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


College ChoirThe Westmont College Choir tours the Pacific Northwest May 8-19 with California performances in Shafter, Davis, Redding and Grass Valley; Oregon performances in Klamath Falls, Medford and Salem; Washington performances in Seattle, Anacortes and Lakewood; and Vancouver British Columbia.

The choir, which includes 55 performers, will perform a selected repertoire that may include selections by Johann Bach, Ériks Ešenvalds, Dan Forrest, Ralph Vaughan Williams and emerging American composers.

In the past, the choir has toured Lithuania and Russia, England and Scotland, Guatemala and Costa Rica, and the Southwest. Read More


Aaron WilkThe Westmont Orchestra’s annual Concerto Concert, which highlights student soloists, is Thursday, April 28, at 7 p.m. in Page Multipurpose Room at Westmont and Friday, April 29, at 7 p.m. in First Presbyterian Church. General admission is $10; all students are free. Tickets can be purchased at the door or reserved by calling (805) 565-6040.

“It is an exciting showcase of some of the finest solo artists in the music program with sparkling virtuosity and charming lyricism on display,” says Michael Shasberger, Westmont Adams professor of music and orchestra conductor. “It is the final concert on our 2015-2016 season and promises to be an exciting conclusion to a beautiful year.”

The soloists include pianist Kennedy Hahn, flutist Jessica Kozachuk, soprano Meredith Mueller, violist Samantha Wilson and pianist Aaron Wilk. Wilk, who graduates this year with a 4.0 GPA as a triple major in biology, chemistry and music, begins M.D./Ph.D programs at Stanford in the fall. Read More


WilliamCellist William Ellzey of Culver City earned top honors at the fourth annual Music Guild Competition, where six high school seniors competed for Westmont music scholarships March 5. Ellzey won the Guild Scholarship, receiving up to $10,000 in annual music scholarship funds (up to $40,000 over four years) to study at Westmont. Significant music scholarships were given to the other contestants: flutist Marissa Condie of Santa Barbara, cellist Marlena Gonzalez of Los Angeles, soprano Nyajima Tut of Minneapolis, pianist Christina Yang of Diamond Bar and oboist Bethany Yew of San Marino.

Ellzey, who performed “Concerto in D minor” by Édouard Lalo and “Cello Suite No. 1” by Johann Sebastian Bach, is a senior at Southern California Christian Academy. He has performed with the Los Angeles Youth Orchestra, the Culver City High School orchestra, First Baptist Culver City String Quartet and various ensembles through the Los Angeles Junior Chamber Music program. He also plays piano and hopes to major in cello performance in college.

“All six finalists are marvelous young musicians and each performed beautifully,” Shasberger said. “Everyone in attendance was blessed by the grace and expressiveness of the performances. We hope these six musicians will continue performing together at Westmont, forming life-long friendships in their musical journey.” 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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