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


Westmont OrchestraThe Westmont Fall Orchestra Concert will present a diverse musical sampling by such composers as John Williams, Scott Joplin and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov on Saturday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m. in the Page Multipurpose Room at Westmont and Sunday, Nov. 2, at 3 p.m. in First Presbyterian Church. General admission to each performance is $10; students are free. To purchase tickets or obtain more information, please call (805) 565-6040.

Michael Shasberger, Adams professor of music and worship at Westmont, conducts the orchestra. He came to Westmont nine years ago after teaching at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and Colorado Christian University. Most recently, he conducted the graduate choir of the Moscow Conservatory of Music in Russia on Oct. 26. Read More



Constantine FinehouseOn Friday, Oct. 24th at 7:00 P.M. pianist Constantine Finehouse will perform works by Franz Schubert, W. A. Mozart, and Ludwig van Beethoven in recital here on campus in Deane Chapel. Constantine was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, and attended New England Conservatory, Juilliard and Yale. His principle teachers included Fredrik Wanger, Natalia Harlap, Herbert Stessin, Jerome Lowenthal, Boris Berman and Bruce Brubaker. Praised by Rhein Main Presse Allgemeine Zeitung for his "interpretations of depth and maturity,” Finehouse has performed extensively in the US (including in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island and Washington) and abroad (including in Lausanne, London, Odessa, St. Petersburg and Trieste). His newest album with cellist Sebastian Baverstam features the universally-admired Brahms Sonata, Opus 38 for piano and cello as well as several new works in the High Romantic style by Boston composer Tony Schemmer. His 2009 solo recording, Backwards Glance [Spice Rack Records 101-01], interweaves music of Johannes Brahms and Richard Beaudoin. Read More.


It's only late September, but preparations for the 10th Annual Christmas Festival are already in full swing! There will be five performances of the Christmas Festival from December 4-7 2014, including one performance that benefits the Westmont Orchestra's international tour to Italy in May of 2015.

Performance Showtimes:
Thursday, December 4, 7:00pm Open Dress Rehearsal
Friday, December 5, 8:00pm
Saturday, December 6, 3:00pm Benefit for Orchestra's Tour to Italy; No Limit on Ticket Purchases
Saturday, December 6, 8:00pm By Invitation Only
Sunday, December 7, 3:00pm

All performances will be held at First Presbyterian Church (21 E. Constance Ave.) All performances are general admission seating only. Unless otherwise mentioned, a limit of 4 tickets may be purchased because of limited seating. Due to recording purposes, doors open 10 minutes before performance time. Please bring something warm to wear while waiting in line. The small chapel will be available to those who have difficulty standing or need assistance.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on November 13 at 5:00pm. Tickets may be purchased at that time at Interested in receiving your tickets ahead of time? If you become a Music Donor by October 10, you will be able to reserve tickets in advance. Visit for more information.



Florence, ItalyDr. Michael Shasberger is excited to announce the Orchestra's plans to tour Italy in May 2015. The Orchestra will visit a number of cities rich in Italian culture and history: Rome, Florence, Venice, and a number of smaller surrounding cities. Students will visit enriching cultural sites like the Castel Sant'Angelo, Vatican City, and Cremona, the violin capital of the world. Needless to say, this exciting opportunity is not without great cost, so please do buy tickets to our fundraising events: the benefit performance of the Christmas Festival, December 6 at 3:00pm and the Valentine's Day Fundraiser. Donations may also be made through our Giving Page: please click here.



The Westmont Music Department is proud to announce the impending arrival of thirty-four music scholarship recipients for the 2014 fall semester. Scholarship applications come to the Music Department from prospective students from all over the United States and the world. Scholarship recipients' instruments range from piano, strings and voice to tuba, harp, percussion, and bassoon. We invite members of the Westmont community to attend many concerts in the 2014-2015 academic year in order to become acquainted with the new faces in our department.



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.



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