstreet: 
gaoverstreet@anderson.edu
(765) 641-4502

Professor of Christian Education/Ministry
B.A., Gulf-Coast Bible College (Mid-America Christian University)
M.Div., Anderson School of Theology
D.Min., Christian Theological Seminary

Richard Sowers

Dr. Richard Sowers

Professor of Music; Director of Chorale, Symphonic Choir, Valley Voices

Richard Sowers
Dr. Richard Sowers

Dr. Richard Sowers is a Professor of Music and serves as the Director of Choirs in the Anderson University School of Music, Theatre, and Dance. Currently he is the conductor of the Anderson University Chorale, Anderson Symphonic Choir, and Men's Choir, and teaches undergraduate and graduate conducting and music education classes.

Under Dr. Sowers' direction the Anderson University Chorale has visited almost every geographic region of the United States during spring tours. The Chorale has performed in a number of prestigious concert venues including Lincoln Center's Aver Fisher Hall, the Riverside Church, and St. John the Divine Cathedral in New York City, and the Crystal Cathedral, Garden Grove, California for the Hour of Power that was broadcast nationally and internationally, and the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., representing the state of Indiana for "Indiana Day." Each Christmas the Chorale, Men's Choir and other Anderson University School of Music, Theatre, and Dance ensembles present the Emmy award-winning Candles and Carols program which is broadcast throughout the United States and on two global networks.

Dr. Sowers has led eight European tours, performances in Germany, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, and Russia. Most recently, thirty-five singers performed nine concerts during a 16-day concert tour of Finland, Sweden, and Denmark, including several performances at the Vaasa International Choir Festival. The Chorale was chosen to perform in concert for several division and national conventions of the American Choral Directors Association. Additionally, the Chorale has performed in concert and as a demonstration choir for many music education events and conventions in which Dr. Sowers served as a clinician.

During a 2007 sabbatical leave, Dr. Sowers was resident guest conductor of the EMO Ensemble in Helsinki, Finland, and presented a concert of music by all American composers written since 2000. Sowers also served as a guest conducting teacher at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and guest conductor of the Tampere Philharmonic Choir. Dr. Sowers is active in the International Federation of Choral Music, and served as a delegate to the 8th World Choral Symposium in Copenhagen, Denmark in July, 2008.

Following his graduation from the Indiana University School of Music, Dr. Sowers taught junior and senior high school choral music for several years in Indiana. He holds a Master of Music degree from Colorado State University and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Arizona State University. In 1994, Dr. Sowers was selected the outstanding music alumnus from Colorado State University. His conducting teachers have included Jan Harrington, Robert Shaw, Helmuth Rilling, Edward Anderson, Douglas McEwen, and Kenneth Kiesler.

In 1989 Richard Sowers was appointed music director and conductor of the Anderson (City) Symphony Orchestra. He has appeared as guest conductor with the Carmel Symphony, the Dayton Philharmonic, Houston Symphony Orchestra, Toledo Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Symphony Orchestra, and the New World Youth Orchestras of Indianapolis. For ten years Sowers served on the staff of the Conductors Retreat at Medomak, a 17-day retreat for conductors held each July near Camden, Maine. Sowers served as interim conductor of the Anderson Area Children's Choir and has conducted almost every other kind of choir including church choirs, men's and women's choirs, community choirs, and a professional level chamber choir. Dr. Sowers is active as a guest conductor, clinician, and free-lance orchestral conductor.

Richard Sowers has been at Anderson University since 1984.

Contact Richard:
rlsowers@anderson.edu
Professor of Music
Chorale, Symphonic Choir, Valley Voices, conducting
B.M., Indiana University
M.M., Colorado State University
D.M.A., Arizona State University