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College of Arts and Sciences

Location: Crete
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Whether you dream of performing or sharing the joy of music through teaching; as a music major at Doane University you can pursue a career in diverse fields, such as:

  • Music Education
  • Conducting
  • Performing
  • Composition
  • Accompanying
  • Music Business or Merchandising
  • Arts Management

There are approximately 200 students enrolled in Doane's Music Department. Small classes provide an intimate learning experience, and students benefit from one-on-one instruction and state-of-the-art technology. As a music student, you can join our National Association for Music Education (NAfME) chapter, become involved in our theatre productions, assist the hosting of Tiger Band High School Invitational, The Fall Festival of Winds or the Doane Vocal Festival.

All students planning to attend Doane University are invited to audition for a music scholarship. For students unable to audition for a Doane Music Scholarship in person, we are pleased to offer an alternative. 

For more information, view our Distance Audition Information here.

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The Doane Difference

Doane Choir Wind Section

Doane ensembles have been selected to perform for numerous conferences, including the Nebraska Music Education Association, Nebraska State Bandmasters Association, and the American Choral Directors Association.

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Doane ensembles regularly go on tour, whether it’s throughout the state, the United States, or internationally. The Doane Choir has sung in 13 countries over the last decade while the Doane Concert Band has performed in cities like Chicago and Washington D.C.

Mens Choral Group

The college owns a great deal of music equipment, including 2 (two) Steinway concert pianos. Additionally, significant gifts to the Music Department have made it possible to provide future upgrades of equipment, facilities, and experiences for our students.

Program Information

A music degree from Doane University prepares students for Graduate-level studies in fields such as:

  • Conducting
  • Performance
  • History and Musicology
  • Composition
  • Music Theory
  • Therapy

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Requirements for the Music Major:

Complete 1, 2, or 3

Four-Year Plan

All requirements listed under the catalog section Secondary Education.

Collegiate Chorale

Concert Band

Doane Choir



Jazz Ensemble

Jazz Unlimited

National Association for Music Education

National Association for Music Education (NAfME) serves to augment classroom work in the field of music education to promote special projects of the Nebraska Music Educators Association and the National Conference, and to expand the knowledge and horizons of future music educators. NAfME is open to students interested in music education.

Tiger Pep Band

Tiger Pep Band is an instrumental music ensemble open to all students and performs at home football games during the fall semester. The ensemble utilizes a student-centered, constructivist approach, providing opportunities for students to develop skills in teaching, conducting, leadership, collaboration, communication, community engagement and outreach, composing, and arranging. Upon completion of this course, students will improve their musicianship through the performance of a varied repertoire of music selected and created by the students. Prerequisite(s): none.     Conductor: Dr. Jay W. Gilbert (
The 2018 Tiger Pep Band Schedule can be found here.

Every year students have the opportunity to travel as members of Doane’s elite musical organizations. The choir tours internationally every three (3) years. Both the band and choir take a major two-week tour every 3 years. Recent tours have included:

  • Arizona
  • Iowa
  • Wisconsin
  • Washington D.C.
  • Cleveland
  • Chicago
  • Dallas
  • Portland
  • Seattle
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Minnesota
  • New Mexico
  • And South Dakota
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Julie Cross

Adjunct Faculty
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Cheyenne Nelson

Cheyenne Nelson

Performing Arts Administrative Assistant
Lance Nielsen

Lance Nielsen

Adjunct Faculty
Curriculum and Instruction
Kathleen Ohlman

Kathleen Ohlman

Assistant Professor of Practice
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