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Brian Walrath, D.W.S.

Professor of Music
Smith Music Center 216
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Brian Walrath is a professor of music and worship arts at Spring Arbor University. As lead professor in the worship arts program, he teaches courses in music, music ministry and worship studies. He holds a bachelor’s degree in music from Spring Arbor University, a master’s in choral music from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, and a doctorate in worship studies from The Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies in Orange Park, Fla.

In addition to his university duties, he speaks and consults on worship and church music at denominational conferences and has served on local and national Free Methodist worship planning committees. His master’s research topic was: “An Evaluation of the gospel Song selection process in the 1971 Hymnal of the Anglican and United Churches of Canada.” His doctoral dissertation, “Exploring the Correlation between Authentic Worship and Health in Selected Congregations of the Free Methodist Church” led to the publication of articles in Light and Life magazine and The Wesleyan Theological Journal.
In October, 2007, Abingdon Press published The Message in the Music: Studying Contemporary Praise and Worship which Walrath co-edited with his colleague, Dr. Robert Woods.

Prior to his arrival at Spring Arbor University, Dr. Walrath spent 17 years in music and discipleship ministry with Youth for Christ-Canada, joining their staff after four years in the public education system as a high school band and choir director.


  • D.W.S.: The Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies
  • M.A.: (Choral Music) University of Saskatchewan
  • B.A.: (Music) Spring Arbor University