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Cedarville University is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music.

Roger O'Neel, Ph.D.

Assistant Chair of Worship, Associate Professor of Worship


Dr. O’Neel serves as the Director of the worship program. He has served the local church for over 20 years, including full-time worship pastorates in Texas, California, and Oklahoma. Dr. O’Neel has published articles on church music and leadership, blogs on, and is active as a worship leader, conference presenter, and worship consultant.

Education and Credentials

  • Ph.D. in Music Theory, University of Texas at Austin
  • M.M. in Theory, Southern Methodist University
  • M.M. in Choral Conducting, Southern Methodist University
  • B.M. in Theory and Composition, Ouachita Baptist University,

Scholarly Works

  • Pitch Organization and Text Setting in Songs of Charles Seeger, Ruth Crawford Seeger, and Henry Cowell (Roger L. O'Neel) Music and Worship Faculty Publications (1996)
  • Seven Subtle Ways to Become Ineffective in the Eyes of Your Congregation (article) (Roger L. O'Neel) LeaderLife (2006)  
  • Training the Next Generation of Worship Leaders (Roger L. O'Neel) Experience Conference (2018)  
  • Leading on Empty: Finding Inspiration When You’ve Lost Your Motivation (Roger L. O'Neel) Worship Life Conference (2018)
  • Worship and Culture (Roger L. O'Neel) Worship Life Conference (2018)
View a listing of scholarly works in the Cedarville University Digital Commons »


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