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Messiah 2019

News & Events

Our Music At BJU Calendar provides a comprehensive listing of recitals and concerts throughout the year. We are also pleased to offer a livestream channel of select Division of Music concerts throughout the year.


Music Alumna Lori Lane Named BJU Alumnus of the Year

Lori Lane was awarded as the BJU Alumnus of the Year on October 8, 2021. Lori graduated from BJU in 1984 with a degree in piano performance. She began homeschooling her children in 1993 and then founded Artios Academies in Georgia in 1998. Artios is a nation-wide homeschool partnership that focuses on history, literature/grammar/composition, art, music and theater. There are Artios campuses in Castle Rock, Colorado; Greenville, South Carolina; Gwinnett, Georgia; Sugar Hill, Georgia; and West Michigan. 

Learn more about Lori's story here.

Artists in Residence: Kaufman and Holdridge Deliver Artistry, Advice

Grammy award-winning conductor Richard Kaufman returned to BJU September 30 - October 7 for an action-packed teaching and conducting residency culminating in a performance with the BJUSO and Chorale for the annual Homecoming Artist Series Concert. Joining Kaufman for this residency was world-renown composer Lee Holdridge, whose music was featured on the concert.

Holdridge and Kaufman shared advice and guidance from their years of experience in the music and film industry as they worked closely with music and cinema students throughout the week of masterclasses, seminars, and rehearsals. Learn more about their residency here.


Student Opera Performance Wins Second Place in The American Prize

On September 10, 2021, our March 2020 performance of Così fan tutte: Dreaming & Scheming was named Second Place Winner in The American Prize in Opera Performance - College/University Division (Smaller Programs). With an all-student cast and crew, this fully staged opera production was a collaborative effort of the Division of Music, the Theatre Department, and the Division of Art & Design from start to finish. Designed and directed by Mr. Jeffrey Stegall with art direction by Mr. Jay Bopp. Conducted by Dr. Michael Moore, assisted by Dr. Shellie Beeman.

Learn more about The American Prize here.

Megan Stapleton to Join Voice Faculty

Dr. Megan Stapleton will join the Bob Jones University faculty this fall as an assistant professor in the Vocal Studies Department of the Division of Music, School of Fine Arts and Communication. She will teach applied voice as well as courses in voice literature, vocal pedagogy, and music for the stage.

Stapleton holds degrees with honors from The University of North Texas (Doctor of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance with a related field in Vocal Pedagogy), New England Conservatory (Master of Music in Vocal Performance), and Sam Houston State University (Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance). While working on her DMA, she taught applied voice lessons and voice methods classes at UNT and was a protege of Dr. Stephen F. Austin. She most recently served as a Teaching Artist in Residence at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Read more about Dr. Stapleton's appointment here

Beloved Faculty Couple to Retire

Warren and Jean Cook will retire from the Division of Music this year after a combined total of 85 years of service. Learn more about these wonderful servants and their legacy of choral excellence here.


Andrew and Stephanie Huish to Join Music Faculty

We are thrilled to announce that Andrew and Stephanie Huish will join the Bob Jones University music faculty this fall. Andrew, an assistant professor, will assume the role of Director of Choral Activities. His wife, Stephanie, will serve as adjunct keyboard faculty and collaborative pianist in the Choral Activities Department. Learn more about this talented couple here

Concerts and Recitals Now Open to Public

We are pleased to announce that our concerts and recitals are now open to the public. Tickets may be obtained at Audience members are reminded to wear masks during performances and observe physical distancing protocols per university policy. In our larger venues (FMA and Rodeheaver), ushers will direct our off-campus guests to be seated in sections separate from students. For events in smaller venues where separate seating is not feasible (Stratton Hall and War Memorial Chapel), temperature checks will be required for entry.

Behind the Scenes: A Tale of Two Cities

We went to great lengths, literally, to pull off A Tale of Two Cities: The Musical. With COVID protocols preventing the use of the orchestra pit in Rodeheaver Auditorium, conductor Dr. Michael Moore moved the 34-piece student orchestra off site. Learn more here.


