Music Areas of Study

Connecting and changing lives through music

The music programs at Trinity attract students who know that music is a powerful medium to build community, to worship, and to understand the world. Taught from a Christian perspective, the programs allow students to explore wisdom, hospitality, and connections among ideas and disciplines. Students leave prepared to make a difference through music for the rest of their lives.

If you enjoy working with children and young adults, a music degree can prepare you for a rewarding career as a music educator. Another option is blending your love of music with your faith, and working as a worship leader in your congregation. You could also put what you learn in Trinity’s music program into practice as a performer, music producer, or another related role.

Since Trinity is located just 25 miles from downtown Chicago, you will be in the heart of a vibrant music scene that ranges from classical to blues, with everything in between. To learn more about becoming a music major or minor at Trinity, contact us or schedule a visit to our campus to see all we have to offer first-hand. When you’re ready to take the next step toward joining Trinity’s music program, apply for admission online.

Apply for our music scholarships by submitting a Music Scholarship Audition Application.

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Steven Meyers Music Education Scholarship: $1,000

Awarded annually to a Music Education major with a minimum 3.0 GPA and has graduated from one of the following schools: Unity Christian High School (MI), Holland Christian High School (MI), Calvin Christian High School (Grandville, MI) South Christian High School, Western MI Christian High School (Norton Shores, MI), Grand Rapids Christian High School (MI), Kalamazoo Christian High School (MI); Chicago Christian High School (IL), Illiana Christian High School (IL), Timothy Christian High School (IL); Hudsonville High School (MI), Jenison Senior High School (MI), Grandville High School (MI), Allendale High School (MI).


Leadership Scholarships: *Varies

Participation in scholarship area is required. For detailed information per program scholarship and application instructions, click here.

Awards are available for: Art, Choir (Concert and Gospel), Instrumental Music, Peer Ministry, Theatre, and Worship Leadership.

 Lynndell & Russell Hollender Organ Scholarship: $2,000

One award given annually to a student interested in leading worship as an organist, who already has proficiency on a keyboard instrument and who has a 3.0 GPA. Preference is given to music majors or minors and to those who enroll in organ lessons. Required: Admission to the College, Audition with music department.

Martin and Janet Ozinga Memorial: $6,000 ($1,500/year)

Thirteen students, mostly upperclassmen, awarded annually for involvement in Honors Ensemble; incoming students may apply. Required:  Admission to the College, audition with music department.

 Fred E. Arnold Memorial Scholarship: $1,000

A one-time scholarship available to a freshman male interested in vocal music. The recipient could be a music major or someone who will participate in one of Trinity’s choirs.

 Men of A-Chord Choral Scholarship: $1,500

A one-time award available to an incoming male student from Illiana Christian, Timothy Christian, Chicago Christian or Covenant Christian High School who was a participant in its choral program, and who will continue to participate at Trinity Christian College. The recipient must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA.  Required:  Submit an essay answering the following question: “How has music impacted your faith and relationship with God?” Submit a letter of recommendation from your high school choral director.  Materials are due on March 31st.



Department Chair

Dr. Mark Peters

Professor of Music; Department Chair; Director, Center for Teaching and the Good Life
Phone: 708.239.4875    Email:

Mark Peters, Ph.D., is professor of music and director of the Center for Teaching and the Good Life at Trinity Christian College. He teaches courses on music and the arts in relation to individuals, societies, and cultures, seeking to instill in students the perspective that practices of creating and of engaging human creativity are fundamental aspects of our shared humanity.