Students come to W&J for a liberal arts education. The typical W&J student is curious, and craves the opportunity to take courses in music and the arts alongside sciences, humanities, social sciences, and pre-professional programs. Many young, talented musicians feel they have to put aside music as they begin to pursue degrees and careers in a chosen field, but at W&J, music is a fundamental part of campus life, whether that means pursuing a major or minor, participating in one of our ensembles, or taking private lessons. More than 60 students take private lessons and more than 100 participate in our ensembles each semester.

The Music Department allows students to explore courses in music appreciation, history, theory and world music or to perform in our choral, jazz, wind, chamber, and percussion ensembles. Students, from the experienced to the novice, hone their skills and learn how to perform with private lessons in most of the major instruments and voice with our wonderful faculty, themselves active musicians and teachers throughout the tri-state region.

The music department makes its home in the Olin Fine Arts Center, which houses a 486-seat theatre, recording studio, rehearsal spaces, and numerous practice rooms—all accessible to all students.

Our major and minor programs provide a comprehensive curriculum that positions students for postgraduate study and eventual careers as professional musicians. Alumni of the department are musicians, they are well-rounded doctors, lawyers, teachers and business leaders who are keen listeners and support and participate in their communities’ arts organizations.

Feel free to contact me by email at any time for more information.

Mark D. Swift, mswift@washjeff.edu
Chair

P.S. While browsing the website, be sure to look at our busy performance schedule and listen to some examples of our performances!