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


11th Annual Westmont Christmas FestivalTickets to the Eleventh Annual Westmont Christmas Festival: "I Will Give You As A Light To The Nations" are on sale now and can be purchased by clicking here! Or you may copy and paste the following link into your web browser:

For this year’s festival we have opened up a Saturday matinee performance at regular ticket prices to accommodate the demand for tickets that our audience has demonstrated in recent years. So as not to overburden our musicians, there will not be a formal dress rehearsal on Thursday evening prior to the opening of the festival that has been an option in the past for those who could not obtain tickets to the weekend performances. We hope that the four concert presentations on the weekend will allow everyone who desires to attend the opportunity to do so.

You may purchase up to four tickets to any Christmas concert with the exception of the Saturday matinee concert. For that performance in particular, you may purchase any amount of tickets. Funds received for the Saturday matinee will go towards our ensemble tours. If you have any questions regarding general public admission you may call (805) 565-6040 or email

It's bound to be a wonderful Christmas season. We hope you'll join us as we remember our Lord Jesus Christ!


Westmont Quartet Westmont student musicians and composers present five diverse concerts this month, all free and in Deane Chapel on Westmont’s lower campus. For more information, please contact the music department at (805) 565-6040.

The Composer’s Concert on Friday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. highlights new works by Westmont student composers performed by both fellow students and the composers themselves. Robert Chu, Alexander Dill, Jonathan Lindsley, Jay Real and Jason Tong, will present their recently completed compositions, including works for piano, chorus, piano quintet and other ensembles.

Dr. Chan Ho Yun, director of Montecito International Music Festival and faculty at Colburn School of Music and Claremont Graduate University, teaches a masterclass on Saturday, Nov. 14, from 4-7 p.m. The performance is free and open to the public. Westmont’s top music students will perform pieces by Bach, Mendelssohn, Mozart and more. 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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