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Horton School of Music

Center for Worship


Churches worldwide are engaging their culture in new ways through worship styles, music, technology and relational ministry. The Center for Worship's specialized curriculum prepares students to be strong leaders and provides a depth of development in the areas of music, technology and ministry. Beginning in their freshman year, our students have opportunities to serve churches in each of these areas.

Ministry & Leadership

The Center for Worship develops worship leaders for multidimensional roles, such as pastor, leader, theologian, administrator, counselor, encourager, communicator and manager. Students are engaged in Christ-focused worship from the heart, soul and mind. They will learn to lead, grow and serve by developing their own biblical philosophy of worship. They will also learn to be worship leaders who worship in both spirit and truth.

Technology & Production

One of the growing needs in churches is a minister who has a working knowledge of new technologies. In addition to being able to lead in multiple musical styles, today's worship leaders must also understand sound engineering, studio production and visual lighting software. The Center for Worship stays current with changing technology. Students receive training in arranging and songwriting tools, multitracks, loops, sound engineering, digital audio workstations and other music-related software.



Elevate Worship

Elevate Worship is the premier worship ensemble that leads worship and praise services both on and off campus throughout the academic year. This ensemble primarily prepares music in the modern worship style but occasionally sings different hymns of faith and genres of Christian music in the traditional setting. The Elevate worship ensemble performs many weekend services in churches and schools throughout the Lowcountry. This ensemble travels with a praise team style band which includes vocalists, acoustic guitars, electric guitars, bass guitar, keyboard and piano and drums.
Membership in Elevate Worship is by audition or permission of the instructor, with any student permitted to audition.


Total Praise

Total Praise is a campus choir that leads worship in a variety of different Christian worship styles. The ensemble performs selections in genres ranging from Hymns & Spirituals, Contemporary Christian, Southern Gospel to African American Gospel music. This group celebrates Christian unity through a diversity of music.
Membership in Total Praise is open to any CSU student, regardless of major and does not require an audition.


January 25-27 South Carolina Baptist Allstate
Elevate Worship attends the South Carolina Baptist Allstate Festival at Riverland Hills Baptist Church in Irmo, S.C.
February 3 | First Baptist Church of Honea Path
Elevate leads the worship services for the First Baptist Church of Honea Path, S.C.
February 24 | Temple Baptist Church
Total Praise leads the worship services for Temple Baptist Church in Simpsonville, S.C.
March 17 | Old Fort Baptist Church
Elevate Worship leads the worship services for Old Fort Baptist Church in Summerville, S.C.
March 29-31 | DiscipleshipNOW Conference
Elevate Worship attends the DNow Conference at Chapin Baptist Church in Chapin, S.C.
April 5-8 | Garden City Chapel & Retreat
Elevate Worship travels to North Myrtle Beach for the Garden City Chapel & Retreat.


Schedule Elevate Worship, CSU's traveling worship ensemble, or Total Praise, an a cappella ensemble, for your church or event.