How do you know if Huntington University is the right place for you?
The Huntington model of an extremely comprehensive music department within a Christian liberal arts college is a viable choice for the Christian musician. The diversity and complexity of our curriculum and the variety of our degree programs and majors makes us competitive with any other accredited music institution.
The old adage says, “Never judge a book by its cover.” In the same way, never judge a college or a music school by its brochure or web page! We strongly encourage you to visit our beautiful campus where we know you will enjoy our tree-lined paths, tranquil Lake Sno-tip, modern residence halls, thoroughly equipped physical education complex, tennis courts and soccer fields, and many other things that make our campus aesthetically fulfilling for the eyes and the heart.
Attend a chapel service, convocation, or a class
Huntington University is, above all, a community of faith. Faculty, staff, and students worship together in a variety of campus and community services each week and are dedicated to the integration of faith and learning. If you attend a biology or math class, don’t be surprised if you hear an emotional debate or discussion of Scripture. Theology and the search for discernment of biblical truth pervades every class and every thing we do.
What can you expect?
- A community of students chosen for their superior musicianship, academic strength and faith, who bring both intelligence and artistic intuition to their studies
- A spirit of collaboration across the arts and, indeed, across the liberal arts curriculum, with students and faculty regularly exploring opportunities to challenge intellectual boundaries
- A genuine commitment to the whole person in mind, body, and spirit
- Ready access to the lively arts communities of Fort Wayne and Indianapolis, including the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, the Indianapolis Symphony, the Fort Wayne Ballet, the Indianapolis Opera, and numerous theatre companies and art galleries
- Enough competitiveness to motivate but not enough to discourage – friends and colleagues that appreciate and share one another’s success
- A global caring community – a Christian worldview – vision – adventure – focus – congeniality - camaraderie – loving support – friendship - honor
- Academically challenging and aesthetically stimulating majors in performance, music education, church music, and music business
- Abundant performance and creative opportunities of the highest quality that bring coherence and synthesis to musical learning
- Daily encounters with distinguished artist faculty who are not only active performers and practitioners of their art, but who are pioneers dedicated to the advancement of musical knowledge and who are eager to share their experience with young people
- Special programs that actively engage and develop the imagination – a perception of the world revealed in a way unique to artists and performers
- Continuous exposure to nationally and internationally renowned artists and experts through guest lectures, concerts, and masterclasses
- Numerous opportunities for off-campus study and study abroad including the CCCU Contemporary Music Semester Institute on Martha’s Vineyard
- Individual Advising sessions with the faculty every semester and a reasonable expectation of finishing any degree program in 4 years
- A comprehensive program of career exploration through teaching placements and internships
- A music program that is constantly growing, recreating, and searching for relevance – one that looks to the future as it builds on a strong tradition
- Accompanists provided for all applied students at no extra fee
A state-of-the-art visual and performing arts facility in the Merillat Centre for the Arts
- Large auditorium with a 36-ft. proscenium stage, 16-ft. fly rails, a fully-equipped scene shop, full sound, lighting, and projection capabilities
- Small and intimate recital hall
- Ensemble rehearsal rooms
- Individual student practice rooms
- Studio black-box theatre
- Secure instrument storage lockers
- Music library and reference room
- Computer lab
- Digital piano laboratory with the latest Yamaha Clavinova keyboards
- Christian radio station
- 9 Ft. Steinway and Yamaha concert grand pianos
- 7 Ft. Steinway rehearsal piano
- 6 Ft. Mason and Hamblin rehearsal piano
- Seven 5 Ft. Kawaii rehearsal and studio pianos
- Two 5 Ft. Yamaha studio pianos
- Numerous Yamaha uprights
- 5 Octave Müsser rosewood concert Marimba
- Five octaves of Schulmmerich handbells and hand chimes
- Many other top-of-the-line school owned instruments
Am I good enough?
Musicians and artists, especially performers, probably second-guess themselves more than anyone else on earth and it’s true that there is always someone who sings more beautifully, plays the piano with more fire and technical dexterity, sat first chair all-state trumpet since he was in the fifth grade, or won every violin competition in the state during her senior year. But Christian musicianship is not about competition or who’s better than who. God calls everyone to whom He has given talent to become skilled musicians. The Huntington University Music Department, as all music schools, recognizes and rewards superior talent and musicianship, but no one with sufficient talent, determination, and experience is turned away. Granted, some students come to their college auditions with 12 or more years of private study, various awards, and varying school ensemble experiences. The music faculty at Huntington is primarily interested in potential for success in a music career and the students’ love of their art, their willingness to commit themselves to diligent study, and their desire to use their gifts for the glory of God. All auditionees are judged by these criteria.
If, through the audition process, it comes to our attention that you do not have any advanced skills to bring to your music pursuits, you may be placed on a provisional status for the first year. This grants you full privileges as a music major yet indicates that the level of your accomplishments must be at or above a certain standard for you to continue. We do this to enhance your opportunity for success by providing you with the best incentives for succeeding in your chosen field.
If You are Transferring
It is possible to receive credit for work done at other colleges and universities. The procedure is:
- Obtain a transcript and course catalog from the institution you have been attending and have them sent to the Registrar at Huntington.
- The Registrar, along with the Music Department Chair, will determine what credits are transferable.
- Meet with the Music Department Chair to review what credits are yet needed to graduate from Huntington
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