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Portrait of Dr. Todd ShiverDr. 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 facilities page); we have music faculty members who are actively involved in their profession and who are recognized as the region’s top music educators and conductors. 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 Band, Marching Band, Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Choir, University Choir and smaller ensembles that includes three Jazz Bands, two Jazz Choirs, Men’s and Women’s choirs, Jazz Combos, and choirs for Brass, Flute, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba/Euphonium, and percussion ensembles.  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. 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. 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, Sara Carroll (, 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


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