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


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.



CathedralAfter a short exciting trip to Russia and Lithuania, the college choir and chamber singers have returned safely home stateside. "It was a marvelous tour for the singers who had great spirit, fine singing, much laughter and made many fond memories," says Dr. Shasberger, director of the Westmont College choir. "The singers did a tremendous job and represented their country, their school, and their faith with the greatest of character throughout the trip."

The College Choir and Chamber singers spent three days touring in Southern California before heading to Lithuania where they stayed in the dorms of the Lithuania Christian College International University. There, they spent five nights in Vilnius and Klaipeda, performed in two concerts, sang in Mass, and took several tours.

On May 12th, the choir took a flight into Moscow which began the Russian portion of the trip where they spent the next six nights performing in concerts, collaborating in choral exchanges with Russian choirs, and visiting well known locations like the Hermitage Palace, and Red Square. Both Moscow and Saint Petersburg provided a variety of Russian culture to which the students warmly engaged in.

Some highlights of the trip included a tour of the KGB Museum in Vilnius, choral exchanges with the Tchaikovsky Conservatory Choir and the choir at the Academy of Choral Music in Russia, guided tours of the Kremlin, and Hermitage Palace as well as concerts in each city the choir visited.



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.



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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