Music Festivals, Workshops & Summer Camps

The Western Oregon University Music Department sponsors and hosts high school music festivals for choirs, bands & orchestras on an annual basis. Additionally, WOU hosts the annual Composer’s Workshop and the Mel Brown Summer Jazz Camp. Please select the link below to obtain general information, guidelines, and application materials.

Vocal Music Festival

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General Information  
The annual WOU High School Choral Festival is designed to provide a positive, early-year performance opportunity while fostering educational experiences through mass choir performances, guest clinicians, sectional rehearsals, and recording opportunities. It is non-competitive and offers separate clinics after each ensemble’s performance.



Great Western Music Championships



The 36th annual Western Oregon University Great Western Music Championships (Band & Orchestra)

Thursday-Friday April 5-6, 2018 – in WOU’s Rice Auditorium

Festival adjudicators are Karl Raschkes, Dave Mathys, Dave Becker, and Ben Brooks.

The festival is open to high school bands and orchestras regardless of classification. Please use the following links to download the invitation letter and application form. For additional information contact Dr. Ike Nail at 503.838.8341

Percussion Festival

Percussion Festival 2018



Composers Workshop

Composers Workshop XIII 2017

Western Oregon University presents its annual Composers Workshop that features guest composers & performers throughout the academic year. The workshop aims to foster the creation, growth and appreciation of contemporary music in the University’s local and regional communities by providing a forum of composition-related topics, presentations, and performances for the following clientele: Composers of any age who are at the early and formative stages of their creative activities; Studio and classroom music teachers engaged in teaching beginning composition techniques; Western Oregon University students and faculty; and Community members.

DAVE METZGER – April 28, 2017

Dave Metzger MetzgerStudio1is a composer as well as an orchestrator with a long track record of success. Among his strengths are his versatility and his exquisite attention to detail. He is equally comfortable composing broad lyrical music for full symphony orchestra, as well as synth grooves for contemporary urban music. In addition, he has a reputation in the industry for his craftsmanship and efficiency. He orchestrates all of his own scores, and he was the sole orchestrator for Moana, G. I. Joe, Ice Age 3, Night At The Museum 2, Bolt,Training DayAugust Rush, Shooter, and Tarzan, among others. Dave has also worked on Broadway and was nominated for a Tony award for his orchestration of The Lion King. Other recent composition and orchestration stints include his collaborations on Frozen, Dr. Suess’ The LoraxCaptain America, X-Men: First Class, Kung Fu Panda 2, Rio, and How To Train Your Dragon. Dave’s orchestrations for the songs in Disney’s Frozen and Tarzan have garnered him an Academy Award, a Grammy Award, and two multi-Platinum recordings. Here is a list of Dave’s achievements:
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  • Academy Award nomination for best Song from “Moana” (2017)
  • Academy Award  Best Animated Feature Film and Best Song for “Frozen” (2013)
  • Tony Award nomination for Best Orchestrations for his work on “The Lion King” (1998)
  • Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Orchestrations for “The Lion King” (1998)
  • DVDX winner Best Original Score in a DVD Premiere Movie “Tarzan 2” (2006)
  • DVDX nomination Best Original Score in a DVD Premiere Movie “Tarzan & Jane (2003)
  • Grammy Award for the “Tarzan” soundtrack (1999)
  • Grammy Award for “The Lion King” cast recording (1998)
  • Multi Platinum record for “Tarzan”
  • Multi Platinum record for “Frozen”
  • Platinum record for “The Lion King”


  • 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM: Composition, Orchestration, and the Film Music Industry (Smith Hall 122)
  • 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM: Film Scoring Masterclass (Smith Hall 122)
  • 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM: Luncheon with Q&A Session (Health & Wellness Center 205)

For more information please contact: Dr. Kevin Walczyk:

Workshop Poster


ERIC EWAZEN – May 19, 2017

Eric Ewazen was born in 1954 in Cleveland, Ohio. Receiving a B.M. At the Eastman School of Music, and M.M. and D.M.A. degrees from The Juilliard School, his teachers include Milton Babbitt, Samuel Adler, Warren Benson, Joseph Schwantner and Gunther Schuller. He is a recipient of numerous composition awards and prizes. His works have been commissioned and performed by many soloists, chamber ensembles and orchestras in the U.S. and overseas. His works are recorded on Summit Records, d’Note Records, CRS Records, New World, Clique Track, Helicon, Hyperion, Cala, Albany and Emi Classics. Two of his solo CD’s featuring his chamber music are available on Well-Tempered Productions. Three additional solo CD’s, one featuring his orchestral music, another his music for low brass instruments, and a third, his music for string orchestra, are available on Albany Records. A sixth solo Cd of his music for percussion is available on Resonator Records. New World Records has released his concerto for brass quintet, “Shadowcatcher” with the American Brass Quintet and The Juilliard Wind Ensemble, conducted by Mark Gould of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Individual works of Eric Ewazen have recently been released by the Ahn Trio, Julie Giacobassi of the San Francisco Symphony, Charles Vernon of the Chicago Symphony, Koichiro Yamamoto of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Ronald Barron of the Boston Symphony, Doug Yeo of the Boston Symphony, Steve Witser of the Cleveland Orchestra, Joe Alessi and Philip Smith of the New York Philharmonic, the Horn Section of the New York Philharmonic, the Summit Brass Ensemble and the American Brass Quintet. His music is published by Southern Music Company, International Trombone Association Manuscript Press, Keyboard Publications, Manduca Music, Encore Music, Triplo Music, and Brass Ring Editions. Recent works include “Legacy” commissioned for the Bi-Centennial of West Point and performed by the USMA Band in Carnegie Hall and “Flight”, commissioned by the USAF Heritage of America Band at Langley AFB, VA, celebrating the 100th anniversary of powered flight. Recent premieres of his Orchestral and Wind Ensemble works have been given by the Charleston (SC) Symphony, West Virginia Symphony, Orquesta Sinfonica de Tenerife in Spain, Orquesta Sinfonica Carlos Chavez in Mexico City, Orchestre de la Garde Republicaine in Paris, the Jeju Music Festival Wind Ensemble in Korea and the Moment Musicale Orchestra of Taiwan. He has been a guest at almost 100 Universities and colleges throughout the world in recent years including, Curtis, Eastman, Peabody, Indiana U., UCLA, U. of Texas, U. of Hawaii, Birmingham (UK) Conservatory, the Conservatory of Santa Cruz (Spain) and Boston Conservatory. He has been a faculty member at Juilliard since 1980.


  • 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Lecture, Masterclass, and Q&A session (Smith Hall 108)
  • 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: Rehearsal Techniques: Composers & Ensembles in Communication (Smith Hall 121)

For more information please contact: Dr. Kevin Walczyk:


Mel Brown Summer Jazz Camp

Music Department | Smith Hall | | 503-838-8275