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 Choir Tours San Joaquin Valley

College ChoirThe Westmont College Choir tours Central California April 10-12 with performances in San Luis Obispo, Chowchilla, Visalia and Santa Barbara. The choir of 60 student singers will perform a selected repertoire from their entire concert season, especially works by emerging American composers.
“We’re delighted to present a stunning new work by American composer Eric Whitacre,” says Michael Shasberger, Adams professor of music and worship. “It’s a radiant mixture of storytelling and music that shimmers like the famous windows of Saint Chapelle (in Paris).” The program includes other American composers, such as Jake Runestad, Connor Koppin, Shawn Kirchner, Deeann Matthews, and a sprinkling of works by Bach, Palestrina, Christiansen and other timeless masters. Read More


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 support the orchestra today by donating online through our Giving Page found here.


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