About the Department of Music at Whittier College

The Whittier College 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.