SCETV to Air Handel's Messiah

On Wednesday, December 24, 2020 at 8:30pm EST, South Carolina Educational Television will air a performance of selections from Handel's Messiah performed by the BJU Symphony Orchestra, choirs, and solists under the direction of Warren Cook. 

SCETV is also making this performance available for viewing on demand.

We trust our community of students, friends, alumni, and their families will tune in, share, and enjoy this Christmas gift from Music at BJU!

Annual High School Arts Festival Goes Virtual

Our 48th annual High School Festival will be held this fall but with a twist because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Submissions will be made online, which opens the event to many who even under normal circumstances wouldn’t be able to participate.

“We are excited that our annual High School Festival will be able to pivot to this virtual format to allow students to participate and to hone their talents,” said Dr. Darren Lawson, dean of the School of Fine Arts & Communication. “This new format will also allow expanded opportunities for participation from schools and individuals who have been too far to travel to Greenville in the past.”

Learn more about the competition here.


Students Advance in SC-NATS Competition

Four students from our Vocal Studies Department competed recently at the National Assocition of Teachers of Singing Musical Theatre Auditions for South Carolina. All four advanced to the regional competition: Hannah Allen—First Year College Women, Heather Spencer—Second Year College Women, Andrea Lawrence—Third Year College Women, Megan King—Fourth Year College Women. BJU alum Levi Myers (BME '20) also advanced to regionals. Congratulations to these students and their professors, Dr. Shellie Beeman and Mrs. Nikki Eoute!

Division of Music Launches New Livestream Channel

With most events on our campus are closed to the public for now, the Division of Music has launched Music At BJU Live. Select concerts featuring choir, band, and orchestra performances will be available for viewing free of charge on the new livestream channel. 

BJU's Titanic: The Musical Takes Top Honors

Bob Jones University’s presentation of Titanic: The Musical has been voted the winner of The American Prize in Musical Theater Performance for 2019–20. Dr. Darren Lawson, dean of the School of Fine Arts & Communication, was the stage director. Dr. Michael Moore, division of music chair in the School of Fine Arts & Communication, conducted the orchestra, Jeffrey Stegall designed the sets and lighting was designed by Richard Streeter. Cast members included BJU students, faculty and staff in addition to guest artists. Learn more about the production and prize here.

Division of Music turns to technology during quarantine

For many students, faculty, and alumni, the music hasn't stopped, just changed venues. From navigating a successful pivot to online instruction to producing a heart-warming virtual choir and orchestra video, the Music At BJU community has been making and sharing music in new ways and with new audiences. Learn more here.

BJU to Present Mozart's Cosi fan tutte

The BJU Division of Music, Theatre Department, and Division of Art & Design are pleased to present Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's comic opera, Così fan tutte: Dreaming & Scheming, March 13 and 14, 2020 in Rodeheaver Auditorium. The all-student cast production is designed and directed by Mr. Jeffrey Stegall with art direction by Mr. Jay Bopp. Dr. Michael Moore conducts.

Tickets may be purchased online at or by phone at (864) 770-1372.

Learn more about the production here: 'I Love Lucy' Meets Mozart in Student Opera

BJU Vocal Studies Department has Strong Showing at SC-NATS Classical Auditions

Several students from our Vocal Studies Department competed recently at the National Assocition of Teachers of Singing Classical Auditions for South Carolina. The following students have advanced to the regional competition: Heather Spencer, Rachel Stoner, Taylor Worley, Andrew Barr, Johnathan Swaffer, Caleb Wutzke, Caleb Felber, David Ritschard, Joy Herr, Victoria Richards, Marianne Freeman, and Sarah Harris. In addition, Taylor Worley won first place in the Second Year Classical Women category and was invited to perform on the honors recital. Congratulations to these students and their professors, Dr. Shellie Beeman, Mrs. Laura Brundage, Dr. David Parker, and Mrs. Amy Johnson!

