Music Festivals, Workshops & Summer Camps

The Western Oregon University Music Department sponsors and hosts music festivals for choirs, bands & orchestras on a regular basis. Additionally, WOU hosts the annual Composer’s Workshop. 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 & Middle 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.


Western Oregon Brass Festival

Saturday, March 16, 2019.

The Western University Brass Festival is an annual event that brings world class brass artists and educators to Western Oregon for a day of clinics, masterclasses, exhibits, and performances. This year’s guest artists are brass pedagogue Jan Kagarice, low brass specialist Dr. Noel Wallace, and WOU trumpet professor Dr. Keith Karns. This event is open to musicians of all ages and experience levels.

For more information click here or contact Dr. Keith Karns

Great Western Music Championships



The 37th annual Western Oregon University Great Western Music Championships (Band & Orchestra)

Thursday-Friday April 4-5, 2019 – in WOU’s Rice Auditorium

Festival adjudicators are TBD.

The festival is open to high school bands and orchestras regardless of classification. Please register using the online registration form by clicking on 2019 INFORMATION. For additional information contact Julia Harrington at 503-838-8275.

Percussion Festival

Percussion Festival 2019



Composers Workshop

Composers Workshop 2019

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.

    For more information please contact: Dr. Kevin Walczyk:



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