The music department offers comprehensive programs and services to students and the surrounding community, including professional and liberal arts degrees in music and an active schedule of performances. The department supports large and small ensembles in vocal and instrumental music, and up-to-date facilities for electronic music production and recording. Course offerings in Western classical music, jazz, musical theatre, music technology, ethnomusicology, composition, and American Vernacular traditions abound.
- Develop artistic proficiency for careers in music as performers, composers, writers, producers and academics.
- Develop an awareness of the role of musical arts in society and increase the student’s potential as a professional.
- Engage in musical performances that provide experience for the students themselves, as well as providing a cultural resource for the University and the community.
The music program at Western Oregon
University, fully accredited by
the National Association of Schools
of Music (NASM), gives students
an opportunity for broad study
in music, as well as a concentration
in an area of particular interest,
including vocal and instrumental
performance studies, conducting,
jazz studies, studio teaching,
composition and arranging, media production,
audio production, and American popular music. Students graduating
with a music degree from Western
Oregon University can pursue graduate
degrees in music, pursue careers
in the music industry, or seek
Western Oregon University offers the following degree programs in music:
- Master of Music in Contemporary Music
- Bachelor of Music in Contemporary Music, including:
- Jazz Studies emphasis
- Popular Music emphasis
- Musical Theatre emphasis
- Bachelor of Arts in Music
- Bachelor of Science in Music
- Music minor
- MAT: Initial Licensure (through the College of Education)
H. Smith Music Hall includes lecture
rooms, rehearsal rooms, practice
rooms, and a 200-seat recital
hall for chamber music recitals
and performances. The Leonard
W. Rice auditorium seats 619 and
serves as the large-ensemble venue and the Edgar H. Smith Fine Arts Series. The Academic Programs and Support building houses faculty offices, a piano lab, midi lab, and a state-of-the-art recording
Western Oregon University offers
opportunities for students to
perform with numerous ensembles,
including the wind ensemble, symphony
Hemispheres Orchestra (jazz ensemble), percussion
ensemble, concert choir, Western Hemisphere voices, chamber singers, music
theater, opera workshop, multiple jazz combos, brass ensemble, string ensemble, and Orquestra Brasil.
In addition to university awards,
scholarships are available through
the music department for students
majoring or minoring in music.
For more information visit the scholarships page (application forms and guidelines
are available in PDF format).