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. Students may also earn the professional Bachelor of Music Education (B.M.E.) degree that leads to a public school teacher credential program

Minor: The music minor is designed to enable students who concentrate in other disciplines to receive training in music theory, history, and performance.

Career Choices
Traditionally, people have tended to view a music major as useful for persons who wish to perform or teach. However, many students are finding rewarding careers in music outside of performing and teaching. Exciting opportunities exist in church music, music publishing, music management, music business, recording, broadcasting and other areas. The music major at Westmont is designed to provide a solid foundation in music and yet offer enough flexibility for a student to earn a legitimate liberal arts degree and prepare for a variety of careers.

For students seeking a career in classroom teaching, the Music Department offers the Bachelor of Music Education degree and teacher certification program in conjunction with the Department of Education. Westmont College is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.

Music News


Andy RadfordThe Westmont Orchestra Concerto Concert, featuring guest conductor AndyRadford, isThursday, April 27, at 7 p.m. in Westmont’s Page Hall and Friday, April 28, at 7 p.m. in First Presbyterian Church. Tickets, which cost $10 for general admission (students are free), may be purchased at the door. For more information, please contact the music department at (805) 565-6040 or email

The orchestra will perform music by Johannes Brahms, Bach, Georges Bizet, Camille Saint-Saens, Claude Debussy, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and contemporary composer Karen Tanaka.

Soloists include oboist Chyna Charbonneau, violinist Lalia Mangione, violist Erik Fauss, soprano Elena White, violinist Andrea Larez and harpist Mia Dortch. Read More


The Westmont Orchestra made the Santa Barbara News-Press. To read the article please click here!


ChoirorchestraThe month of April features several free concerts with select ensembles of Westmont students and faculty. For more information, please call the music department at (805) 565-6040.

The Composer’s Concert on Friday, April 7, at 7 p.m. in Deane Chapel highlights new works by Westmont student composers performed by both fellow students and the composers themselves.

The Vocal Chamber Concert, featuring works by Rutter, Vivaldi, Poulenc and others, is Sunday, April 9, at 7 p.m. in Trinity Episcopal Church. Read More


Guild competition Violinist Anna Stenzel (Far Left) of Illinois earned top honors at the fifth annual Music Guild Competition March 4, where six high school seniors competed for Westmont music scholarships. Stenzel won the Guild Scholarship, receiving $10,000 in annual music scholarship funds (up to $40,000 over four years) to study at Westmont, in addition to her initial violin scholarship award and Presidential Academic Scholarship. The other finalists, violinists Jenna Walters of Knoxville and Christina Dubell of Orange County; violist Cameron Audras of Oak Park; cellist Logan Hodson of Sierra Madre and vocalist Elaina Crenshaw of Ventura, each received $10,000 in total music scholarship as well as a Ruth Kerr Memorial Scholarship, two Presidential Scholarships and two Augustinian Scholarships. Read More


Andrea and Lalia Graduating Senior Andrea Larez (Left) and recently graduated Senior Lalia Mangione (Right) were awarded with the Outstanding Senior Award in music on Wednesday April 5th, 2017 at the Westmont Awards Convocation Chapel.

Lalia Mangione has tremendous musical talent and strong work ethic. She has diligence and determination to achieve her maximum potential. She is one of the strongest musicians of her class—winning the Guild competition. She has won two concerto competitions at Westmont and was a laureate in several scholarship award events and competition. She has shown strong leadership and responsibility as concertmaster of Westmont Orchestra and has travelled to many retirement centers and nursing homes to share her musical talent with the Santa Barbara community. She is warm-hearted and helps others in need, and has brought so much joy and positive energy to our department.

Andrea Larez has such wonderful talent. What we respect in her the most is her perseverance. She is often the first one in the music building in the early morning hours to practice and many times is the last one to leave the building at night. She has served as concertmaster for many years, has won scholarships and awards, and has shown great accomplishments over the years. She is a perfectionist and sets a very high expectation for everything she does. She has the innate sincerity and kindness that make her a delightful and genuine young woman. She is highly respected by her classmates and our department applauds her for many achievements.


WAVEWestmont College is pleased to announce an exciting summer opportunity for your students. Our Westmont Academy for Vocal Excellence (WAVE) will debut this summer! The week long workshop will run from July 2 to July 9 on the beautiful Westmont College campus in Santa Barbara and is designed for high school aged singers who wish to take their singing and musicianship to the next level.

Each participant will receive daily voice lessons, training in music theory and sight-singing, workshops on audition and performance skills, choral and stage performance opportunities, and much more. Please see the brochure for the event (which can also be downloaded from the WAVE website linked above) and share it with any students who might be interested.

You may send any inquiries to the WAVE program director Dr. Linda DiFiore at or call (940) 206-0898 with any questions.


InstrummentThe 2016-2017 Music Department Season Calendar is available for viewing online. Click here to view this years music events. If there are any changes throughout the school year, we'll keep this calendar current. You can also subscribe to our facebook page for event reminders! Make sure to bookmark the calendar page so you can stay up-to-date on the latest news. For questions or more information please email or call (805) 565-6040.


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