College of Arts and Sciences

School of Music

A Tradition of Excellence

Established in 1901, the WSU School of music has long been recognized for excellence in undergraduate and graduate education. Students study with an internationally recognized faculty and have access to state-of-the-art facilities. Degree options include music education, performance, composition, conducting, and jazz. WSU ensembles have performed around the world and are regularly invited to perform at prestigious concert venues and conferences around the country.


The School of Music is dedicated to educating the next generation of performers, educators, and composers. In recent history, our program is proud of its 100% placement rating for undergraduate students upon graduation. Graduates of the WSU School of Music hold teaching positions in public schools and universities around the country. Our music alumni have attended graduate school at many of the top music schools and conservatories. Please contact us at if you have any questions about our undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Come take part in something remarkable and prepare for your career in music and the arts.



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Guest Recital: Spencer Myer, piano

Friday, Sep. 19 • 8 p.m.
Bryan Hall Theatre

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Masterclass: Spencer Myer
and WSU Piano Students

Saturday, Sep. 20 •
10:30 a.m. & 2 p.m.

Kimbrough Concert Hall

Free Admission

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Ka Yat Ngai Photo Composition student Ka Yat Ngai's The Glory Fanfare receives first prize in the Lake Union Chamber Orchestra's 20th Anniversary Fanfare Competition

King-Smith Photo WSU alumnus Ted King-Smith is a finalist for the America Prize for his multi-movement original wind band composition titled Manhattan

Kirkpatrick Photo WSU alumnus Michael Kirkpatrick wins the 2014 Telluride Bluegrass Festival Troubadour Contest

Parkhurst book cover Ethnomusicologist Melissa Parkhurst publishes book on Chemawa Indian School music

Dave Turnbull Photo Trumpet professor David Turnbull guest lectures at music conservatory in Spain

Troy Bennefield appointed as Associate Director of Bands and Director of the Cougar Marching Band

Shannon Scott appointed as Assistant Professor of Clarinet and Music History

Melissa Parkhurst joins School of Music faculty to teach courses in World Music and Native Music of North America

Chris Dickey PhotoTuba teacher Chris Dickey performs and teaches at festivals in Uruguay and Argentina

Ethos Wind Quintet takes top prize at Music Fest Northwest

Jeff and Karen SavageFaculty piano duo tours Asia

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Amanda Vander Woude photoAmanda Vander Woude receives Association for Faculty Women Outstanding Graduate Studies Award

Chris Nelson photoChris Nelson receives Graduate Achievement Award from the College of Arts and Sciences

Buckrucker PhotoJoshua Buckrucker appointed as Director of Bands at Navarro College

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Ward and Hagelganz CD CoverJazz Professors Brian Ward and Dave Hagelganz Release New CD

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Zoot Suid CD CoverJazz Big Band CD Zoot Suit Reviewed at All About Jazz

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