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Dennis Royse, Ph.D.

Chair of Graduate Programs
Music Theory
Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 3576
Fax: (626) 969-7419
Dennis Royse grew up playing trumpet and violin. His broad interests in music have led him in many directions. His dissertation, "Music and the Nongkrem: the Articulation of Meaning in a Khasi Religious Festival in Meghalaya, India," is the only published work on this tribal group and their music.

Since 1985, Royse has been teaching at APU in the areas of Music Theory, Music History, Jazz Improvisation, Music Education, and graduate research. In addition to teaching, Royse has conducted APU's Men's Chorale, Oratorio Choir, Jazz Ensemble, and Symphony Orchestra.


Ph.D. – Musicology, emphasis in Ethnomusicology, Claremont Graduate University
M.A. – Music Education, emphasis in Jazz Improvisation, California State University, Los Angeles
B.A.- Music Education and Performance, Trumpet, Pasadena College


  • College of Music and the Arts
  • School of Music
    • Undergraduate Programs


  • Conducting a Musical Ensemble
  • Music Education
  • Music History
  • Music Theory

Professional/Scholarly Presentations

"Articulator of Cultural Truth: The Ksing Niam of the Nongkrem Festival," Society for Ethnomusicology, Southern California Chapter

Royse, Dennis and David Wagner. Dianna Glyer and David Weeks, ed. "The Seven Liberal Arts in the Middle Ages." The Liberal Arts in Higher Education, University Press: Lanham, New York, Oxford, 1998.

Royse, Dennis and Ken Otto. "An Introduction to Research in Music." Music Information Sources, Bibliographic Citation, and Research Tools.

Royse, Dennis. "Music and the Nongkrem: the Articulation of Meaning in a Khasi Religious Festival in Meghalaya, India," Ph. D. Dissertation.

Professional Experience

Academic Experience
Director of Choral and Instrumental Music, Mountain View High School, El Monte, California, 1972-1981

Ministerial/Para-church Experience
Minister of Music, Covenant Presbyterian Church, Orange, California, 1990-present

Minister of Music, South Bay Church of God, Torrance, California, 1982-1990