Institute for Church Music
The institute sees its task as being to respond professionally, within its discipline, music, to the social/sociological upheavals of the present. It does this on three levels:
- research and scholarship
- teaching and training
- organization and practice
The research mandate of the Institute for Church Music is part of the overall academic programme of the Friedensau Adventist University. It is carried out in close collaboration with other specialized scholarly organizations and institutes at German universities, but also with associations and institutions of the Seventh-Day Adventist community. The research is reflected in documentations, articles in scholarly journals, and in-house university publications (Friedensauer Schriftenreihe, Reihe C: Musik-Kirche-Kultur) (Friedensau Publication Series, Series C: Music-Church-Culture).
In terms of organization, the Institute for Church Music is integrated into the School of Theology. As part of the Friedensau Adventist University it is responsible for training church musicians, theologians, social workers and prospective musicians in the theory and practice of music. The music training concepts are intended to create a pedagogical/academic counterpart to the reality of today’s world and today’s church. The core idea of the whole endeavour is to help build up the church, both inwardly and outwardly.
Alongside research and teaching, the Institute for Church Music maintains a chamber orchestra and an oratorio choir as permanent fixtures. These contribute to the prestige of the FAU within the church and society. They are intended as a bridge between the academic training facility and the community that supports it.