Welcome to the Music Department
The Music Department equips students for the serious study, composition and performance of great music within the scope of the liberal arts tradition and the context of the Christian faith and worship. The primary objective of the Music Department is to develop skilled musicians with Christian insight into their art and craft at an advanced level. The Music Department works toward that objective in many ways unique to the arts, and always as part of and in harmony with the total College community.
Major: The music major is designed to develop musical skills, knowledge, and attitudes. Professors place special emphasis on encouraging and developing creativity. Students majoring in music may complete a liberal arts music program or may elect to complete a track in music performance, or music composition.
Minor: The music minor is designed to enable students who concentrate in other disciplines to receive training in music theory, history, and performance.
CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL TICKETS ON SALE
Tickets to the ninth annual Westmont Christmas Festival go on sale Thursday, Nov. 14, at 5 p.m. This year’s performance, “Prepare the Way,” will be held Dec. 6-7 at 8 p.m.and Dec. 8 at 3 p.m., all at First Presbyterian Church, 21 E. Constance Ave. Tickets ($10 for adults; $5 for children under 17) can only be purchased online at:westmont.edu/christmasfestival.
All tickets to a special benefit concert on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 3 p.m. are $25 each and will support the Westmont Choir’s tour to Russia in spring 2014.
MUSICIANS SHOWCASE TALENTS IN NOVEMBER
Westmont student composers, vocalists and instrumentalists perform in several concerts this November. All performances are free and open to the public. For more information, please call the music department at (805) 565-6040.
The new works of student composers highlight the Composers Concert on Friday, Nov. 8, at 8 p.m. in Deane Chapel.
The Westmont Orchestra, under the direction of Michael Shasberger, Adams professor for music and worship, will showcase patriotic songs at the Veteran’s Day Orchestra Concert on Sunday, Nov. 10, at 2:30 p.m. in First Presbyterian Church, 21
E. Constance Ave.
The String Chamber Ensemble performs Friday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. in Deane Chapel.
The Wind Chamber Concert, under the direction of Paul Mori, is Sunday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m. in Deane Chapel.
John Enrico Douglas directs the Jazz Concert on Wednesday, Nov. 20, at 8 p.m. in Deane Chapel.
The Vocal Chamber Concert, under the direction of Grey Brothers, is Sunday, Nov. 24, at 7 p.m. in Deane Chapel.
WESTMONT MUSIC DEPARTMENT IS BACK ON TWITTER
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WESTMONT MUSIC DEPARTMENT WELCOMES DR. HAN SOO KIM
Violinist, Han Soo Kim, an award-winning and internationally accomplished artist who has performed to critical acclaim in over a dozen countries on four continents has joined our faculty team here in the music department. He has been praised by many audiences around the world for his passion, sensitivity, and charisma. His knowledge and versatility allow him to perform a diverse mix of musical styles ranging from the standard works to avant-garde contemporary repertoire.
Dr. Kim has concertized extensively as a solo performer, duo-recitalist, and chamber musician. In the United States, he has performed in some of the nation’s most prominent venues including Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Boston Symphony Hall, Weill Recital Hall and Isaac Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall, Cutler Majestic Theater, Jordan Hall, Kaufmann Concert Hall and The Kennedy Center. Performances have also led him to world renowned conservatories, music schools and festivals including Boston Conservatory, Académie Internationale de Courchevel, Columbia University, Le Domaine Forget International Music Festival, The Juilliard School, Longy School of Music, Manhattan School of Music, Mannes College, Meadowmount School of Music, Morningside Music Bridge, Musicorda, New England Conservatory, and Stony Brook University. He has appeared as a soloist in concerto performances with orchestras including works by Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Prokofiev, Saint-Saens, as well as six contemporary world premieres. Read more.