Church Musician

The church musician orientation is the obvious choice for those who want to engage in church musical activities at a higher level. Here you have access to professional teachers and an collection of world-class organs. As a student, you also live within walking distance to the School of Music at Luleå University of Technology - one of Sweden's most creative places.

There is a shortage of church musicians throughout Sweden and it is often enough with an kantors degree to be employed as a church musician. However, there are many congregations calling for organists with an artistic bachelor's degree in church music.

Artistic bachelor's degree only takes a year longer than an kantors degree, but gives you better conditions for conducting church musical activities at a higher level, which is required if church music is to continue to be an important part of Sweden's cultural landscape

A broad education

The bachelor's degree in church music gives you a broad foundation and the basic knowledge you need to cope with the incredibly varied duties of church musicians: to compose yourself in a solo song on worship services and performances, to conduct a choir in Handel's Messiah or an Abba song , to improvise an interplay during a psalm, to arrange a choral piece for 3-part chorus and guitar, or to teach an organ student in his first preludium and fugue by Bach.
You also have the opportunity, through optional or optional courses, to focus on the specific topics that are of interest to you: singing, choral conducting, in-depth organ playing, music theoretical knowledge, improvisation and much more.

Fantastic instruments

Orgel Acusticum vid Luleå tekniska universitet

Studio Acusticum (Woehl, 2012, IV / 140): Sweden's largest concert hall organ. Includes clocks, xylophone, and celesta. Most things can be played here, but the organ sounds particularly good in symphonic repertoire from romance onwards. Students have the opportunity to play their degree concerts here.

Photo: Lars Andersson

Norrfjärden Church (Grönlunds, 1997, III / 36): A replica of a 17th-century Baroque organ originally found in the German Church in Stockholm. That organ remains and was restored in Tornedalen: the main plant in Övertorneå and the back positive in Hietaniemi. The organ's medium temperament fits well with repertoire from all over Europe written before Johann Sebastian Bach's time. The organ is often used in teaching and concerts by students and teachers.

Photo: Lars Andersson

Orgelsalen (Grönlunds, 1989, III / 35): The three-manual Grönlund organ of the organ hall is eclectic in style and available for student concerts and teaching.

Photo: Lars Andersson

Liturgical organ hall is the School of Music's little gem. A smaller concert hall with a two-manual baroque organ built by Robert Gustavsson, Härnösand (II, 15) and intoned by Mads Kjersgaard, one of Sweden's leading experts in baroque organ. The hall also houses a two-manual harpsichord.

Exercise organs There are five additional exercise organs at the School of Music. This means that there are always instruments available when you want to practice.

Contact person for the specialisation Church Musician

Gary Verkade

Verkade, Gary - Professor

Organisation: Musical Performance, KKL Music, Media and Theatre, Department of Arts, Communication and Education
Phone: +46 (0)911 72626
Room: F105B - Piteå»

Your teachers:

Organ, Gary Verkade

Organ, Lars Sjöstedt

Choral conducting, Erik Westberg

Orchestral Conducting, Petter Sundkvist

Song, Katherine Osborne

Classical piano, Helge Kjekshus

Chord Piano, Robert Smith

Theory: Fredrik Högberg

Performances: Kjell-Peder Johansson

Student thesis: Åsa Unander-Scharin