Music Study at Willamette
The Willamette University music department offers students a program of rigorous and intensive training in specialized music disciplines combined with a balance of music core courses in theory, history and literature all within a broad spectrum of courses in other liberal arts disciplines. For the major and non-major alike, the department offers music study and performance through individual instruction, chamber music, large ensembles and general music courses, many of which meet the fine arts requirements of the University's general education program.
The Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center houses the 450-seat Jerry E. Hudson Concert Hall, a rehearsal hall, percussion studio, faculty teaching studios, practice rooms and the music department administrative offices. The adjoining Smith Fine Arts Building houses rehearsal rooms, music classrooms, faculty studios and offices, practice rooms, and the 1250 seat G. Herbert Smith Auditorium. A tracker-action organ is housed in Cone Chapel located in Waller Hall while Hudson Hall in the Rogers Center features a digital electronic organ. The music section of the University library contains a comprehensive and up-to-date collection of music scores, books, microfilm, CDs, videotapes, DVD's and archival recordings. Ford Hall houses music production and recording studios, as well as the 15 station Digital Music Lab. A selection of band, orchestra and percussion instruments are available for loan to music students.
Admission, Scholarships and Financial Aid
Music students applying for admission may audition before members of the music faculty for a music scholarship. If an applicant is unable to appear personally, a performance CD may be sent in lieu of the personal audition and interview.
A number of music scholarships, as well as other forms of institutional financial aid are awarded to entering students. Student employment opportunities under the Federal Work-Study program also are available to music students; these include accompanying, work in the music office and various secretarial and clerical jobs for music faculty.
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. The major performing ensembles of the department tour regularly throughout the Northwest, California and Canada.
Guest artists with the Grace Goudy Distinguished Artists Series perform and present master classes on campus while the New Music at Willamette series, under the guidance of the Swindells Professor of Music presents programs in modern and contemporary music. In addition, the Music Department sponsors a weekly student recital that provides students an opportunity to perform before faculty and peers and to experience repertoire from various media and music historical periods. All music majors are encouraged to perform in these recitals and all performance majors are required to do so at least once each semester.
The following music ensembles are open by audition during Opening Days in August to all Willamette University students regardless of proposed major.
- Chamber Choir
- Chamber Music Ensembles
- Dramatic Vocal Arts Ensemble
- Flute Ensemble
- Willamette Jazz Collective
- Jazz Combos
- Male Ensemble Willamette
- Salem Chamber Orchestra
- University Chamber Orchestra
- Voce Femminile
- Waller String Quartet
- Willamette Singers (Vocal Jazz Ensemble)
- Wind Ensemble
Music majors are required to participate in an ensemble every semester. At the beginning of every year, a Music Student Handbook is distributed to all prospective music majors. The Handbook outlines departmental policies and contains sample curricula from the various music major programs.