About the Department of Music at Whittier College

The Department of Music provides a challenging yet supportive environment to students of wide-ranging experiences and accomplishments for the purpose of guiding and preparing them for a lifetime of musical exploration, ranging from casual but informed listening to intense graduate study and musical career paths.

Our faculty are not only excellent teachers, but also have successful careers in the music industry. Sitting on their shelves are awards that include NEA grants, teaching excellence awards, Grand Prix du Disque, along with U.S. and Latin Grammys. Their performances and original compositions can be heard on numerous albums and DVDs, and they have performed in prestigious concert halls around the world with the some of the greatest artists in their field.

The Department also employs an accomplished group of Artists-in-Residence who provide our students with private instrument and voice instruction.

We are committed to providing the intellectual tools and experiences necessary to be successful in the 21st century. Central to this success is our close collaboration with our students and our ability to draw upon our many colleagues in the field to offer internship- and work-related opportunities.

We hope you enjoying learning more about the exciting activities that are taking place in the Department of Music.


Erin Holmquist-Squires
Administrative Assistant
Peasley Center for Music
562.464.4592 (fax)

The Department of Music provides a varied and enriching program in performance and study to students who wish to learn more about music ranging from popular to jazz and classical to world music.

Introductory and advanced courses (both theoretical and historical) are designed for students to explore this wide range of music as music majors, music minors, or as students fulfilling liberal education requirements.

Students will find in music exceptional opportunities for both solo and ensemble performance. Students are eligible to audition for membership in the College Choir and Chamber Music ensembles. Whittier students may also participate in the Rio Hondo Symphony and the Chorale Bel Canto, strong community ensembles under professional leadership. Individual instruction in voice, instruments, and composition is offered at all levels of proficiency by an outstanding artist-faculty.

The Department also offers preparation for a wide range of career opportunities, and students with serious aspirations in music are encouraged to consider a major. In addition to applied music, class instruction is offered in conducting, music education, music literature and materials, theory, music business and music technology. A digital piano and music technology lab is available for student use and is integrated in several course offerings, while a state-of-the-art recording studio enables students interested in the recording arts to pursue advance studies. Students may also develop areas of specialization or individual projects under faculty supervision in related fields such as church music, management, musicology, ethnomusicology, music theory, music industries, and musical theater.

To help subsidize the cost of attendance, the Department strongly encourages prospective students to apply for Talent Awards. The College offers these talent scholarships, valued from $1,000 to $12,000, to entering freshmen and incoming students who demonstrate superior promise in music, art, and theatre.

If you want to develop your current musical experiences or explore new musical avenues—including music business, recording techniques, etc.— we encourage you to explore this website and contact us for more information. Departmental offerings, policies and procedures can also be found in the Department of Music Student Handbook.