The Music Department at Western Washington University is centered around a community of collaboration and support where all are welcome and encouraged to learn, explore and create in a positive nurturing environment. Please enjoy this video about the Music Department. Western graduates become successful teachers, performers, composers and leaders in all fields of music. The strength of Western’s Department of Music is its faculty’s commitment to students and helping them achieve their goals and aspirations. The Department of Music encourages and promotes participation from those students whose academic interests lie outside the arts, yet who have the appropriate experience and the dedication to succeed in our department. With more than five hundred students participating in our music program, there are opportunities for performance and academic study at many levels of involvement. The department is a full member of the National Association of Schools of Music.
The Department of Music offers one general and four professional undergraduate programs leading to baccalaureate degrees in music. The general degree program, Bachelor of Arts in Music, provides a liberal arts education with music as the major subject. The four professional undergraduate programs, Bachelor of Music, emphasize the development of proficiency in the major area: music education, performance, history and literature, and composition. The BMus in Music Education has two areas of emphasis: P-12 instrumental music and P-12 general music, and P-12 choral music and P-12 general music. State certification to teach is received concurrently with the granting of the degree. Western’s music education curriculum is constructed to result in a minimum of two endorsements. Please visit our website for more information regarding ensemble auditions at cfpa.wwu.edu/ensemble-auditions.
Ensembles and GUR Courses
A variety of large and small ensembles are open to all WWU students, regardless of major. While most ensembles require an audition, we offer two choirs and one band that can be joined without prior placement, University Tenor/Bass & Treble Choirs and Viking Pep Band. Auditioned ensembles include: Symphonic Band, Wind Symphony, Symphony Orchestra, String Sinfonia, Concert Choir, Western Voices, Jazz Big Band & Combo, Chamber Music (in all instruments and voice), as well as Opera Scenes and full Opera Productions. All music ensembles present public programs throughout the year, and several ensembles participate in annual tours.
We offer several music courses open to all students in the University that additionally qualify as General University Requirements, GURs. Music courses open to all students in the University include: The Art of Listening to Music, Fundamentals of Music, Pop and Rock Music Survey, Intro to Country Music, Intro to Hip-Hop, Survey of Video Game Music, Survey of World Musical Cultures, among others. Please visit our website for more information regarding ensemble auditions at cfpa.wwu.edu/ensemble-auditions.
Advisement (please read carefully)
The Department of Music provides individual advisement and program planning for all students completing a major or minor in music. Those that are interested in becoming a major or minor should reference each major and minor catalog for more details.
PATRICK ROULET (1994-2004; 2014) Chair and Associate Professor. BM University of Michigan; MM Boston University; DMA, University of Washington.
CHRISTOPHER BIANCO (2006) Professor, Director of Bands. BME, Northwestern University; MM, University of Montana; DMA, the University of Texas-Austin.
PATRICIA BOURNE (2012) Professor, Music Education Coordinator. BME, Murray State University; MME, University of Oklahoma; Ed. D, Arizona State University.
ANGELA BROEKER (2019) Assistant Professor. DMA, University of Oklahoma; MM and BME, Indiana University.
GUSTAVO CAMACHO (2014) Associate Professor. BME, New Mexico State University; MM and DMA, Arizona State University.
GRANT DONNELLAN (2000) Professor. BM, Oberlin Conservatory; MM, Yale University.
RYAN K. DUDENBOSTEL (2014) Associate Professor, Director of Orchestra Studies. BM, Western Washington University; MM, University of Missouri-Kansas City; DMA UCLA.
DAVID FEINGOLD (1980) Associate Professor. BA, Sarah Lawrence College; MA, Western Washington University.
TIMOTHY FITZPATRICK (2006) Professor BM, Western Washington University; MM, University of Texas-Austin; MM, Western Washington University.
JOHN FRIESEN (1998) Professor. BMus, University of British Columbia; MMus, Julliard; DMA, University of Southern California.
JEFFREY GILLIAM (1992) Professor. BMus, Eastman School of Music; MMus, University of Michigan.
CHARLES HALKA (2018) Assistant Professor. DMA, Rice University; MM, BM, Peabody Conservatory.
BRUCE HAMILTON (2002) Associate Professor. BM, MM, DM, Indiana University.
MILICA JELACA JOVANOVIC (2004) Professor. BMUS, University of Belgrade; DMA, University of Michigan; MM, Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory; PhD, University of Michigan.
JAMES RAY (2019) Assistant Professor. BM, Central Washington University; MA, Western Oregon University; DMA, Boston University.
ERIC RIEGER (2018) Assistant Professor. BM, Eastman School of Music; MM, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland; DMA, Eastman School of Music.
LESLEY SOMMER (1997) Associate Professor. BM, MM, DM, Indiana University.
BERTIL H. VAN BOER (1996) Professor. AB, University of California, Berkeley; MA, University of Oregon; PhD, Uppsala University.
KEVIN WOODS (2015) Assistant Professor. BA, Western Washington University; MM, University of Colorado-Boulder.
FELICIA YOUNGBLOOD (2019) Assistant Professor. BA, Catawba College; MM and PhD, Florida State University
Affiliate Music Faculty
HOLLY ALCORN, Voice
JON BASH, Music Theory, Online Video Game Music
ERIKA BLOCK, Clarinet
LAURA CAMACHO, Violin
GREGORY COX, Trombone
MARK DAVIES, Voice and Opera
HEATHER DUDENBOSTEL, Voice
GREG FEINGOLD, Jazz Bass
GUNNAR FOLSOM, Percussion
VINCE GREEN, Trumpet
THOMAS HARRIS, Jazz Ensembles
ERIC KEAN, Viola
GABRIEL MANALAC, Collaborative Pianist
REBECCA MANALAC, Collaborative Pianist
LISA McCARTHY, Flute
JONATHAN MCCULLOUGH, Electroacoustic Music
KENDRA MCLEAN, Percussion
BEN MUSA, Double Bass
PAT NELSON, Bassoon
MELISSA PLAGEMANN, Voice
AIMEE RIEGER, Violin
RACHEL ROULET, Collaborative Pianist
JAY ROZENDAAL, Voice and Opera
CARLA J. RUTSCHMAN, Tuba
LUCAS SENGER, Online Hip Hop, AECI
AMY SMART, Online Country Music
TODD SMITH, Music History, Composition
ZACHARY SMITH, Instrumental Music Education
JORDAN WATSON, Online Electronic Music and Technology
JENNIFER WEEKS, Oboe
KATHRYN WELD, Voice
JILL WHITMAN, Harp
JEANETTE WICKELL, Online World Music
JUDITH WIDRIG, Piano
FRED WINKLER, Saxophone
KAY ZAVISLAK, Piano
The music department awards scholarships to incoming music and non-major/minor students through an Entrance Audition on their primary instrument or voice, during primary audition dates. Consult the website for information regarding our auditions. cfpa.wwu.edu/music/auditions
Returning (continuing) students are eligible for scholarships based on merit, progress, and growth while a student at Western. Music scholarships for returning students are awarded at the end of spring quarter and applied the following academic year.
Students are encouraged to seek additional sources of scholarships noted in the financial aid office: www.finaid.wwu.edu/scholarships/
For further information, contact the music advisor, PAC 263, at 360-650-4091 or refer to the website cfpa.wwu.edu/music/advising
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