Bryan College Worship & Performing Arts Program

Worship & Performing Arts Program

Here at Bryan College, we prepare you to succeed in the arts through exploration, practice, and one-on-one interactions with our expert faculty. We provide tools for you to develop your craft as well as many opportunities for public performance. Our three main areas include Music, Theatre, and Worship Arts. In each area, you will find caring faculty and a community-like atmosphere of support and encouragement as you develop a Christian worldview within the arts. 
 
In the Worship and Performing Arts department at Bryan College, you will find many majors to fit your desired career goals. Are you interested in leading worship at a church? Check out the Worship Arts major. Do you want to be a singer/songwriter or work in music technology? Look for a B.S. degree in Contemporary Music. Have you thought about opening a piano studio and teaching? Consider the B.S. in Piano Pedagogy. Have you always wanted to work as an actor? We have an excellent Theatre major. Other programs include Music Performance, Music Education, Church Music, or a general Music degree which pairs well with a double major. Come visit our department and see what makes our programs so unique! 
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Music (B.A.)

Bachelor of Arts   |   Major

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Theatre (B.S.)

Bachelor of Science   |   Major

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field of study:Worship & Performing Arts

Worship Arts (B.S.)

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field of study:Worship & Performing Arts

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What sets our Worship & Performing Arts Program apart?

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Students in the Music program are thoroughly trained in both the theoretical and practical aspects of music–within the context of a biblical worldview– in order to use their talents for performing and teaching. This degree provides professional preparation for a career in piano instruction, as well as a foundation for life-long learning experiences in music. 

As a Theatre major at a smaller school, you will get far more firsthand experience with productions, whether that means being cast in several roles as an actor or being able to work as an assistant director, customer, or designer for a show. The main stage Hilltop Players productions we select at Bryan offer you the opportunity to get involved and grow as an artist in a way that larger programs are simply unable to provide.

The Bachelor of Science in Worship Arts prepares students to be well-rounded and equipped for a variety of ministry settings, with a focus on robust and holistic worship in the experience of the contemporary church.

A Music degree has prepared students with a blended study of music with communications, psychology, and business in order to access a variety of career opportunities.

Church Music graduates are teaching music in public and private schools, while others are serving churches as worship leaders or choir directors. Still, more have exciting careers outside the music field while using music to enrich their lives and the lives of others.

Contemporary Music graduates are teaching music in public and private schools, while others are serving churches as worship leaders or choir directors. Others are employed in the music industry, including some with strong performance abilities who are singing and playing all over the world. Still, more have exciting careers outside the music field while using music to enrich their lives and the lives of others.

Musical Theatre graduates are teaching music and drama in public and private schools, while others are serving their communities in local and regional theaters. Others with strong performance abilities are singing and playing all over the world. Still, more have exciting careers outside the music field while using music to enrich their lives and the lives of others.

Music Education graduates are teaching music in public and private schools, while others are serving churches as worship leaders or choir directors. Others with strong performance abilities are singing and playing all over the world. Still, more have exciting careers outside the music field while using music to enrich their lives and the lives of others.

Music Performance graduates are teaching music in public and private schools, while others are serving churches as worship leaders or choir directors. Others are employed in the music industry, including some with strong performance abilities who are singing and playing all over the world. Some are receiving advanced degrees in fields like music therapy. Still, more have exciting careers outside the music field while using music to enrich their lives and the lives of others.

Piano Pedagogy graduates are teaching music in public and private schools, while others are serving churches as worship leaders or choir directors. Others are employed in the music industry, including some with strong performance abilities who are singing and playing all over the world. Still, more have exciting careers outside the music field while using music to enrich their lives and the lives of others. 

