School of Church Music & Worship

Biblically faithful. Musically excellent. Ministry driven.

At Southwestern Seminary’s School of Church Music and Worship, you will grow as a musical artist at a fully accredited NASM school of music, you will receive theological education only a seminary can provide, and you will develop a heart to minister in the local church and throughout the world.

The School of Church Music and Worship offers an excellent and comprehensive music education within a Christian context. Our students receive a strong biblical foundation for the role of music in worship, a practical guide to ministry, and professional preparation in music. A unique feature of Southwestern’s music degrees is the combination of in-depth theological studies with training for musical excellence.

Our graduates are not only thoroughly prepared in their chosen field, but they readily find places of service around the world.

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Our full-time music professors possess world-class credentials, a multitude of experiences, and a passion for using music for the glory of God. They, as well as our numerous artists-in-residence and adjuncts from the vibrant Dallas-Fort Worth music community, will challenge and inspire you.

Joseph R. Crider

Dean of the School of Church Music and Worship;
Professor of Church Music and Worship

Charles T. Lewis Jr.

Associate Dean of the School of Church Music and Worship;
Professor of Church Music and Worship

Ben Caston

Meet the School of Church Music and Worship Faculty

Partnering Faculty

  • Marsha Anderson

    Adjunct Professor of Voice

  • Will Douglas

    Artist in Residence, Guitar

  • Quamon Fowler

    Adjunct Professor of Jazz Studies

  • Joe Hardin

    Adjunct Professor of Composition

  • Heather Hawk

    Adjunct Professor of Voice

  • Allen Hightower

    Adjunct Professor of Conducting

  • Seon-Young Im

    Adjunct Professor of Piano

  • Curtis James

    Adjunct Professor of Worship Technology

  • Ricky Johnson

    Adjunct Professor of Worship Bands

  • Hyun Mi Cho

    Adjunct Professor of Cello

  • Tanya Karyagina

    Adjunct Professor of Piano

  • Jung Eun (Jennifer) Kim

    Adjunct Professor of Theory and Composition

  • Hyejin Lee (

    Adjunct Professor of Violin

  • Sueda Luttrell

    Adjunct Professor of Organ

  • Anna Mitchell

    Adjunct Professor of Music Theory

  • Ron Montgomery

    Adjunct Professor of Voice

  • Joy Mote

    Adjunct Professor of Voice

  • Don Wyrtzen

    Adjunct Professor of Composition

Performance Opportunities

In addition to solo performing opportunities in recitals and master classes, the School of Church Music and Worship offers a variety of ensembles for students to gain experience in their performing areas and to acquaint themselves with a wide range of repertoire, from the masterpieces of oratorio literature to the latest in worship music for the church. Above all, the ensembles provide the opportunity for glorious moments of communal music making.

You can experience the performances of many of these ensembles through one of our many music videos:

For Prospective Students

Auditions, Placement, Examinations, and Orientation

Every new music student will audition and take placement examinations prior to registering for the first semester. Normally, students are not excluded on the basis of these auditions and examinations, and appropriate leveling work will be assigned as needed.

Former students who have not been enrolled in music courses for more than five years will also audition and take placement examinations.

The School of Church Music and Worship provides an orientation period prior to the beginning of classes for the fall and spring semesters. All new music students at every degree level are required to participate during their first semester. Students entering during the summer session will attend orientation before the following fall semester.

Auditions for our ministry-based ensembles, graduate assistantships, and scholarships occur yearly in the spring and fall months.

Upcoming Audition Dates

Got Questions?

We’re here to answer them. Reach out to our Admissions Team and we’ll be in touch by phone, text, or email.