School of Music

Globalization and technology have recently challenged the way we listen to, perform, teach, create and engage music. The School of Music has embraced this challenge by instilling in our students and faculty a commitment to excellence in music making as we prepare student musicians for the church, society and the world.

The School of Music at Cairn University is a center for imagination, innovation and excitement in the diverse world of music. Our world-class faculty and inspired students form a community that breathes out creativity and encourages each other to excel in the exploration in music. We have a team of faculty that cares deeply for the Christian well-being and nurture of their students both musically and spiritually. We are looking for students who want to be educators, performers and worship leaders to walk a different path in music with us.  Join us.

Students in musical performance
Undergrad Programs

The Performance major offers a conservatory program within a dynamic, Christ-centered university experience. Taught by faculty with expertise in both musicianship and instruction, students are offered diverse opportunities to perform both on campus and throughout the Philadelphia region. University ensembles include the symphony orchestra, wind ensemble, chorale, and opera theatre. In addition to classes, on-campus learning opportunities include master classes, studio classes, chamber ensembles, and the David Kim Orchestral Institute of Cairn University. Located 30 minutes from Philadelphia and just over an hour from NYC, the University has easy proximity to the region’s world class performances.


The Music Education major offers a nurturing environment preparing future music instructors to teach anything, anywhere. Graduates are prepared for certification through the state of Pennsylvania and the Association of Christian Schools International. Professors are extremely active in the music education field regionally, nationally, and internationally, resulting in a broad network of student teaching opportunities.


The Worship and Music program prepares students to lead worship in any context. Ideal for those inspired to push beyond their comfort zone, the jazz-based curriculum includes diverse electives ranging from songwriting to worship band arranging to world music. With an emphasis on technology and production, students are prepared for internships in a variety of positions and organizations, including local churches, conferences, and camps. Students also have diverse opportunities to minister through music, whether leading the student body through campus worship bands or ministering in various states and countries through University touring ensembles. Faculty members are worship leaders serving throughout the Philadelphia region. A curriculum centered on Christ and His Word prepares musicians for ministry and leadership positions in the church through gospel-centered theological training.


The Composition major prepares students with the foundation for a life in composition. With an orchestration focus, students prepare music to be performed by various campus ensembles, as well as in a capstone senior recital.


The BA degree in Music program features an interdisciplinary curriculum for students with a diversity of musical interests. Students have great flexibility in the personal shaping of the program, including a wide variety of electives and a personalized senior project.


Students at Cairn have the opportunity to earn a minor along with their bachelor’s degree. Students can add a minor from the School of Music regardless of their major. In some majors, students can add a minor without adding credits to their program, but most professional programs require the addition of credits to existing program requirements. Speak to your admissions counselor for more information.

View our full list of minors

Caitlin Williams

Whatever musical directions you choose, Cairn’s music programs really focus on educating people to be biblically minded and versatile in the professional world, helping students understand what it takes to make it in the world of music.

Caitlin W. ’17 BA in Music, Voice

School of Music Faculty

Keyboard Studies

Kenneth Borrmann / Chair, Keyboard Studies
Benjamin Harding / Piano
Hilary OrlandoOrgan

Instrumental Studies

Brian Brown / Tuba
Thomas Elliott / Trombone
Alex Schmauk / Trumpet

David Kim / Professor, Violin Studies 
Eric Jones / Cello
Rachel Ku
Bliss Michelson / Double Bass
Natalie RudoiViolin

Cheryl Cunningham

Joshua Stamper

John Bullard

Margaret ClaudinFlute
Terrence Belzer/ Oboe
John FrazierClarinet
Lori MarinoBassoon
Marshall Taylor Saxophone

Steven Machau
William Priebe

Composition Studies

Ryan Carson
Peter Hilliard
Ron Thomas

Ensemble Conductors

Rebecca Benjamin / Chapel Worship Team
Kenneth Borrmann / Handbell Choir
Steven Condy / Opera Theater
Ruth Naomi Floyd / Gospel Choir
Gail Lee / Symphony Orchestra
Steven McCollum / Chorale and Chamber Singers
Joshua Stamper / Jazz Ensemble and Chapel Worship Team
Heidi Wolfskill / Wind Ensemble

Music Education

Debbie Lynn Wolf / Chair, Music Education
Roger Cocking
David Kramer
Scott Watson

Music Theory and History

Benjamin Harding / Dean, School of Music; Music History 
Suzanne Schmidt
Music Theory
Joshua Stamper / Jazz Theory
Virginia Whitney / Music Theory & Ethnomusicology

Worship and Music

Benjamin Harding
Graeme Burgan

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