CertificationDirector of Parish Music

Earning a certification as a Director of Parish Music (DPM) involves studying music of all forms and times while drawing on the rich liturgical tradition of the Lutheran church in the leadership and enhancement of the worship of the church. You’ll take 71 to 73 credit hours to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree with a Director of Parish Music certification by majoring in Church Music, minoring in Lutheran Theology and completing two Christian Ministry courses. It will be a relevant certification if you’re seeking to serve in The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod in music.

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Director of Parish Music Curriculum Overview

A certified Director of Parish Music must complete the Church Music Major as well as a minor in Lutheran Theology. With several tracks available, the Director of Parish Music certification at Concordia allows students to pursue music ministry in the area that best suits their interests and talents.

Meet Your Professors

Dr. David Mennicke Professor of Music, Director of Choral Studies, Music Department Chair

Dr. Mennicke's teaching expertise covers choral conducting, voice training, music education, church music, musical theatre, and music arranging.

Dr. Rhoda Schuler Term Faculty in Religion

Dr. Schuler’s research passions are liturgical theology and ritual studies, which she views as more than academic disciplines.

Monica Murray Associate Professor of Music

Dr. Murray is an active performer in the Twin Cities.

Shari Speer Term Faculty in Music

Shari is professor of voice at Concordia, where she maintains an active voice studio, teaches class voice, diction, opera workshop and conducts the Jubilate Choir.

Career Potential

  • Director of Parish Music
  • Teacher
  • Deaconess
  • Director of Christian Education
  • Worship Coordinator
  • Church Musician
  • Pastor
  • Lay Minister
  • Missionary
  • Church Administration
Student Success Stories Hannah Bjornstad ’18 - Director of Parish Music

"At Concordia, my faith grew right away - I found a community that cannot be replaced or found anywhere else."

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