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About the Conservatory

Biola's Conservatory of Music is a vibrant community of diverse artists. Students, faculty, graduates and friends of the conservatory collaborate on compelling projects and attend and perform in the Concert Series, Music at Noon and other live musical events. Members enjoy a lifetime of professional networking, meaningful friendships and unique opportunities as a result of their experience at the conservatory.

Graduates from the Conservatory of Music are regularly accepted to continue their studies at top graduate schools such as Eastman School of Music, Manhattan School of Music and Peabody Conservatory, to name a few. Others directly enter the workforce and enjoy success as recording artists, music educators, worship leaders and freelance musicians. Notable alumni include Katie Van Kooten, Judith Hill, Hannah Parrott and recent graduate Corinne Penner.


  • Highly experienced, accessible faculty
  • Active calendar of concerts and master classes
  • A multitude of performance opportunities for students
  • Close-knit community
  • Ideal cultural location
  • Classical music studies
  • Commercial music studies
  • Contemporary worship studies
  • Minor in biblical studies (30 credits of Bible and theology)
  • Accredited with the National Association of Schools of Music

Our Goals

  1. To serve as a professional school preparing music specialists for teaching, performance, ministry, graduate study and other careers in music.
  2. To prepare all our graduates for effective contribution to the musical life of the church.
  3. To provide opportunities for all students to study music as an essential part of a liberal education.

The Conservatory is a place where high academic and artistic standards are joined with Christian stewardship of time and talent. The efforts of the Conservatory are directed toward the undergraduate preparation of performing musicians, music industry professionals, teachers of music, composers, music ministers and arts educated generalists. It is our intention that our graduates will compete in the broader performing arts context, will espouse and articulate a Christian world view and will be prepared to serve the Church, in some fashion, locally and abroad.

Our Objectives

  1. To develop in each student a level of performance skill – as both soloist and ensemble member, with emphasis on interpretive ability and familiarity with various western musical styles – commensurate with their talent, degree program and career goals.
  2. To develop in each student a foundation in music theory and composition, aural skills, history and literature.
  3. To develop in each student the ability to write, critically think and articulate ideas about music.
  4. To develop in each student basic keyboard and vocal skills.
  5. To develop in each student an awareness and understanding of music technology appropriate to their primary area of study.
  6. To develop in each student an awareness of music from other cultures.
  7. To develop in each student the ability to integrate faith and learning.

Students performing during the 2015 Christmas concert

Students singing during the 2015 Christmas concert