Westminster College Department of Music



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.


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.


Westminster offers a broad program in music, open to majors and non-majors alike. The Choral and Instrumental Programs at Westminster College include 350-400 students from all areas of the campus. Our philosophy states that any student wishing to sing or play in an ensemble will be placed in an ensemble according to his/her interests and experiences. Currently, there are five choral and five large instrumental performing groups on campus from which students may choose.

Membership in all musical organizations is open to any qualified student, and academic credit may be earned for each semester’s participation. Private lessons with experienced teachers are available to all Westminster students.

Westminster supports its music activities with excellent physical facilities. Will W. Orr Auditorium, which seats 1,750, has a four-manual Moeller organ, and Wallace Memorial Chapel, site of the weekly Vespers services, contains a three-manual Moeller organ. Old Main tower houses a three-octave carillon. The Music Department is located in Patterson Hall. The Music Department library, which contains 10,000 records, 500 compact disks, 200 audio and 200 video tapes, 9000 music scores, and playback equipment for all recordings, is available for use by all members of the College community.

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

Westminster enjoys a professional affiliation with the Presbyterian Association of Musicians (PAM).

Departmental Outcomes

Students who complete coursework in the Department of Music Curriculum will be able to function as musicians in the profession and the community, and will be able to dialogue and discourse on musical topics including  history, theory and pedagogy.  Mastery of the subject matter is evaluated and assessed through one or more of the following means; musical performance (individual and ensemble), quizzes, tests and oral presentations. 











Interested in Being a Music Major?

Contact Us

Peggy Flynn, Secretary
Phone: 724-946-7270
Email: flynnpg@westminster.edu

Daniel Perttu — Chair, Theory, Composition
Samuel Barbara — Choral Music
Anne Hagan Bentz — Vocal Music, Opera
Melinda Crawford Perttu — Strings
Nancy DeSalvo — Piano
R. Tad Greig — Instrumental Music, Music Ed.
Jason Howard — Theory, Composition
Timothy Winfield — Instrumental Music, Music Ed.

Music Major for a Day

Wind and Percussion Students
Monday, November 3, 2014

Piano, Strings and Vocal Students
Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Contact Daniel Perttu
or Peggy Flynn for more information.

General Information Forms

Instrumental Interest Form
Choral/Vocal Interest Form

2014 Marching Band Camp Schedule

Officers, Percussion, Flagline and Danceline students arrive Tuesday, August 12, 2014.
                All other Instrumentalists arrive

            Thursday, August 14, 2014.
Students move into their housing on these dates.


All my life
Saturday Nights alright for Fightin'
I dont wanna stop
American Woman
Takin it to the streets
Everybody's Everything
Hidden Motive
25 tour de force


Music Admission Auditions

Music Scholarship & Admission Auditions for the 2015-2016 academic year--

October 17, 2014
November 14, 2014
November 21, 2014
February 13, 2015
February 27, 2015
March 6, 2015
March 20, 2015
April 10, 2015
April 24, 2015


Times for Auditions:
Voice 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Instrumental 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Click here for more information.

PMEA Instrumental Music Performance Assessment

  • Tuesday, March 10, 2015
  • For more details contact Dr. Tad Greig at 724-946-7279.
  • Open to all bands and orchestras elementary through high school


Alumni Band-Homecoming Music