All of the traits and skills learned by theatre students will be extremely valuable to prospective employers in any field. A Theatre degree can lead to a variety of careers both in and out of the theatre, including:
Commercial, regional, and dinner theatre; TV/film studios; industrial shows; church drama; touring companies; Summerstock companies; children’s theatre; education; sports announcing; advertising; public & media relations; human resources; and business, media, and political consulting

Performing Arts Scholarship

Area(s) of Study: Music, Theater, Worship Arts

AMOUNT: Amount Varies

RENEWABLE: Yes

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Music or Worship Arts:

  • Showcase your skills! Prepare up to 15 minutes of music to share with our faculty audition panel that best represents you as an artist, wearing clothes that make you feel confident! We would appreciate hearing a variety of styles if possible. 
  • Contact us! Reach out to us via email at music@bryan.edu or call 423-775-7498 if you have specific questions about auditions, our programs, or available scholarships. We are here for you! 
  • Need an accompanist? We can provide a professional accompanist for your audition at no cost if you request and send the music at least 3 weeks in advance. If you’d rather play solo, that’s fine too! 

Theatre:

  • Short & Personalized! Please prepare the following to share with our faculty audition panel that best represents you as an artist, and do it wearing clothes that make you feel confident! Two 60-second monologues (one humorous and one serious). If singing, one  60 seconds selection from a Broadway-style song. 
  • Contact us! Reach out to us via email at music@bryan.edu or call 423-775-7498 if you have specific questions about auditions, our programs, or available scholarships. We are here for you! 
  • Need an accompanist? We can provide a professional accompanist for your audition if you request and send music at least 3 weeks in advance. If you do not need an accompanist, please bring a digital version of your accompaniment that you can play for us (i.e. CD or download to your phone).

featured events

February 28, 2024   |   4:00 pm

Afternoon Student Recital

Music students perform a variety of vocal, piano, and other instrumental pieces.

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February 29 - March 2, 2024

Hilltop Players Show: 12 Angry Jurors adapted by Sherman L. Sergel

Feb 22-24, Feb 29-Mar 2 Hilltop Players Show: 12 Angry Jurors adapted by Sherman L. Sergel based on the Emmy...

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March 3, 2024   |   6:00 pm

Voices Uplifted

The Bryan College Chorale will be performing its repertoire for its spring tour.

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March 21, 2024   |   7:30 pm

Worship Night with Devotion

Join us for a night of worship with the Bryan College Devotion worship team.

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March 22, 2024   |   7:30 pm

Student Recital: Audrey Heskitt, piano

Audrey Heskitt will present her senior piano recital.

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March 27, 2024   |   4:00 pm

Afternoon Student Recital

Music students perform a variety of vocal, piano, and other instrumental pieces with a focus on Easter.

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April 1, 2024   |   7:30 pm

Dayton Community Orchestra at Bryan College Concert

The Dayton Community Orchestra at Bryan College presents a variety of music for your enjoyment.

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April 5, 2024   |   7:30 pm

Piano Ensemble Concert

This concert features the Bryan College Piano Ensemble.

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April 19, 2024   |   7:30 pm

Spring Concert

The Bryan College ensembles present a variety of music for your enjoyment.

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April 24, 2024   |   4:00 pm

Afternoon Student Recital

Music students perform a variety of vocal, piano, and other instrumental pieces.

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During my time at Bryan, I had the opportunity to learn from and do life with amazing faculty and students. Some of my favorite moments were in choral rehearsals, in the offices of professors who truly cared for me on a personal level, and with students who had shared the common goal of pursuing growth in music, Jesus, and academics.

— Elizabeth Spencer

Alumni  |  Class of 2022

Facilities

The music program is hosted in Rudd on the beautiful Bryan College campus. Our facilities include classrooms, choir and band rehearsal suites, and faculty studios. We have two 9-foot concert grands on our stage, which is equipped with a brand-new lighting system and is used for many events. The newly remodeled Watson Piano Lab includes state-of-the-art technology and 14 digital pianos, and our newly renovated Watson Practice Wing hosts several brand new pianos for practicing. We also have an alternative performance venue in Stophel, with a 7-foot concert instrument.

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Visit Our Campus

Throughout the year we offer multiple unique opportunities to experience Bryan, like custom workshops, preview days, or scholarship competitions. You can also request a personalized visit and we’ll tailor a visit for you!

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Apply Today!

Applying takes less than 5 minutes and is Free! Our Counselors are available for any questions have about our programs or life at Bryan. 

Contact Us

Worship & Performing Arts Department
721 Bryan Drive
Dayton, TN 37321
BOX 7816
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Office Phone: 423-775-7498

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