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Bachelor of Arts

Students in the Music Degree program at William Jessup University receive a thorough grounding in both traditional and contemporary theory and practice courses. They develop performance skills and acquire new musical proficiencies appropriate to their chosen career path. The Music program provides opportunities for all students to be involved in a wide variety of performance groups who travel regionally to represent Jessup.





The William Jessup University music department provides opportunities for student involvement in musical activities. Participating in a Jessup music group is a great way to make new campus friends, experience excellent musical training, perform, and serve the University.

Music department degrees and concentrations are designed, in agreement with the William Jessup University mission statement, to prepare graduates for leadership positions in the church and society as worship leaders, teachers, performers, ministers of music, accompanists, music industry personnel, and choral or instrumental directors. The curriculum structure, content, and time requirements enable students to develop the range of knowledge, skills, and competencies required for successful careers in the field of music and acceptance into post-graduate degree programs. The curriculum stresses sound musicianship and active musical experience.

  • Ability to perform with excellence as a vocal or instrumental musician.
  • Proficiency in piano.
  • Proficiency in music theory and ear training.
  • Ability to analyze, compose, and arrange music for various vocal and instrumental media.
  • Acquisition of a broad knowledge and aesthetic appreciation of music literature through study and performance.
  • Knowledge of the history of music and worship and its relationship to contemporary society.
  • Familiarity with non-western music and musical forms.
  • Ability to develop and lead an effective music ministry, program or business based on sound biblical and educational principles.


Commercial Music
Music Composition
General Music
Music Education

Program Courses
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Interested in auditioning for the upcoming semester?

Music auditions take place year-round during normal business hours (Monday-Friday). If you are interested in auditioning or would like more information about music scholarships, please contact Lauren Horst at or 916-577-8093

University Choir & Orchestra
The William Jessup University Choir & Orchestra, under the direction of Tom Ruscica, performs the best of choral literature to audiences all over Placer County. Each year the group records a full length album and performs at a variety of venues including Jessup events and concerts and local area churches, as well as seasonal concerts. The University Choir & Orchestra is open by audition to all Jessup students and may be repeated for credit.

Jessup Concert Choir
The Jessup Concert Choir performs a variety of choral literature, including contemporary Christian choral anthems, worship songs, and gospel music. This choir performs in Placer County at local churches, as well as seasonal concerts. The Jessup Concert Choir is open by audition to all Jessup students and may be repeated for credit. 

Master Works Chorale
Master Works Chorale provides students with performance group experience centered in traditional choral repertoire. The group emphasis is on rehearsal and performance of works drawn from the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Contemporary periods of music. The Master Works Chorale is open to all William Jessup University students regardless of major. The Chorale performs approximately three times each semester.

Jessup Jazz Band
The Jessup Jazz Band performs a variety of jazz repertoire and is designed to expose students to the best of jazz ensemble literature. This ensemble contributes to the campus and general communities through artistic and spiritual expression. Students are taught techniques unique to jazz, improvisation, and sight-reading. Included in the repertoire are jazz standards, Latin jazz, swing, soul jazz, and blues. The Jessup Jazz Band is open by audition to all Jessup instrumentalists and may be repeated for credit.

Jessup Chamber Orchestra
Jessup Chamber Orchestra performs a variety of chamber repertoire from all eras of classical music, but focusing on Baroque and Classical timeframes. This ensemble contributes to the campus and general communities through artistic and spiritual expression. Students are taught techniques in sight reading, expression, phrasing, and dynamics as it pertains to classical repertoire. The Jessup Chamber Orchestra is open by audition to all Jessup chamber instrumentalists and may be repeated for credit.

Current groups include a performance repertoire of jazz, gospel, R&B, a cappella, and worship. Groups are formed based on current student abilities and giftings, and auditions are held each spring for the following year. Crossroads travels the Northern California area throughout the school year, leading worship and performing original songs and arrangements for various churches, high schools, and community events.

Music students find themselves in the concert hall, recording studio, and on tour buses, learning valuable skills in performance, live-sound production, and recording with industry professionals at Skywalker Sound, located at George Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch. – Tom Ruscica


Elizabeth Stanley, DMA

Professor - School of Humanities & the Arts - Visual & Performing Arts Division

Tom Ruscica, M.A.

Associate Dean, School of Humanities & the Arts, Associate Professor - Music


Brittany Cody-Bays

Adjunct, Music


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