BJU Students Named to Intercollegiate Honor Band

Each year the South Carolina chapter of the College Band Directors National Association assembles an honor band of the state’s finest college players to perform in a weekend wind band clinic with a internationally renowned conductor. This year 11 BJU students were nominated and accepted; as a result of seating auditions four were named principal chair of their respective sections: Andrea Bell on flute, Matt Phillips on trumpet, Aaron Fox on French horn, and Nathan Gardner on trombone. Other BJU students earning chairs in the honor band were Jesse Boyd, Annie Castilla, Ashton Downs, Natalie Greiner, Katherine Knisley, Daniel Leedy, and AJ Steenhoek.

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BJU Combined Choirs and Orchestra present Handel's Messiah

Bob Jones University Division of Music will present Handel’s Messiah, Dec. 12 – 13, at 7:30 p.m. in Rodeheaver Auditorium.

Under the direction of Dr. Warren Cook, the BJU Symphony Orchestra will accompany over 200 singers from four University choirs. Soloists include Laura Brundage, Division of Music faculty—soprano; Marianne Freeman, senior student—alto; Jason Rush, 2010 music graduate —tenor; and Dr. David Parker, Division of Music faculty—bass.

The two performances will be presented in memory and honor of Dr. Dwight Gustafson, dean of BJU’s School of Fine Arts for over 40 years, and his wife, Gwen, former music faculty. The new Dwight and Gwen Gustafson Music Scholarship Endowment was established earlier this year to provide scholarships to students enrolled in the Division of Music.

Learn more here.

SC-ETV to air Very Merry Christmas concert

The Division of Music At BJU is pleased to announce that South Carolina Educational Television will air "A Very Merry Christmas" on statewide public television as follows:

The televised concert features the Bob Jones University Symphony Orchestra and Combined Choirs along with several guest artists, including David Kim, concertmaster of The Philadelphia Orchestra. The concert will also be available for viewing at through New Year's Day.

We trust our community of students, friends, alumni, and their families will tune in and enjoy this Christmas gift from Music At BJU! 

Armenian Genocide commemoration concert now available on YouTube

The complete concert program, Panosian and the Providence of His Story, is now available for viewing on YouTube. The 2019 Bob Jones University Homecoming Concert traces the hand of Providence through story and song in a one-of-a-kind multimedia concert experience telling a tale of remembrance, resilience, and redemption in the lives of two families affected by the Armenian Genocide (1915-1920). Dr. Ed Panosian, beloved history professor at BJU for over five decades, and singer/songwriter Mariam Matossian together share an unforgettably heart-warming story of perseverance in persecution, divine protection, and the fragile but flourishing culture of a people preserved. 

Division of Music hosts annual High School Festival and Competition

On Nov. 4–7, BJU hosted the 47th annual High School Festival & Preaching and Teaching Conference. Teens in grades 9–12 participated in individual or group contests. The week is packed with performances, concerts and the BJU experience. With 10 individual and nine group events, Music is the biggest division of High School Festival. Instrumentalists and vocalists compete in both types of events. Learn more about the festival and side-by-side ensemble experiences offered here.

Warren Cook Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

The South Carolina chapter of the American Choral Directors Association (SC ACDA) presented Dr. Warren Cook, director of choral activities at Bob Jones University, with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Fall Conference held at Charleston Southern University on Oct. 11. The Lifetime Achievement Award is “presented each year by the South Carolina chapter of the ACDA to a choral director working in South Carolina who has made a significant impact on the field of choral music in South Carolina over the course of their career.” Learn more about the award and Dr. Cook's contributions to choral artistry here

2019 Homecoming Concert to Feature Armenian Singer Mariam Matossian

Bob Jones University will present Panosian and the Providence of His Story at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 10, in Founder’s Memorial Amphitorium. The multifaceted program combines the personal story of longtime BJU history professor Dr. Ed Panosian, whose family was forced to flee the Armenian Genocide (1915-1920), with the vocal artistry of Mariam Matossian, a local singer and songwriter with Armenian roots. Matossian will be accompanied by a small band of musicians playing traditional Armenian instruments and by the BJU Symphony Orchestra. Learn more about the program here

