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Department of Music



Special announcement:

Our buildings are closed but our services are still strong

In accordance with the Governor’s Executive Orders 20-12 and 20-09, the creative arts buildings will be closed to the public at the beginning of spring term. However, we are dedicated to serving the WOU community and our remote services are strong! To ensure your academic success, the creative arts division is focusing in on student success via remote learning.  If you have questions or concerns please contact us.

Creative Arts Division:

David Janowiak, Division Chair, janovid@wou.edu503-838-8310
Remote office hours: M-F 9-10 am, MWF 12:30-3:30, TR 12:30-2:00

Laura Killip, Office Specialist—Art/Theatre Dept.killipl@wou.edu503-838-8340
Remote office hours: M-F 9:00 – 12:00 and 12:30 – 3:30

Julia Fruit, Office Specialist—Music Dept.fruitj@wou.edu503-838-8275
Remote office hours: M-F 9:00 – 12:00 and 12:30 – 3:30

Please note: Remote service hours might change due to service demand and fluid extenuating circumstances.
Limited, mission-critical services are available by appointment and by mail.  Contact us for more information

Meet Hannah Hazelwood!

Hannah talks about why she chose to study music at WOU.

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Hi everybody. This fall opera scenes/workshop class
will be totally on-line. It's gonna be really unique and I hope, super cool! I'm looking for 9-12 singer/actors. You will prep your song at your own location. I've selected Songs of Travel by Vaughan Williams. Each person will have a song, you will be responsible for the creation of your own character, costume, make-up, set and even lighting. You'll be coached by me on singing and acting and you will have other tech people that you will consult with to get the most out of your location and situation. I will edit your home-created videos and tie them together with a narrative and then the whole thing will be broadcast on-line at the end of the term. Contact me ASAP if you would like to participate! The songs come in high and low keys, so all are welcome. Best, Dr. Helppie🤩
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For all the Ethno babies.... past and present! ... See MoreSee Less

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Just a final reminder. The concert is Tuesday, February 25th not the 18th as it says on the poster. Come help us celebrate Black History month with some inspiring spirituals. We also tell the story behind the music! Hope to see you there! ... See MoreSee Less

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WOU students and friends,I am reprising a concert with soprano, Kurleen Nowickas, and pianist, Debra Huddleston called Songs of Struggle and Hope on February 18th. A program of African American Spirituals arranged by various arrangers; Moses Hogan, H.T. Burleigh and others. See the attached poster for other details. BTW, Kurleen was once a vocal student of mine at WOU and has gone on to be a very successful multi-genre vocal performer. A pleasure to now be colleagues ! Hope you can make it. Best, KH ... See MoreSee Less

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Hi WOU Friends and Beyond. I have the unbelievable gift of being in a chamber music ensemble with my daughter Tori McCoy and son-in-law Tim McCoy and our phenomenal pianist Deb Huddleston. We are performing a concert of" knock out" trios from opera, operetta and our own favorite opera arias on Sunday, January 26th at 3 pm at the Unitarian Church in Salem. The concert is sponsored by the Camerata Chamber Music Series and tickets are free! Come help us celebrate our love of great music. *Music Majors - Concert Attendance. Get it done early!* ... See MoreSee Less

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Ethnomusicology I is being offered winter term. Are any of you planning to take it this year or next? It may become an every other year option. If you are blocked out because of the writing issue, I will override that, but you need to send me an email if you want to be in the class. Thanks! ... See MoreSee Less

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