Department of Music

MUSIC HONORS WEEKEND: Up to $24,000 in scholarship assistance for prospective music majors

MUSIC HONORS WEEKEND Friday, December 1st - Saturday, December 2nd, 2017

Prospective music majors: you may qualify for up to $24,000 in scholarship assistance, renewable for four years, through a combination of academic scholarships and a music department scholarship for declared music department majors.

Read all about it here.

About Music at PLNU

Studying music fosters intellectual, spiritual, and creative growth, both individual and corporate. In the Department of Music, you'll pursue musical excellence within a community of grace. We develop leaders in education, composition, performance, and worship.

Music majors have opportunities to travel and perform around the United States and the world. But even performing on your own campus is world-class, as the highly sought-after Crill Hall has been noted as one of the finest performance halls in San Diego.

We want to hear from you. Tell us how you want music to fit into your life! Fill out a music department information form here.

Get Involved

We offer a full range of performing ensembles, including Choral Union, Concert Choir, Point Loma Singers, Chorale, Vocal Jazz Ensemble, String Quartet, Concert Band, Jazz Band, and Chamber Orchestra. Each music major participates in at least one of these groups.  Many PLNU music majors also participate in chapel band, worship bands, and Summer Ministry Teams organized through the Spiritual Development department. Music-related student clubs on campus include Pointless, an a cappella male vocal ensemble; Key of Sea, a women's a cappella vocal ensemble; Musical Theater Club; and Point Loma Opera Theater.

Private Music Lessons

Music majors and music scholarship holders take private music lessons in their primary performance area from our music department professors or one of our respected adjunct instructors. Non-music majors who do not hold scholarship awards in music may also take music lessons from our instructors, subject to available studio space and with the approval of the instructor. The private music lesson fee, which music scholarship awards are intended in part to cover,  are currently $410/semester for 1 unit (one 30-minute lesson per week) or $810/semester for 2 units (one 1-hour lesson per week).  A practice room fee of $25 is assessed for 1 unit (30 minutes/day practice time), $50 for 2 units (1 hour/day practice time).  

Academic Programs >

Performance - Bachelor of Music
Composition - Bachelor of Music
Music Education - Bachelor of Arts
Music and Ministry - Bachelor of Arts
Music - Bachelor of Arts
Music Minor


Josh Miller is just one alumnus out of many in PLNU's Department of Music who are successful, passionate, and knowledgeable.

Music Events

PLNU Department of Music presents music events featuring resident artists and guest performers throughout the academic year.  


Music Department Handbook

Music Department Handbook revised Fall 2016


More Information

Want to talk to someone about how a PLNU music degree can fit in your life? Click  here to fill out a Music Department information form.


Current PLNU voice students as well as recent graduates continue to garner professional accolades in opera and theater companies in San Diego County. Among our luminaries:

Will Ah Sing (B.A., Music, Fall 2016) O.B.  Theatre Company, Avenue Q, music director.

Kiana Bell (B.A., Music, 2015) Lamb’s Players Theater, Ragtime (Sarah’s friend), American Rhythm (ensemble);  Cygnet Theater Hair (ensemble); San Diego Opera Opera Exposed: La Cenerentola (Angelina);

Jack French (B.A., Music, in progress) Intrepid Theater Company, Woody Guthrie’s American Song (Young Woody Guthrie); San Diego Opera Opera Exposed: La Cenerentola (Dandini); New Village Arts theater, Oklahoma! (Curley)

Kelsey Kammeraad (B.A., Music, 2015) San Diego Opera Opera Exposed: La Cenerentola (Tisbe)

McKenna Slack (B.A., Music, in progress) San Diego Opera Opera Exposed: La Cenerentola (Clorinda)

Reno Wilson (B.A., Music, 2016) Opera Neo, Carmen (Morales); San Diego Opera Opera Exposed: La Cenerentola (Alidoro)

Krista Wilford (B.A., Music, 2015) Vanguard Theater Company (April); Coronado Playhouse A Little Night Music (Anne Egerman); City Opera Queen of Carthage (Dido and Aeneas) (Belinda); San Diego Opera Opera Exposed: La Cenerentola (Clorinda)