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Azusa Pacific’s COLLEGE OF THE ARTS is the premiere college on the world stage, creating exceptional artistry and scholarship grounded in faith.

The School of Music

At Azusa Pacific University, students flourish in an environment that supports musical excellence and artistic integrity firmly grounded in Christian faith. APU music students experience a unique blend of academic rigor, experiential learning, and personal support that sets them apart. The inherent confidence that springs from such an education results in relevant and meaningful performance and service opportunities.

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Our Undergraduate Programs:

Our graduate programs: 

College Highlights:

  • Located just 20 minutes from Los Angeles:
    • Students study under professors working in the industry
    • Students participate in industry events such as the Annie Awards, IndieCade Festival, Art Gallery Openings, CTN Animation Expo, and more
    • Students have access to industry internships in all areas of the arts and media
  • APU's School of Music is ranked Top 10 in Music Schools in California  
  • Faith integration throughout every aspect of our programs
  • Access to high-end, industry-standard equipment
  • Our annual Industry Spotlight brings in industry professionals and agents onto a studio lot to experience our student talent

Featured Alumni:

  • Darnell Abraham '09, plays George Washington in Hamilton
  • Jamie Dee Hart '17, talent manager, A&R at Soundcloud
  • Raphaela Lacerda '23, assistant conductor of the San Bernardino Symphony
  • Diego Barbosa-Vasquez '19, cover conductor, Indianapolis Symphony and Nashville Symphony
  • Natalie Buikians '13, music faculty at Cal State Los Angeles
  • Karoline Menezes '13, viola, has performed at the Oscars, with Beyoncé, and on movie scores for Crazy Rich Asians and The Lego Movie
  • Vanderlei Alves '23, clarinet, performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl and the Las Vegas Philharmonic
  • Sukyung Chun '23, principal bassist of the New World Symphony
  • Pola Benke '21, conducted at the Dartington Festival in England and in Japan in 2023
  • Peter Connell ‘07, director, Disneyland Band
  • Erin Duke ‘22, Doctoral Conducting candidate, University of Memphis
  • Matt Murdock ‘02, music director and consultant, Sea World Parks
  • Solomon Encina ‘18, band director, Los Osos High School
  • Miguel Alvarez Diaz ‘22, band director, Pasadena High School
  • Daniel Stockdale ’14, composer for Instinct (CBS), Star (FOX), The Last Ship (TNT), Major Crimes (TNT), The Ice Road (Netflix), and Obi-Wan Kenobi (Disney+)

Apply now for the 2024-2025 academic year by February 15, 2024!

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