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. We work toward that objective in many ways unique to the arts, and always as part of and in harmony with the total College community. The Music department is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

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.

Department News


OrchestraMichael Shasberger, Westmont’s Adams professor of music and worship, conducts the Westmont Orchestra during the Concerto Concert on Thursday, April 24, at 7:30 p.m. in Hahn Hall at Music Academy of the West, 1070 Fairway Road, and Friday, April 25, at 8 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 21 E. Constance Ave. General admission is $10 and students are free. To purchase tickets or for more information, please call (805) 565-6040.

The performance includes several student soloists, including Samantha Wilson (viola), Lalia Mangione (violin), Isaac Kay (violin) and Rebecca Shasberger (cello). Wilson will play William Walton’s Concerto for Viola and Orchestra movement 1. Mangione will perform Édouard Lalo’s Symphonie espagnole, movement 1. Kay and Rebecca Shasberger play Johannes Brahms’ Concerto for Violin and Cello in A Minor, movement 1.

The concert also features music from the film score for “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers” and a composition of the hymn “You are My All in All.”

“This is the final concert of the Westmont music season and a celebration of the winning performers from the annual concerto competition,” Michael Shasberger says.



The Westmont Chamber Singers and Women and Men of College Choir invite you to their annual Masterworks Concert, Friday, April 11th at 8:00pm in the 1st United Methodist Church. Directed by Dr. Grey Brothers and Dr. Michael Shasberger, these ensembles will sing a varied program of some 20 inspiring choral works glorifying God. Sung in English, Latin, eastern European languages, even Swahili, these hymns, sprirtuals, motets, and other songs will both entertain you and expand your musical horizons. Works by Bach, Schutz, William Byrd, John Rutter, and more. You’re sure to enjoy this Masterworks Concert by the Westmont Chamber Singers and Women and Men of College Choir. General admission is $10 and students are free.



Westmont is pleased to announce the approval by the National Association of Schools of Music of the new Bachelor of Music Education degree starting in the fall of 2014. Students can earn the B.M.E. degree in 4 years and complete their credential preparation at Westmont in a post-baccalaureate year that includes student teaching and a number of professional education courses. Students in the B.M.E. program have opportunities for teaching in the classroom from the very first semester at Westmont! Students in recent years have successfully pursued careers in music education through the single subject teacher credential program in conjunction with the Westmont B.A. in music degree, and now this new program helps identify the professional pursuit of teaching for those not he B.M.E. program.



Given the continuing instability and the State Department travel warning, we have diverted our first 4 days on tour from Kiev to Lithuania. We have received an extraordinary welcome from the Lithuanian Christian College International University in Klaipeda and they are enthusiastically coming to our assistance with on the ground connections and arrangements. Instead of dormitory housing in Kiev, they have arranged for us to stay at the dorms at LLCIU on their beautiful new campus. They have also already arranged tour buses and hotel accommodations for our first night in Vilnius (the capitol of Lithuania). They are working on concert and church connections for us even now. We can't say enough how wonderful their response has been. Donations are still warmly welcomed, as continuing changes in our itinerary will have enexpected costs. Help send the choir to Lithuania and Russia by giving today! Click here to give!


Timmothy Beccue

Cellist Timothy Beccue of Westlake Village won Westmont’s Music Guild Competition on March 1, earning $10,000 in annual music scholarship funds (up to $40,000 over four years) to study at Westmont.

Each of the other five finalists, violist Erik Fauss of Santa Rosa, violinist Melissa Wong of San Gabriel, harpist Alexandra Nieuwsma of Martinez, bassoonist and organist Michael Rowlands of Irving, Texas, and pianist Jonathan Kok of Sammamish, Wash, earned $2,000 awards in addition to their other designated music scholarships from Westmont.

2014 Music Guild Finalists: Melissa Wong, Alexandra Nieuwsma, Timothy Beccue, Jonathan Kok, Michael Rowlands and Erik Fauss

Beccue, a member of the Junior Chamber Music of Los Angeles, has won numerous awards and performed in the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. He is a member of the American Youth Symphony and Debut Orchestra, and serves as worship leader in his church.

Grey Brothers, professor of music, Steve Butler, professor of music and music department chair, Steve Hodson, professor of music, Han Soo Kim, assistant professor of music, and Michael Shasberger, Adams professor of music and worship, judged the competition.

The Guild Scholarship program is funded by the Guild for Music at Westmont. For information about becoming a Guild member, please contact the Westmont Music Department at (805) 565-6040.



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Dr. Han Soo KimViolinist, 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.