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Sunderland Serves as Panel Expert on Artist Job Market Trends

Sunderland,-Paul.jpgGU’s Paul Sunderland, professor of worship arts, responded to the call when career resource experts at sought insights on the job market for aspiring artists. They wanted to know how young graduates should prepare for the industry in today’s uncertain economic climate. 

Sunderland, one of nearly 20 university professors weighing in on the topic, added his expertise in the area of worship arts. 

An Environment Changed by COVID

“COVID has forced the church to consider how to continue as faithful worshipers, yet without having the congregation gathered in the same room,” he said. Church musicians must now “lead worship through a streamed or recorded platform, where you no longer see or hear the response of the people you are ‘leading.’” 

Sunderland’s insights covered technology, changing standards, and critical skills students can cultivate to meet congregations’ changing needs. 

Success Placing Graduates 

Sunderland holds a doctorate in worship studies from the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies and broad experience both as a worship leader and professional musician. He has shaped a program at GU that integrates experience with learning. Nearly 100 percent of GU graduates who majored in music industry studies and/or worship arts last year secured jobs in the areas for which they trained. 

Read Sunderland’s full response


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This story was published on October 05, 2020

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