Greatbatch School of Music – Musical Excellence with a Christian Worldview

Grow and excel as a musician and lifelong learner as you pursue your degree in music at The Greatbatch School of Music. Practice, study, perform and collaborate, using your gifts to bless others. Accelerate your God-given potential when you pursue your degree in music at Houghton University.

Calling all performers, creatives, dreamers, and visionaries… we have a music major for you.

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Undergraduate MajorsGraduate Programs

Academic Integrity – NASM Accredited

Founded in 1883 in Western, New York, Houghton University has been an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music since 1947. The Greatbatch School of Music continues to build its reputation for musical excellence, academic strength and a Christ-centered education through this continuous improvement process.

Undergraduate Music Majors

Two students writing music on blackboard during music theory class.


Undergraduate Major & Minor – BA
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Music Composition

Undergraduate Major – BMus
Violinist performing on stage

Music Performance

Undergraduate Major – BMus
Student standing and conducting an orchestra.

Music Education

Undergraduate Major – BMus
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Music Industry

Undergraduate Major & Minor – BS
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Music with Non-music Elective Studies

Undergraduate Major – BMus
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Worship Arts

Undergraduate Major – BS
Undergrad Auditions

Graduate Music Programs

Houghton student playing her violin while looking the mirror.


Master of Arts – MA
Two Houghton music students performing together. One on piano the other singing.

Collaborative Performance

Master of Music – MM
Student hand writing music on composition notebook.


Master of Music – MM
Houghton student conducting an orchestra.


Master of Music – MM
Houghton student playing the trombone.


Master of Music – MM
Grad Auditions

Music at Houghton

Faculty Mentoring

Our 30+ dedicated music instructors and faculty are here to help you pursue your passion for music. Study and perform with instructors who demonstrate an excellence in their discipline and will help you grow your talents.

Christ-Centered Education

Founded in 1883 and an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music since 1947, Houghton University continues to build on its reputation for musical excellence, academic strength and Christian worldview.

Experiential Learning

Participate in one of our 11 musical ensembles, go on an international tour, or take part in our musical theatre productions. At Houghton you’ll find opportunities to practice your craft while growing musically, intellectually, and spiritually.

Two Houghton students on stage in the Lyric Theatre production Into the Woods.

Singers, actors, instrumentalists, technicians and managers are given opportunities to develop their skills and to create high quality productions. Through stage productions and scenes recitals, you’ll get a training ground in front of a live audience from the community. Semester productions include musical theatre and opera for both music majors and non-music majors alike.

View a Recent Production
Student in the wind ensemble playing the flute.

Instrumental and vocal ensembles are an integral part of the life of Houghton University and of the music program. These ensembles are open to all students from any major on campus. They provide incredible opportunities to make music with other fine musicians with the goal of collective, artistic, and musical expression and growth.

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Jack Smith playing the trumpet.

Music for the Kingdom

Jack Smith ’22 was looking for Master’s of Music programs where he could be immersed in the study of music, performance and conducting – while learning from experienced professors. At Houghton, he was able to grow deeply in his faith while having opportunities to compose and arrange for ensembles and learn from other conductors. Already on his way to being a band teacher, Jack also hopes to one day teach in higher education as a professor while using his skills to advance the kingdom of God.

Explore Houghton's Master's Degree in Conducting

Contact the Greatbatch School of Music


Greatbatch School of Music
Houghton University
One Willard Avenue
Houghton, NY, 14744


General & Undergraduate: 585.567.9400
Toll-Free: 1.800.777.2556, ext. 4000
Graduate: 585.567.9468
Fax: 585.567.9517

Faculty & Staff

Christopher Ashbaugh

Assistant Professor of Theory and Composition
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Daniel David Black

Associate Professor of Vocal Music & Conducting; Director of Choral Activities
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Carlton Campbell

Assistant Director of Technical Arts
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David Clem

Dean of the Greatbatch School of Music; Assistant Professor of Music History and Literature
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Judy Congdon

Professor of Organ and Harpsichord; College Organist
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Amanda Cox

Assistant Professor of Voice, Director of Lyric Theatre
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Jason Davis

Assistant Professor of Music
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Jason Decker

Instructor of Low Brass
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Kevin Dibble

Associate Director of the Greatbatch School of Music; Associate Director of Choral Activities; Assistant Professor of Music
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Natalie Fuller

Adjunct Professor of Trumpet
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Sharon Johnson

Professor of Piano and Coordinator of Collaborative Piano
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Soo Yeon Kim

Assistant Professor of Violin and Viola
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Theodore Kuchar

Professor of Orchestral Conducting
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Anne Kunkle

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Saxophone
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Anton Machleder

Associate Professor of Music Industry and Assistant Professor of Guitar
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Carrie Magin

Associate Professor of Music Composition & Theory; Theory & Composition Area Coordinator
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Sara Massey

Associate Professor of Music Education
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Angela McBrearty

Assistant Professor of Flute
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