The WOU Music Department offers multiple scholarship opportunities for undergraduate and grduate music majors (new & returning), and ensemble tuition remissions for non-music majors. The Music Department accepts auditions throughout the year.
We annually sponsor several concerts, guest artists, guest lecturers, and student recitals. Please check our complete calendar for more information on these music events.
Festivals & Workshops
We host several workshops and festivals, including the Great Western Music Championships for bands and orchestras, the Choral Festival, Percussion Festival, and the Composer’s Workshop. If you are a high school band, choir, or orchestra director seeking adjuticated opportunities for your ensembles, or need information on any of our festivals and/or workshops then please select the Learn more link.
To find out more about our program please visit out our media page that includes ensemble performances, faculty lectures, and student interviews.
MUSIC DEGREE PROGRAMS
New BM Program
getting back to our roots!
When we were the Oregon College of Education the music department boasted one of the finest music education certification programs in Oregon. We are proud to announce our commitment to training the next generation of music educators – elementary, instrumental, and choral – with our new 4-year BM certification degree program.
MM DEGREE PROGRAM
in contemporary music
Our 54-credit, flexible MM degree program allows students to pursue the graduate degree with an emphasis in Audio Production, Composition, Conducting, Jazz Studies or Performance. Scholarships and GAs are available to eligible students.
BM DEGREE PROGRAMS
professional music training
We offer 4-year professional BM degree programs in Music Education, Composition, and in Music with focus areas in Audio Production, Jazz Studies, and Performance. Come study with award-winning faculty of national and international renown.
BA DEGREE PROGRAM
a flexible music pathway
Not looking for the professional music degree but still want to major in music? Then we offer the 4-year BA degree program. This program requires a student to complete 74 credits hours of music courses…and you still have access to our award-winning faculty!
augment your major
We offer a general music minor – 29 credit hours, that includes 15 credits of upper-division music courses chosen in consultation with a music advisor. We also offer a specific minor in audio production – 27 credits, dedicated entirely to courses in audio and media production.
Dr. Diane Baxter
Department Head, Professor of Music
DMA – University of Oregon
Dr. Diane Baxter teaches piano, collaborative piano, ethnomusicology and performance anxiety. She is recipient of both the Pastega Award for Excellence in Scholarship (1993) and the Pastega Award for Excellence in Teaching (2005).
Dr. Dirk Freymuth
Associate Professor of Music
DMA – University of Southern California
Dr. Dirk Freymuth is an active recording engineer throughout the United States. He teaches audio production, music history, careers in music, and directs the early music ensemble. He oversees all aspects of the recording facilities.
Dr. Kevin Helppie
Professor of Music
DMA – University of Washington
Dr. Kevin Helppie oversees all aspects of the vocal performance program. A frequent performer throughout the region, Dr. Helppie teaches private voice, vocal pedagogy, lyric diction, and directs the opera scenes concerts.
Dr. James “Ike” Nail
Professor of Music
DMA – University of Texas, Austin
Dr. Ike Nail oversees all aspects of the instrumental music education and instrumental music program. He teaches conducting and directs the wind ensemble and chamber string ensemble. Dr. Nail has received the Oregon Symphony Association Music Educator of the Year (2009) and the OMEA Music Educator of the Year (2014).
Dr. James Reddan
Associate Professor of Music
DMA – Boston University
Dr. James Reddan is the director of choirs and choral music education. His choirs have performed throughout the world and he serves as an active adjudicator, guest clinician, and speaker. He teaches choral conducting, directs the chamber singers and concert choir, and has a curious fascination with assessment rubrics!
Dr. Kevin Walczyk
Graduate Coordinator, Professor of Music
DMA – University of North Texas
Dr. Kevin Walczyk oversees the composition studies program where he teaches film scoring, jazz arranging, orchestration, and composition. He is recipient of both the Pastega Award for Excellence in Scholarship (2015), the Pastega Award for Excellence in Teaching (1999), and the 2009 Outstanding Faculty Advisor.
NEW STUDENT CHECKLIST
At Western Oregon University we understand that selecting the right university and music degree program takes time and a little research. Incoming freshmen, transfer students, and graduate students who are ready to take the steps to begin pursuing a music degree with us are encouraged to visit campus, take a free lesson with your prospective applied lessons professor, make application to the university, and schedule an audition for program entry and scholarships.
SCHEDULE A CAMPUS VISIT
We encourage you to spend a day with us while classes are in session. Take a campus tour, visit our classes, perform in an ensemble, and receive a free private lesson. This is the best way to see if WOU is the right fit for you. Contact the music department to schedule your visit. Campus tours can usually be scheduled on the same day through the admissions office.
Undergraduates will make formal application to the university through the admission process website. Graduates will make formal application through the graduate studies website. We accept applications throughout the year. We suggest, however, that you apply early so that you will meet eligibility requirements and deadlines for scholarships.
SCHEDULE AN AUDITION
Entry into the music program, for both undergraduates and graduates, requires a formal audition, which takes place in early February. The audition is also used by the music faculty to determine scholarships. Please read all information pertaining to the guidelines for auditions and scholarships. Prospective graduate students are also eligible to apply for a graduate assistantship and lottery merit graduate scholarships.