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.

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.

Department News


Westmont Christmas Festival tickets are still available for the Friday evening and Saturday matinee performances on December 5 and 6 at Due to the expanded number of performances available this year and the plans to video portions of the event at the final rehearsal, we will not have a complete open dress rehearsal on Thursday evening this year. Individuals interested in watching the final working rehearsal and video recording on Thursday night will be admitted as the recording timing allows starting around 7:00 P.M. Individuals attending this rehearsal may be included in audience views in the video production. Please keep in mind that it won't be a complete run through of the program.


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:
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.



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