Current Music Students
This page contains information that will be useful for currently enrolled music students, including non-majors and minors in lessons and ensembles.
Prospective students and current students looking for advising information are encouraged to explore our Degrees and Advising page.
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PAC Hours and Location
The Performing Arts Center is open 7 am - 11 pm on weekdays and weekends during the regular academic quarter. Please visit the University Police Webpage for intersession and holiday hours.
The Performing Arts Center (PA/PAC) is located on north campus across the PAC plaza from the Viking Union and Multicultural Center. See the campus maps website for more information.
Music Office Hours
The Music Office is open Monday-Friday from 8:00-5:00 pm during the academic year. Hours during intersession may be reduced. The Music Office is closed on federal holidays.
(360) 650-3130, email@example.com
Practice and Rehearsal Rooms
Regular practice rooms are available on LL1 and LL2 for all WWU students. Piano and percussion practice rooms are available to students in these areas. Practice rooms are open during building hours. See below for more details.
Music department classrooms and performance spaces are open to music students and clubs for rehearsals and practice. Reservations are made through Mazévo or as write-in reservations on “room cards.” See details below.
Practice rooms are available on LL1 and LL2 for all WWU students. Practice rooms are open during building hours.
- Brass, Strings, Wind, Voice: Regular practice rooms are first-come, first-serve, reservations are not needed. An upright piano, chair, and stand are located in each room.
- Percussion: Percussion rooms are first come first serve until practice room sign-ups at the first masterclass.
- Piano: Piano practice rooms are reserved for piano students. Piano practice times are scheduled based on seniority/degree program, more details will be sent to students enrolled in piano lessons from the piano area. Pay the piano practice room fee after receiving instructions from the piano area and before checking out a key.
Reservations are made through Mazévo or as write-in reservations on “room cards.”
“Room cards” are weekly printed out schedules posted outside each room every Monday after 12:00 pm. Room cards will show the schedule Monday-Sunday. Scan the QR code to see a room schedule online. Questions should be referred to Fred Ramage's office.
When to use Mazévo vs. Room Card
- Rooms Card Reservation: Use the room card to reserve same day or requests within the same week after room card have been posted. Anything after Monday at 12:00 pm for the same week should be written in.
- Mazévo Reservations: Use Mazévo to request rehearsals in advance. Requests are not automatically approved, and confirmations and denials will be sent via email from Fred Ramage. Requests submitted after Friday at 4:00 pm may not be approved in time to make it onto the room card.
How to Use Mazévo
The mainstage lobby, PAC lobby, and Concert Hall lobby are available to use on a case-by-case basis. These spaces are not used for long-term rehearsals. Questions should be referred to Fred Ramage's office.
The mainstage lobby, PAC lobby, and Concert Hall lobby are available to use on a case-by-case basis. These spaces are not used for long-term rehearsals. Questions should be referred to Fred Ramage's office.
Please review the information for rentals and lockers before selecting the following.
Instruments are available to rent for WWU-applied lessons, ensembles, and pedagogy labs only.
All wind and string pedagogy classes will be prompted to pay a fee after the instrument library has confirmed their rental.
Students in applied lessons or ensembles must talk to their instructor or ensemble conductor before requesting an instrument. Pedagogy students must be enrolled in the course before requesting an instrument and may be asked to show proof of enrollment.
Lockers are available on a first-come, first-serve basis starting September 1, 2022, for the fall term. Winter and spring admits should inquire with the music office for locker availability.
To request a locker, students should fill out the Music Locker Check-Out Form and review the policies and procedures. The form will be available beginning September 1 for the 22-23 academic year.
The music office will review requests and email the locker assignment with the combination to the student's WWU email. The music office will need a minimum of three full business days to respond to requests
The Music Department offers lessons at the 200, 300, and 400-level for undergraduate students and the 500-level for graduate students.
Full vs. Half Lessons
Applied lessons are split into two sections: full lessons (previously called “one hour”) are approximately 50 minutes, and half lessons (previously called “half-hour”) are approximately 25-30 minutes.
All students must additionally register for a major ensemble each quarter they are participating in lessons. The only exception to this rule is piano students who are non-majors/minors and music minors.
