Michael Gungor Addresses Worship Majors

Michael Gungor answers questions from worship majors following his concert at Cedarville University.

Michael Gungor answers questions from worship majors following his concert at Cedarville University. Photo credit: Scott L. Huck/Cedarville University

by Nathan Pilling, Public Relations Writer

March 1, 2013

When the musical collective Gungor visited Cedarville in January, church music and worship students had an opportunity to take a glimpse into the life of singer/songwriter Michael Gungor. The leader of the musical collective took some time to speak with students and answer questions in a Q-and-A session before the group’s evening concert.

Gungor answered questions about topics ranging from his own spiritual journey, to his collective’s use of unique instruments, to his thoughts about musical genres.

According to Roger O’Neel, Ph.D., associate professor of church music, guests like Michael Gungor provide valuable insight into the work of industry professionals. “Hearing from their spiritual journeys, songwriting techniques and life experiences can be very helpful and inspirational,” O’Neel said. “Students often quote prior guests because what they shared was so meaningful and memorable.”

O’Neel said he loved to hear Gungor’s thoughts about the creative process. “While he strongly encouraged the study of music theory, which is my academic background, he also strongly advocated for the students to forget the traditional rules and find sounds that they love,” O’Neel said. “This is the mark of almost all composers that we consider truly great. He is creating beautiful music through this process.”

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University attracts 3,400 undergraduate, graduate and online students to more than 100 areas of study. Celebrating 125 years of inspiring greatness, Cedarville is a Christ-centered learning community recognized nationally for rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings and leading student satisfaction ratings. Visit the University online at www.cedarville.edu.