Music Department


Daniel E. Perttu

Associate Professors:

Anne H. Bentz, Nancy J. DeSalvo, Tad Greig, Daniel E. Perttu

Assistant Professors:

Samuel W. Barbara, Jason T. Howard, Melinda Crawford Perttu, Timothy D. Winfield

Adjunct Faculty:

Abbey Alter, William J. Ambert, Mark E. Antonich, Robert J. Antonucci, Jeffrey W. Bremer, Anne P. Bruening, Donald W. Byo, James A. Flowers, Perry J. Gatch III, Edgar S. Groves, C. Jody Guinn, Daniel G. Heasley, Heather A. Johnson, Janet L. Kane, Samantha Leali, Marie Libal-Smith, Kevin M. McManus, Kathryn D. Miller, Shawn R. Reynolds, David P. Tessmer, Mihai Valcu, Jeffrey F. Wachter, Kimberly A. Winfield


Peggy G. Flynn

Danceline Advisor

Krystal L. Miller

Degree Offered:

Bachelor of Music (B.M.); Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

Major Programs:

Music Education (B.M.), Music Performance, Music (B.A.), Music as a Second Major (B.A. or B.S.)

Minor Programs:

Music (B.A. or B.S.)

Teacher Certification:

Music K-12

Audition Information
Performance Schedule

Normal Length of Time Required for a Degree: 4 years (8 semesters)

Departmental Mission: The Department of Music seeks to provide professional training to talented students who pursue careers as performers, teachers, church musicians, and scholars, and to offer experiences in music to all persons of the College and community, thereby enriching cultural backgrounds and developing musical skills.

Departmental Goals: The Department of Music thus realizes its mission in men and women who as music majors:

  • Develop intellectual curiosity about, and the ability to evaluate, the meaning of music and its role in mankind's search for aesthetic communication and human understanding;
  • Strive to become sensitive, well-rounded musicians, through the development of technical proficiency and corresponding creative ability in their primary area(s) of musical performance;
  • Develop basic and advanced musicianship skills, and acquire a broad knowledge of historical musical styles;
  • Commit themselves to a lifetime of increasing musical awareness and appreciation in their own lives and in their respective communities.

Departmental Objectives: Students who major in music will demonstrate achievement in the field of music by:

  • Demonstrating individual technical proficiency and musical sensitivity, as well as group performance skills, through the performing of solo, small ensemble, and large ensemble music, in their primary areas of performance;
  • Successfully completing courses in music theory which develop basic musicianship skills and which study the constructs and compositional techniques of music and its evolution through time;
  • Successfully completing courses in music history and literature in which they acquire an in-depth understanding of music and its societal relationships from the earliest recorded time through the present;
  • Successfully completing courses in music pedagogy (music education, techniques, methods) and demonstrating the skills obtained in these courses through conducting and performing in colloquium, lab, master classes, student teaching, and other teaching situations.

Westminster College is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music. Lessons, ensembles and courses are available to all students in the College. Music majors and minors are referred to The Music Handbook, online at, which lists specific additional rules and regulations of the department.

Prospective music majors must fulfill the general admission requirements of the College. They are also required to arrange an audition with the Department of Music to demonstrate proficiency in at least one area of performance. A tape recording is acceptable in lieu of an audition on campus.

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