Applied Lesson Policies
- 200-Level: Full lessons at the 200-level are set at two credits, half lessons are set at one credit.
- 300-level: Full lessons are 1-4 variable credits. Students must enroll in three credits unless they exceed the 18 credit maximum for full-time tuition.
- 400-level: Full lessons are 1-4 variable credits. Students must enroll in four credits unless they exceed the 18 credit maximum for full-time tuition.
Performance majors must pass two different upper-division juries to access the 300 and 400-level of lessons.
Composition, History & Literature, and Music Education majors must pass one upper-division jury to access the 300-level of lessons.
Please refer to your area policies for more details regarding jury scheduling and repertoire requirements.
Applied lessons are not required for the degree program and will be offered on a studio available basis. Students may use applied lessons towards elective credits needed for the degree if offered a studio space.
Music majors are required to enroll in applied lessons each quarter according to their major requirements regardless of lessons completed before attending WWU.
Bachelor of Arts: Enrollment every quarter until finishing minimum degree requirements.
Bachelor of Music Performance and History & Literature: Enrollment every quarter until all degree requirements are fulfilled. A majority of students will enroll every quarter until graduation unless finishing another degree.
Bachelor of Music BMus Composition: Enrollment every quarter until the last year of study. If a student is completing another BMus concentration, they must continue to enroll in applied lessons according to the other major requirements.
Bachelor of Music BMus Education P-12: Enrollment every quarter until they enroll in student teaching, SEC 495.
Private "applied" lessons are available to students on a space-available basis who have previous experience on an instrument or voice. Some studios may require an official audition to be considered.
All students must enroll in an ensemble to participate with the exception of Viking Band which is not offered as a course.
Music majors and students enrolled in applied lessons must enroll in a major ensemble.
Majors ensembles include concert band, orchestra, choir, piano accompanying, and guitar ensemble. At this time, jazz ensembles do not apply major ensemble requirements. Piano and guitar students should refer to their major requirements for directives on when to enroll in piano accompanying and guitar ensemble.
Concert attendance is no longer a music major requirement but may continue to be a requirement in your courses or applied lessons. Please pay close attention to your course syllabi which will list any attendance requirements.
The policy for removing concert attendance as a major requirement does not supersede course requirements. Students must attend concerts if required through their course curriculum.
Returning Student Scholarships
All returning students in applied lessons and ensembles -- regardless of major-- are eligible to apply for a returning student scholarship.
Returning student scholarships are based on merit, progress, and growth during their time in a major ensemble and/or private instruction.
22-23 Academic Year
To apply students will submit the Returning Music Student Scholarship Application. An audition is not required.
The deadline to apply is June 01, 2022, at 11:59 pm.
- All students currently enrolled in:
- Applied lessons
- Music Ensembles
- Music Majors
- Music Minors
- Music - Student Teachers (22-23)
Scholarships are awarded to incoming/new students through the completion of an Entrance & Scholarship Audition. Students are typically awarded one-year scholarships and then can apply again each following year.
Policies and Procedures
All students must submit a thank you letter and accept their scholarship through Web4U unless told otherwise.
Thank You Letter Submission
A separate thank you letter must be submitted for each fund contributing to an award. Thank-you letters for music department scholarships must be submitted as shared links only through the Music Thank You Letter Submission Form. Deadlines are included in the original award email from the Program Coordinator.
Current students should review the Music Scholarship Instructions Packet to see the new thank you letter guidelines from the WWU Foundation and steps to accept scholarships via Web4u.
Students are responsible for reviewing all Music Recital Policies and Procedures listed below. See the recital dates drop down below to view quarterly available recital dates.
- Read the Recital Policies and Procedures
- Pay recital fee (non-majors/minors and graduate)
- Request a recital date
- Schedule a hearing with your instructor and collaborators
Two Weeks Prior
Recital Policies and Procedures
Bachelor of Music in Performance majors must complete a junior recital (MUS 399) and senior recital (MUS 499).
Bachelor of Music in Composition majors must complete a senior composition recital (MUS 498) as the culmination of their major. A composition student may also choose to complete a thesis instead, MUS 490. Admission to the 400-level of composition lessons is the prerequisite to scheduling a senior composition recital
Students in the following programs may perform a non-degree or “studio” recital with the permission of their applied instructor and area coordinator: Non-Music Majors/Minors, Music Minors, BA, BMus in History & Literature, BMus Education.
