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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. Western Washington University is an accredited institutional 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.

The Department of Music offers graduate degrees in composition, conducting, history and literature, music education, and performance. The masters program at WWU emphasizes creativity and scholarship, preparing the advanced student for a career in music or providing a solid foundation for doctoral studies.

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 a placement audition, 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. Please visit our website for more information regarding ensemble auditions at cfpa.wwu.edu/ensemble-auditions.

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, Electronic Music and Technology, Iconic Music in Iconic Films, and Survey of World Musical Cultures.

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 the catalog for more details.  


PATRICK ROULET (1994-2004; 2014) Chair and Professor. BM University of Michigan; MM Boston University; DMA, University of Washington.
CHRISTOPHER BIANCO (2006) Professor. BME, Northwestern University; MM, University of Montana; DMA, the University of Texas-Austin.
PATRICIA BOURNE (2012) Professor. BME, Murray State University; MME, University of Oklahoma; Ed. D, Arizona State 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. 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.
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 JELAČA JOVANOVIĆ (2004) Professor. BM, University of Belgrade, MM, Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, DMA, University of Michigan.
ANGELA KASPER (2019) Assistant Professor. BME and MM, Indiana University, DMA, University of Oklahoma.
JAMES RAY (2019) Assistant Professor. BM, Central Washington University; MA, Western Oregon University; DMA, Boston University.
BERTIL H. VAN BOER (1996) Professor. AB, University of California, Berkeley; MA, University of Oregon; PhD, Uppsala University.
KEVIN WOODS (2015) Associate 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, Senior Instructor, Voice
ERIKA BLOCK, Senior Instructor, Clarinet
LAURA CAMACHO, Senior Instructor, Violin
GREGORY COX, Instructor, Trombone
MARK DAVIES, Senior Instructor, Voice and Opera
HEATHER DUDENBOSTEL, Instructor, Interim Director of Opera, Voice
AMY FEENEY, Instructor, tuba
GREG FEINGOLD, Instructor, Jazz Bass
GUNNAR FOLSOM, Instructor, Percussion
VINCE GREEN, Senior Instructor, Trumpet
THOMAS HARRIS, Instructor, Jazz Ensembles 
ERIC KEAN, Senior Instructor, Viola
GABRIEL MANALAC, Collaborative Piano
REBECCA MANALAC, Collaborative Piano
LISA McCARTHY, Senior Instructor, Flute
JONATHAN MCCULLOUGH, Instructor, Electroacoustic Music
KENDRA MCLEAN, Instructor, Percussion
PAT NELSON, Instructor, Bassoon
MELISSA PLAGEMANN, Instructor, Voice
RACHEL ROULET, Collaborative Piano
JAY ROZENDAAL, Senior Instructor, Voice and Opera
LUCAS SENGER, Instructor, Online Hip Hop
AMY SMART, Instructor, Online Country Music
TODD SMITH, Instructor, Music History, Composition, Music Theory
LESLEY SOMMER, Senior Instructor, Music Theory
JORDAN WATSON, Instructor, Online Electronic Music and Technology
JENNIFER WEEKS, Instructor, Oboe
KATHRYN WELD, Senior Instructor, Voice
JILL WHITMAN, Instructor, Harp
JEANETTE WICKELL, Instructor, Online Survey of World Music
JUDITH WIDRIG, Senior Instructor, Piano, Organ
GREG WILLIAMSON, Drumset, Percussion
FRED WINKLER, Senior Instructor, Saxophone
D’ANTHONI WOOTEN, Instructor, Online Video Game Music
KAY ZAVISLAK, Senior Instructor, Piano


The music department awards scholarships to incoming music and non-major/minor students through an Entrance Audition on their primary instrument or voice. 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 for the upcoming 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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      Courses numbered X37; X97; 300, 400, 500 are described in the University Academic Policies  section of this catalog.

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