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


Westmont OrchestraThe Westmont College Orchestra performs at several Northern California cities Feb. 12-15 as part of its annual spring tour. The Orchestra Tour to Yosemite includes performances in San Luis Obispo, Sacramento, Nevada City and Oakhurst. Admission is free to all performances, although a goodwill offering will be taken.

The 60-member orchestra, under the direction of Michael Shasberger, will perform Tchaikovsky’s “Romeo and Juliet, Fantasy Overture,” “Music for Shakespeare” by Edward Green and “At Shakespeare’s Tomb” by Emily Rutherford. Six members of the Westmont Chapel Band will also travel and perform select pieces.

“The orchestra’s annual tour is a highlight of the season for the musicians and a tremendous outreach for Westmont,” Shasberger says. “It brings Westmont’s story to wide-ranging and diverse audiences and heightens the performance skills and experiences of our students.”

The tour ventures to Yosemite National Park prior to the Feb. 15 concert. The orchestra will visit Crescenta Valley High School for a musical exchange and clinic with their symphony orchestra and string orchestra on Feb. 16.

Here is the complete itinerary:

1. Grace Church in San Luis Obispo
1350 Osos St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Friday, Feb. 12, at 7 p.m.

2. Faith Presbyterian Church
625 Florin Road, Sacramento, CA 95831
Saturday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m.

3. Sierra Presbyterian Church
175 Ridge Road, Nevada City, CA 95959
Sunday, Feb. 14, at 2 p.m.

4. Sierra Vista Presbyterian Church
39696 Highway 41, Oakhurst, CA 93644
Monday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m.


Dr. ShasbergerThe Westmont Orchestra celebrates the life of William Shakespeare (1582-1616) on the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death at its Spring Orchestra Concert on Friday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. in Hahn Hall at Music Academy of the West, 1070 Fairway Road, and Sunday, Feb. 21, at 3 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 contact the music department at (805) 565-6040. The 60-member orchestra, under the direction of Michael Shasberger, will perform Tchaikovsky’s “Romeo and Juliet, Fantasy Overture,” “Music for Shakespeare” by Edward Green and “At Shakespeare’s Tomb” by alumna Emily Rutherford ’15. Read More


Music BuildingThe 2015-2016 Music Department Season Calendar is now available for viewing online. Click here to view this years music events. We are excited for the upcoming year and are thrilled for the Orchestra's tenth year anniversary. If there are any changes throughout the school year, we'll keep this calendar current. 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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