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Music
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Music Composition
College of Arts and Humanities
Music Performance
College of Arts and Humanities
Music
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

Sara Carroll
509-963-1216
sara.carroll@cwu.edu

Introduction

In CWU’s music department, we like to say that teaching is a performing art, and that performing is a team sport. Our professors are world-renowned professional musicians who are dedicated to nurturing your particular talent. And we offer many opportunities to join ensembles, choirs, or groups, because nothing develops your musicianship more than performing with other musicians.

Opportunities

The Jerilyn S. McIntyre Music Building was designed and built specifically for our music program. Both the visual and acoustical qualities of our building have raised the bar for educational facilities across the country. The 600-seat Concert Hall provides an unparalleled environment for musical performances.

Why this program?

In 2016, the Chamber Choir toured Spain to participate in prestigious 47th Annual Tolosa International Choir Competition. In 2015, Jazz Band 1 performed on stage at the Monterey Jazz Festival. Recently, CWU was the only university on the West Coast invited to perform at the prestigious national Jazz Educators Network (JEN) conference. CWU has the largest National Association for Music Educators student chapter in the United States.

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Music Composition
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Music
Department Contact:

Sara Carroll
509-963-1216
carrollsa@cwu.edu

Introduction

Like to make your own music? The bachelor of music in composition offers an opportunity for students who have command of their instrument to become an informed, artistic, and more successful composer of music.

Opportunities

In CWU’s music department, your professors will work closely with you to help you grow as a musician, both personally and professionally. At Central we encourage you to explore all types of music, and provide numerous opportunities to develop your talent.

Why this program?
  • In 2016, the Chamber Choir toured Spain to participate in prestigious 47th Annual Tolosa International Choir Competition. The choir also visited León, Spain where they performed in the magnificent Santa María de León Cathedral, also called The House of Light.
  • Recently, CWU was the only university on the West Coast invited to perform at the prestigious national Jazz Educators Network (JEN) conference.
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Music Performance
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Music
Department Contact:

Sara Carroll
509-963-1216
sara.carroll@cwu.edu

Introduction

For most musicians, nothing beats playing in front of an audience! This degree is ideal for musicians dedicated to the pursuit of a professional performance career. Students pursuing a performance concentration may choose to study from a wide variety of specializations that include voice, piano, and all orchestral and band instruments.

Opportunities

In CWU’s music department, your professors will work closely with you to help you grow as a musician, both personally and professionally. At Central we encourage you to explore all types of music, and provide numerous opportunities to develop your talent.

Why this program?
  • In 2016, the Chamber Choir toured Spain to participate in prestigious 47th Annual Tolosa International Choir Competition. The choir also visited León, Spain where they performed in the magnificent Santa María de León Cathedral, also called The House of Light.
  • In 2015, Jazz Band 1 performed on stage at the Monterey Jazz Festival.
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Why CWU Music?

CWU music professors work closely with you and help you grow as a musician, both professionally and personally.

CWU music facilities are second to none. The Concert Hall provides an unparalleled environment for musical performances.

We encourage you to explore all types of music and provide numerous opportunities to develop your talent.

CWU’s music family is made up of highly skilled faculty and a supportive community of musicians committed to your progress.

Graduates of CWU Music find employment as performers, studio musicians, conductors, composers, recording engineers, teachers, arrangers, instrumentalists, sound designers, music editors, songwriters, choir directors, etc.

Education and performance opportunities abound with over 30 ensembles and student groups.

Welcome to CWU Music

Choose Music at Central, the experience of a lifetime. What are you waiting for?

Hands on Learning

Central Washington University music students can join ensembles in all areas.

Experience music at CWU

Firefighter's Creed

A powerful musical tribute to the firefighters lost in the 2015 Twisp River Fire in Washington state. The Central Washington University Men’s Choir performs "Firefighter’s Creed," an original work by CWU professor of music and renowned composer Vijay Singh. Singh wrote it in honor of firefighters Tom Zbyszewski, Andrew Zajac, and Richard Wheeler who were killed near Twisp, Washington in August 2015.

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Points of Pride

CWU’s Chamber Choir participated in Spain’s prestigious 47th Annual Tolosa International Choir Competition. The choir also visited León, Spain where they performed in the magnificent Santa María de León Cathedral, also called The House of Light.

CWU’s Jazz Band 1 was invited to California to perform on stage at the Monterey Jazz Festival.

CWU was the only university on the West Coast invited to perform at the prestigious national Jazz Educators Network (JEN) conference. CWU Jazz Band I and Vocal Jazz I earned featured performance slots at the conference, which draws 3,000 jazz artists, educators, students, and music industry leaders annually.

CWU has the largest National Association for Music Educators student chapter in the United States.

Central Washington University’s Department of Music is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music.

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