Department of Music | Briar Cliff University

Music and Fine Arts

Bring Your Talents to The Cliff

The Department of Music and Fine Arts seeks to provide a means for spiritual, intellectual and artistic development consistent with a liberal arts education. This department offers students:

  • an annual schedule of more than 30 concerts and recitals,
  • a variety of local community choral opportunities,
  • yearly choir tours, and
  • a faculty of accomplished artists.

This department is proud to provide our campus and the greater Siouxland community with countless opportunities to develop, explore, and experience the the gift of music.

4 Reasons to Join 

  1. Musicality It has been proven time and time again that singing in a choir or playing instruments improves your innate musical ability, intensifies your appreciation of harmony, organically strengthens your ear. Band and choir members quickly become aware of how harmonies combine and complement each other.

  2. Mental and Physical Health We like to refer this department as Briar Cliff's "unofficial GPAC sport." Although less physically intense then Charger athletics, a proper band or choir practice includes the actions of warming up, breathing deeply, opening the diaphragm, accessing core strength. All of which can help release endorphins, develop mental functions, improve posture, and reduce symptoms stress and depression.

  3. Confidence Most people don’t imagine they will ever perform in front of an audience, and to experience this for the first time as part of a group can be life changing.The truth is that, anyone can learn to sing. Singing or playing with a community of you peers gives you permission to make noise, and help develop your confidence.

  4. Belonging We know that participating in a band or ensemble quickly helps forge social bonds, this is especially true at Briar Cliff. Our groups of valued musicians spend countless hours creating music, and that process creates friendship that last a lifetime.

Collaborating with the Music and Fine Arts Department at Cliff by participating in one of our many opportunities will help improve you musicality, mental and physical health, confidence, and provide you a place to belong in your time at Briar Cliff.

Audition for a Music Scholarship

Do you love music? Use it to help finance your education at Briar Cliff! The Department of Music awards scholarships that recognize and encourage talented student musicians who are searching for a liberal arts education, regardless of major. The department awards these annually renewable scholarships based upon talent and musical leadership. The award amounts vary, and are based upon an audition. Find out more then contact us to request your audition.

Music Scholarships


Jeremy Owens

Jeremy Owens
Associate Professor of Music

Richard Steinbach

Richard Steinbach
Professor of Music; Chairperson, Department of Music

Brian Cook
Director of Choral Activities

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