Arts & Music
The performing arts have an exceptional capacity to affect us. Our Worship Arts department seeks to bring a biblical and theological understanding to this powerful medium so that students can learn how to use their gifts for God's glory.
Students can participate in a variety of school music groups that perform on campus, in area churches, and on tours across the country. These groups provide students with the opportunity to refine their musical and performance skills, develop life-long friendships, and minister through music.
College Singers is a student choir that practices several times a week and performs in area churches and at events throughout the year.
The orchestra accompanies the choir and performs at the annual Christmas production, classical concerts, and other special events.
In past years, students have formed musical groups that represent almost every type of popular genre. Throughout the year, these groups perform both locally and throughout Canada. For more information, check out our touring teams website.
Resonant is made up of some of the college's best musicians and singers. Throughout the year, this group performs at many venues across Canada and the United States.
Refined/Undignified is made up of Briercrest College and Seminary students and alumni who reveal the Gospel message through hip hop, lyrical dance, and drama to bring hope to their generation.
Caronport is home to a digital recording studio where albums have been produced by many students including Sweetsalt (winners of a Canadian Independant Music Award and a Juno, and Western Canadian Music and Prairie Award nominees), Downhere (winners of Dove, Juno, Vibe, Covenant, and Prarie Music Awards), and Elevate (Shai Award nominees).
The keyboard lab allows our advanced and beginner students to study piano in a group setting. The lab also contains a variety of electronic keyboards so that students can learn the principles of electronic music.
Video production is designed to equip students with the skills necessary for effective video communications. Students have the opportunity to learn the basics of camera shooting, setting up and operating a non-linear video editing suite, and engineering live video productions. Our advanced course gives students the opportunity to refine their skills in shooting, lighting, graphics, editing, and producing as they gain valuable experience doing practical projects.
Live sound and production
An increasing number of churches are incorporating worship bands, integrating newer multimedia technologies, experiencing congregational growth, and realizing the importance of quality, making the need for capable sound engineers greater than ever before. Classes in live sound and production equip students with the knowledge and skills of live sound engineering including set-up, signal flow, microphone techniques, mixing techniques, and signal processing. We also explore related production topics like the basics of lighting, PowerPoint, stage management, and professional etiquette.
Students can audition for parts in the annual Christmas production (performed in front of 10,000 guests over the course of one weekend) and Youth Quake skits (a student kick-off production in October and a separate skit performed for over 2,000 people in February). Students also have the opportunity to get involved in touring ministry teams and drama classes.
Props and set design are a vital part of the Christmas Musical and Youth Quake productions. As a result, artistic students are given many opportunities to use their talents.
During the semester, students are able to showcase their artistic work at the Briercrest College and Seminary art show and connect with other artists in various workshops and artists retreats.
We offer lessons in piano, voice, guitar, violin, and a variety of other instruments (as instructors are available). Ten lessons are offered each semester. For information on cost or to apply for lessons, check online or contact the Worship Arts office. Students who have little or no previous training in an applied area may need to complete one or more semesters of class instruction before being eligible for private instruction. Practice rooms are available on a rental basis for those taking music lessons. Students may receive one credit for applied lessons with no tuition beyond the regular lesson fee. All students taking lessons for credit receive a grade for each semester of study.