Students Awarded Music Scholarships for 2019

The Bob Jones University Division of Music recently awarded 12 music students 2019 Gingery-Mack Music Scholarships which provide merit-based financial aid and study opportunities with master teachers. Those same students, along with three additional new music students, also received scholarship awards from the BJU Music Scholarship Fund. Both of these scholarship funds provide financial aid to student musicians who are committed to cultivating, refining, and applying their musical gifts for the glory of God and the good of others. Learn more here.

Division of Music Launches Gustafson Endowment

The Bob Jones University Division of Music announced today the launch of the Dwight and Gwen Gustafson Music Scholarship Endowment that will provide merit scholarships to students enrolled in academic programs and ensembles in the BJU Division of Music. Dr. Dwight Gustafson served on the BJU faculty and staff for 45 years, including 43 as dean of the School of Fine Arts. A gifted administrator, he was also a composer, conductor, actor and author. He retired in 1997. Gwen Gustafson taught as a member of the music faculty 34 years, retiring in 2000. Learn more about the Gustafsons, the founding donors, and how to contribute here.

Michael Moore Named Winner of The American Prize

Dr. Michael Moore was named first place winner for The American Prize in Conducting: College/University Division for Opera in 2018-2019. In consideration for the award, Moore submitted the University’s production of the tragic opera Lucia Di Lammermoor which he conducted in 2018. Learn more here.

Music Education Program Achieves Recognition

Congratulations to our Department of Music Education and Dr. Pattye Casarow, department head, on once again achieving State Recognition of Program Approval for the undergraduate music education degree. The recognition is based on an accreditation process that occurs on a 5- to 7-year cycle.
From the accreditation report: "The data indicates that the BJU Music Education candidates perform at a substantially higher level than that which is required. Secondly, the survey data from mentor teachers indicates that the student teachers are perceived to have a strong academic preparation for their teaching... The assessment data strongly suggest that candidates have positive effect on K-12 learning."

Registration open for Music Educamps

Registration is open for our Summer 2019 Junior and Senior music Educamps. These week-long camps feature a variety of fun, faculty-led rehearsals, lessons, and activities designed for student musicians in 4th through 12th grade. A limited number of scholarships are available for students who play certain instruments. Contact for information.

Rivertree Singers & Friends to Present Brahms German Requiem at BJU

The BJU Division of Music is pleased to host the fifth annual Rivertree Singers & Friends Choral Festival, June 20-22, 2019. The festival will culminate in a performance of the Brahms German Requiem under the direction of Dr. Warren Cook on Saturday, June 22, at 7:30pm in Rodeheaver Auditorium. Learn more here.

New Community Music Program to Launch Fall 2019

BJU’s Division of Music announced today a partnership with Piano Central Studios to expand pre-college music lesson offerings to serve not only BJA’s students but also the broader upstate community. The new community music program, called PCS Music Artistry at BJU, will begin enrolling students this summer for Fall 2019.

Vintage Dedicated to Dan Turner

The BJU yearbook staff announced today the dedication of the 2019 Vintage to Dr. Dan Turner, who is retiring as director of bands after the 2018–19 academic year. Learn more here.

Bruce Cox Named Director of Bands

The Bob Jones University Division of Music announced today that Dr. Bruce Cox will assume the role of director of bands and conductor of the Symphonic Wind Band beginning in the 2019–2020 academic year. Learn more here.

Music At BJU in Brevard Music Center's Overture Magazine

Look for Music At BJU on the back cover of this season's edition of Overture, the program guide for the Brevard Music Center Summer Festival. The ad features photos of visting artist David Kim and our choirs and symphony orchestra performing Dan Forrest's Jubilate Deo at Chicago's Orchestra Hall, information about our academic programs, and highlights of our upcoming season. We are thrilled to support the 2019 BMC Summer Festival this year!

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