Westminster College Department of Music






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.


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.


Objectives


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. 


 


                                      

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contact Us


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


R. Tad Greig, Chair, Instrumental Music, Music Ed.
Anne Hagan Bentz � Vocal Music, Opera
Nancy DeSalvo � Piano
Jason Howard � Theory, Composition
Robin Lind � Choral Music, Music Ed.
Daniel Perttu � Theory, Composition
Melinda Crawford Perttu - Strings



Music Major for a Day


Wind and Percussion Students
TBA

Piano, Strings and Vocal Students
TBA

Contact Dr. Tad Greig
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.


Schedule

Recordings
TBA

SHOE ORDER FORM ATTACHED

Music Admission Auditions


Music Scholarship & Admission Auditions for the 2014-2015 academic year--

Friday, October 18, 2013
Friday, November 15, 2013
Friday, November 22, 2013
Friday February 14, 2014
Friday, February 28, 2014
Friday, March 7, 2014
Friday, March 21, 2014
Friday, April 4, 2014
Friday, April 25, 2014

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS INFORMATION PROVIDED ON AUDITION PAGE.

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

  • Monday, March 10, 2014

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

 

Jazz Ensemble Auditions - 2014

  • TBA
  • For more details contact

             Mr. Kevin McManus, by email.