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Music Study at Willamette

Engages students simultaneously with the masterworks of the past along with the creations of modern and contemporary music in many genres.

Our program is modeled on the knowledge that music is not only one of the oldest of the liberal arts but is also a living art informed by the culture of its time. Through a comprehensive program of performance, composition, improvisation, music historical and theoretical studies, coupled with work in a broad spectrum of courses in other disciplines, students emerge with a solid foundation in technique and an artistic vision developed through close reading, listening and performing in a variety of contexts.

Our music faculty is one of the strongest in the Northwest. Creativity is modeled by each of our faculty members through performance and composition at the highest professional level. Such experience is generously passed along to each student through individual lessons or tutorials in voice, instrument or composition.

Performance opportunities abound, from solo performances to chamber music and jazz groups to our larger student ensembles including Chamber Choir, University Chamber Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Collective, Willamette Singers, and Dramatic Vocal Arts Ensemble.

Admitted students

A number of music scholarships, as well as other forms of institutional financial aid are awarded to entering students. The Music Handbook outlines departmental policies and contains sample curricula from the various music major programs.

Concerts and Recitals

The Music Department presents a regular series of concerts and recitals performed by university ensembles, students and faculty. Music students and faculty engage in extensive concert activities both on and off campus.

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Music Ensembles

Music ensembles are open by audition during Opening Days in August to all Willamette University students regardless of proposed major. Music majors are required to participate in an ensemble every semester. 

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Upcoming Event

Fetes Galantes Concert (9/15/2016)

A concert featuring string quartet performances inspired by early 18th century French painting.

Upcoming Event

Family Weekend (10/14/2016 - 10/16/2016)

Join the Willamette community this fall for an action-packed weekend. Events (both free and...

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Upcoming Event

Jazz Night at Family Weekend (10/14/2016)

Willamette Music Department Presents Willamette Singers, the Jazz Collective and Willamette Jazz...