Stephen Martin, DCM

Assistant Professor
Director of Music and Worship
Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 3109
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Stephen Martin has been active as an educator, conductor, composer, and music director for the last 20 years. He has arranged and scored music for film, symphonic orchestra, big band, vocal jazz, chamber groups, and has led over 300 volunteers in music ministry.

Dr. Martin is the Program Director for the Music and Worship degree at Azusa Pacific University, teaching courses in worship leadership formation, songwriting, conducting, arranging, and orchestration. He also serves as the Director of the Angeles Worship Initiative, a grant-funded project designed to foster innovation in intergenerational worship and the arts.

Dr. Martin frequently serves as guest conductor and consultant for church ministries and ministry-related organizations. As a lecturer and clinician, he provides training in worship leadership, conducting, and composition. He was a recipient of the Faith and Fine Arts Award in 2014, (APU College of Music & The Arts), a Faculty Fellow in the APU Center for Academic Service Learning (2015-17), and nominee for the Chase A. Sawtell Inspirational Teaching Award in 2018. In 2014-15, Martin authored and led the Vital Worship Grant, sponsored by the Calvin Institute for Christian Worship. In 2019, Dr. Martin was the recipient of a $1 million Strengthening Ministries with Youth Initiative (SMYI) grant from Lilly Religion Endowment.

Stephen holds degrees from University of Southern California, Claremont Graduate University, and Azusa Pacific University. His mentors include Rob Roy McGregor, Donald Crockett, Boyde Hoode, Roy Poper, Stephen Gothold, and Philip Clayton.


  • B.A. - Music Performance, Theory, and Education, Azusa Pacific University
  • M.M. - Trumpet Performance, University of Southern California
  • D.C.M. - Church Music (Conducting Emphasis), Claremont Graduate University & Claremont School of Theology

Academic Area

  • School of Music (College of the Arts)


  • Arranging
  • Music Technology
  • Worship and The Arts

Courses Taught

  • MUS 160 Worship Leadership Formation
  • MUS 203 Languages of Worship
  • MUS 296 Introduction to Music Technology
  • MUS 323 Arranging I/Rehearsal Techniques
  • MUS 363 Instrumental Conducting
  • MUS 375 Worship Arts Development and Administration
  • MUS 376 Worship Design
  • MUS 423 Orchestration
  • MUS 441 Music in Worship
  • MUS 447 Music in Worship Internship I
  • MUS 454 Music in Worship II/Capstone
  • MUS 1C1 Applied Composition

Office Hours

By appointment

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