The musical and performance arts are an important part of ministry training at OCC. Every tour group and production seeks not only to minister and entertain, but more importantly to honor God and worship him.
Worship Arts Degrees
The worship arts program focuses on preparing students to lead churches in worship with musical excellence, theological depth and pastoral wisdom. Students will gain a solid foundation in music theory, along with the vocal and instrumental musicianship needed to serve the church effectively. Recognizing the many diverse roles that the worship leader fills, our purpose is to graduate leaders who are tech-savvy, musically skilled and biblically grounded. With plenty of performance opportunities both on an off campus, students gain valuable experience under the guidance of proven mentors.
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Worship Arts Facilities
With over 900 seats, the chapel is home to our weekly worship gathering and other campus events. Music, worship and creative arts students call the chapel their second home. Rehearse a worship team on the chapel stage, mix sound with a digital audio console, program an array of lights and design environments for sacred moments of worship. This is where it happens.
Our piano lab features eight digital pianos for classroom instruction, all with headphones for private practice. Each piano is linked to a computer workstation where students can notate their music as they play, practice their aural skills, and compose and arrange music using Finale software.
Creative Arts Lab
Our creative arts lab has five iMac workstations, loaded with software to make your vision come to life. Students have access to the full array of Adobe products, including Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, PremierPro and others. Each workstation has a MIDI keyboard for recording tracks using Ableton Live.
In addition to the chapel stage, worship teams rehearse in our music lab, where students will find a Yamaha M7 mixing console, identical to the one in the chapel. This gives students plenty of hours of hands on experience with audio equipment. Coupled with an iMac workstation, this room also serves as a space for live audio recording.
Music Theory Classroom
In our Music Theory Classroom students learn the fundamentals that will enable them to speak the universal language that is music. Foundational courses in music theory and skills prepare students to lead worship teams, create vocal and instrumental arrangements, compose music and share that music with others.
Worship Arts Careers
Worship arts majors gain experience they can use in a wide range of careers. Here are few career options that our grads have found in music and creative arts:
Worship leader: Churches are always looking for individuals with the musical skills and spiritual maturity needed to lead a congregation in worship each week. You’ll plan services, develop teams and serve as a pastoral musician.
Youth worship leader: Many churches employ youth leaders with worship leading ability. You'll disciple young people as you develop their musical skills.
Children’s worship leader: Teach children how to worship and give them them songs they'll remember for life.
Technical director: Manage the production needs of a church including audio, video, lighting and stage design.
Creative arts director: Dream up new ways of telling the gospel story that speak to all the senses, and lead a team to make it happen each week.
Music industry: Grow your talents in composition, recording, producing and publishing music.
Music teacher: Teach private lessons, or, with some additional education at MSSU, become a school music teacher.
Recording industry: Gain experience and learn to use the tools that will prepare you to be an audio engineer or producer.
Performance: Many local venues provide avenues for students to begin a career in music performance.
Accompanist: Churches, choirs and universities are always looking for great accompanists.
All prospective music and worship students must be auditioned by the music faculty before beginning a worship arts degree program. This includes those seeking a Music and Worship degree, a BACM Worship and an Associate of Arts in Music.
- Vocal students should prepare two pieces of varying styles by memory, and vocalization to show voice range.
- Piano students should prepare two pieces of varying styles by memory, and major and minor scales, two octaves.
- Guitar students should prepare two pieces of varying styles (finger style, chord style) by memory and sight-read a piece by notation.
Auditions are held on the Friday morning of Welcome Week in August, and they should be scheduled with the Worship Arts Department secretary (417.626.1234 ext. 2400) beginning August 1. Students living a great distance from the campus should make arrangements to be available on that date.
Candidates are expected to meet specific college entrance requirements. They will be accepted as full candidates for the degree or placed on probationary status from one to four semesters. Probationary status requires that the student show improvement in their major applied area, as well as potential for music ministry. The student will be evaluated at the end of each semester until full candidate status is reached.
Frontline is an auditioned team of OCC students that travels nationwide and leads worship at churches and youth events.
Our spring musicals showcase talent from the community and OCC. Past musicals include Mary Poppins and Singin' in the Rain.
Each December, Ozark welcomes hundreds of guests to campus for our annual Christmas production.
You don't have to be a Worship Arts major to participate in several OCC performance opportunities.
Weekly chapel services are the heartbeat of OCC, with preachers from around campus and the world.
Creative Arts Academy
On-campus, hands-on fun for high school students interested in the creative arts.