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Music is an integral part of a liberal arts education and vital to campus life at W&J. Our academic courses challenge students from all majors to think, speak, and write effectively about music. Our performance ensembles include choral, jazz, wind and chamber, and our program of instrumental and vocal instruction offers students private lessons with exceptional performers drawn from across the region. Students typically find that the skills emphasized in music (such as creativity, listening, and collaboration) are transferable to most disciplines and professions.

Students can personalize and focus their studies with emphases in literature and theory, media and performance. Learn more in the W&J Course Catalog.

Beyond the Classroom

Students have a wide array of opportunities for research, internships, conferences, and networking beyond the classroom that give them an advantage to prepare for life after W&J.

Performance Opportunities

  • Wind Ensemble
  • Choir
  • Camerata Singers (audition required)
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Chamber Music Ensemble
  • Jay-Birds (student led a cappella group)

All W&J students are welcome in ensembles. Listen to recordings of past performances here.


  • Music Education
  • Recording & Producing
  • Writing & Journalism
  • Music Therapy
  • Public Relations & Marketing
  • Performance & Conducting
  • Entertainment Law
  • Composition & Songwriting

Music Ensembles

The Department of Music offers five music performance ensembles that are open to students in all majors.

Wind Ensemble

The W&J Wind Ensemble is open without audition to all students, regardless of skill level. The ensemble gives two concerts each semester in the Olin Fine Arts Center auditorium, including the popular holiday concert. The group of 25 to 35 students performs a variety of music, from arrangements of classical masterpieces and staples of the band repertory to distinctive film music and pops. Students who would like to participate must register and take the course for credit (1/4 course per semester).

Camerata Singers
Jazz Ensemble
Chamber Music Ensemble

Music Department Facilities

The Music Department makes its home in the spacious Olin Fine Arts Center, which celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2012 and also houses the departments of Art and Communication.

Practice Rooms

Students have access to six large, air-conditioned practice rooms, all of which contain grand or upright pianos and music stands. Additionally, students are allowed to practice on the concert grand pianos in the classrooms when they are not in use. The abundance of practice rooms means students, eager to practice, will always find an available space. On warm, sunny days, some students even get their practice in outdoors in the lush garden of the Olin courtyard.

Music Library
Recording Studio

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Music Faculty

Mark Swift

Program Chair

Mark D. Swift, Ph.D.

Mark D. Swift, Ph.D. is a professor in the Department of Music and serves as the Chair of the department at Washington & Jefferson College.


Music Department Events

CANCELED: Student Recognition Recitals

April 29 @ 7:30 pm
285 E Wheeling Street
Washington, PA 15301 United States

Spring W&J Jazz Ensemble Concert

February 28 @ 7:30 pm
285 E Wheeling Street
Washington, PA 15301 United States
W&J Jazz Ensemble photo

Music Program Downloads

Music Program Sheet

Version: 2019

Senior Send-Off: Zach Platto

Version: Zach Platto video