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.

Music News


ShasbergerLooking for something to do this Friday night, February 27th? Join us for the Spring Faculty Recital in Deane Chapel at 7pm to hear our esteemed and talented music faculty as they perform works by Chopin, Bach, Bizet, and more!

Egle Januleviciute, piano
Andrea Di Maggio, Flute
Dr. Paul Mori, bassoon
Dr. Nichole Dechaine, soprano
Dr. Michael Shasberger, baritone
Dr. Christopher Davis, piano
Dr. Han Soo Kim, violin
Seungah Seo, piano
Trey Farrell, oboe
Joanne Kim, clarinet
Bethany Stevens, horn

Admission is free but donations are warmly welcome. Hope to see you there!


This is a reminder that prospective students have one week to file their music scholarship application in order to be eligible to receive priority consideration for funding for next year. Applications received as of March 1 will be reviewed as funding is available, but frequently we give out the vast majority of our funding shortly after the March 1 filing date. Don’t be left out! Complete your application form and audition (either live or by following the simple instructions for submitting a recorded audition) before this coming Sunday, March 1. We want to hear you audition!


MasterworksThis concert features two great choral works of the classic period: Te Deum in C and The Lord Nelson Mass. One from the mind of a 13 year old genius and the other the crowning work of an old master. The young Mozart wrote the Te Deum after his first Italian tour and shows in this work his mastery of the lyric style of the Italian masters. Haydn's Mass was first performed shortly after Admiral Nelson's victory over the Napoleanic flleet at the mouth of the Nile river that was a major turning point in stopping Napolean's dominance of the western world. Often called his greatest work it summarizes the elegance and power of the 18th century musical idiom. The concert will be held on Friday, 7:00 P.M. March 6th at First United Methodist Church on the corner of Garden and Anapamu. General admission is $10 and students are free!


PedestriansDo you want to see some really attractive guys play some instruments and sing with angelic voices? Do you want to witness John Miller’s locks swaying passionately around his head? Do you want to see 20 of the most talented musicians on campus perform with said men? Then look no further! The music department will be hosting a fundraising concert to help send the Westmont Orchestra to Italy! So, grab 10 bucks and head over to Porter Theater on April 25th at 8pm and/or April 26th at 3pm. We hope to see you there! To purchase tickets, contact Chyna Charbonneau at


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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