Message from the Chair

Thank you for taking the time to learn more about music at Spring Arbor University. Our music program is dynamic, personal, diverse and purposeful, and I would like to tell you some of the reasons we are proud of our commitment to quality music education at Spring Arbor.

The unique Spring Arbor Concept is often cited as one of the finest statements of faith and purpose in higher education. It states: “Spring Arbor University is a community of learners distinguished by our lifelong involvement in the study and application of the liberal arts, total commitment to Jesus Christ as the perspective for learning, and critical participation in the contemporary world.” In the music department, this means you will have instructors who help you express eternal meaning with your music as you develop your musical skills. Our students are not just our pupils; they are also our friends and colleagues as we seek to “make a joyful noise to the Lord.”

Small class sizes and personal attention are the norm rather than the exception in our music program. Private lessons are available for all musical instruments and voice types, and we take pride in our efforts to provide excellent private instruction appropriate to any student’s interests, needs and prior skill development. You can also take lessons if you are a beginner and always wanted to try singing or an instrument. Scholarships are available, regardless of major, to active and talented music students.

Spring Arbor is one of the first universities to offer a degree program in the rapidly expanding field of worship arts. If you have a desire to apply your gifts as a worship arts pastor, we have a unique program combining music, drama, visual media and ministry that may be just what you’re looking for!

Experience proves again and again that the one thing that is constant in modern life is change. Musicians need to have a broad, solid background in order to adapt to the changes that are sure to come in our profession. We believe it is vital to provide an education in which music theory skills, excellence in performance and thorough understanding of our musical heritage are emphasized.

We would appreciate an opportunity to tell you more about musical life at Spring Arbor University and sincerely hope you will contact us for more information.



Dr. Mark Douglass
Professor of Music, Music Department Chair

For more information about the music department, please contact Dr. Brown:




Spring Arbor’s Full-Time Music Faculty includes:

Dr. Mark Douglass                                           Dr. Richard Hintze

Audrejean Heydenburg                                   Dr. Brian Walrath

Dr. Ji Hyun Kim 


Spring Arbor’s Adjunct Faculty includes:

Mrs. Emily Douglass                                              Dr. Renee Runyon

Dr. Natalie Emptage Downs                                 Mr. Andrew Sprung

Mrs. Amy Ley                                                          Mrs. Linda Storm

Mrs. Virginia Marquart                                         Mr. Luke Varland

Dr. Nikie Oechsle                                                    Mr. William Walbridge

Dr. Marissa Olin                                                      Mr. David Youngman

Mr. TJ Perry