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Department of Music
Phone: (509) 963-1216
Fax: (509) 963-1239

Image of Dr. Todd Shiver, our department chair.Welcome!

Dr. Todd Shiver

Department Chair

Welcome to the Central Washington University Music Department web site! Central’s Music Department has earned a reputation for being one of the top university music departments in the northwest. We have earned this reputation by building a magnificent facility to house the department (see for yourself on our Music Building page); we have Music Faculty members who are actively involved in their profession and who are recognized as the region’s top musicians, conductors, music scholars, and music educators. Central Washington’s ensembles have been invited to perform at state, regional, national, and international venues. Our list of ensembles includes a Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Bands, Marching Band, Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Choir, University Chorale, Wildcat Chorus, and Vox Divina. Smaller ensembles include Jazz Bands, Jazz Choirs, Jazz Combos, Brass, Flute, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba/Euphonium, Mariachi, and Percussion.  Our vocal students also have opportunities to perform in opera scenes or full opera productions. With all of this to offer, the Central Washington University Music Department attracts top student musicians from around the country and abroad.

With over 400 majors, our students have the opportunity to choose from a variety of degrees in music that include the Bachelor of Music degree in music performance, music education, composition and the Bachelor of Arts degree in music. For students interested in preparing for careers in Music Therapy and Arts Management our college offers a “Liberal Studies” degree that allows students to customize their bachelor's degree program to prepare them for a variety of career options.  The department also has a graduate program that offers several Masters Degrees in music.  Also, please check out our very successful summer master of music education program. We also offer study-abroad opportunities for our music students. For a complete listing of our degrees and more detailed information on each, please go to our degrees page.

If you would like to learn more about music at Central Washington University, we would be happy to meet with you in person, arrange a tour of our beautiful facility, and schedule a meeting with a faculty member in your performance area.  Please contact our department advisor/recruiter, Dr. Kirsten Boldt-Neurohr (, and she will be happy to help you plan your visit. I can be contacted at the following email: Thank you for visiting our web site.

Todd Shiver, DMA
Chair, Department of Music
Central Washington University
Ellensburg, WA 98926