Students can have an off-campus recital with the permission of the department chair. These students must still submit the Music Student Recital E-sign form once they receive approval from the Department Chair and schedule their off-campus event.
Enter the off-campus recital date, time, and location under "Requested Performance Date" and indicate under "Additional Comments" that your recital is off campus and the date you received permission from the chair.
Junior Performance Recital: $30.00 course fee
Senior Performance Recital: $60.00 course fee
Senior Composition Recital: $60.00 course fee
- Non-Major/Minor and Graduate Recital: $60.00
Junior performance, senior performance, and senior composition recitals pay a course fee that is billed to student accounts after registration. Non-degree and graduate recitals must pay the $60.00 recital fee before scheduling and attach a receipt of payment with the recital e-sign form.
All recital requests are due by the following dates.
Fall Quarter: October 15
Winter Quarter: December 1
Spring Quarter: March 1
Non-degree recitals will be scheduled after the deadlines above in the order they were received. Requests received after the published deadlines will be scheduled with the Department Chair's approval.
Recitals are scheduled at 12:00 pm, 4:00 pm, and 7:30 pm in the PAC Concert Hall and PAC 16 on weekends, and at 7:30 pm on available weekdays.
How to Request a Recital
All recitalists must submit the Student Recital Request E-sign form. Students are responsible for checking the availability of their collaborator(s) and instructor before submitting this form. If the form is not completed correctly, it will be sent back to the student for corrections.
Recital Confirmation Notification
Recital dates will be scheduled in the order of preference listed on the e-sign form. If all requested recital dates are unavailable, the form will be sent back to the student with instructions. Once the date is confirmed, the student will receive an email from the Program Coordinator with their official recital date, time, and location. Students may then schedule a recital hearing.
Rescheduling and Cancellations
Students can reschedule their recital using section II of the original request form. Please locate the submission through the Webforms Finder website. MyWestern>>Webforms Finder. Use the same routing instructions to submit the form for approval.
Students may submit the Student Recital Cancellation form up to seven business days prior to their event. Any cancellations later should adhere to the following guidelines.
Less than One Week Prior: Cancellations less than seven business days before the event must be submitted via the Student Recital Cancellation form and by email to Lee Anne Frahn (firstname.lastname@example.org). Students are responsible for notifying all parties in their recital, the instructor, and the area coordinator
Emergency Cancellation: Emergency cancellations should be texted to Lee Anne Frahn (509)-869-3084 when a recital is canceled the same day, or after Friday at 5:00 pm for a weekend event. Students are responsible for notifying all parties in their recital, the instructor, and the area coordinator. If a text isn’t possible, a call is permitted. This phone number is given out for these purposes only.
Fall 2022 Recital Dates
More dates are to be posted by October 1, 2022. Dates will be removed as recitals are scheduled.
|10/28/2022||7:30 PM||Concert Hall|
|11/5/2022||12:00 PM||Concert Hall|
|11/5/2022||4:00 PM||Concert Hall|
|11/5/2022||7:30 PM||Concert Hall|
|11/16/2022||7:30 PM||Concert Hall|
|12/3/2022||7:30 PM||Concert Hall|
|12/4/2022||12:00 PM||Concert Hall|
|12/4/2022||4:00 PM||Concert Hall|
|12/4/2022||7:30 PM||Concert Hall|
Winter and Spring Recital Dates
Winter 2022 recital dates will be posted by November 01, 2022.
Spring 2022 recital dates will be posted by January 15, 2022.
Students are responsible for creating a program draft using the template in the next section. Recitalists with vocal music must also create a translation draft using the template in the next section. Your program and translations must be reviewed by your instructor and area coordinator before submission. Program drafts are due no later than two weeks before the scheduled event - students must approval a final proof through their WWU email.
Programs and translations must be submitted through the Music Program and Translations Submission form as shared links. We will only accept Word Doc or Docx file upload - Do not convert to a PDF.
The Music Department will promote all student recitals through the CFPA website and department Facebook.
Students are responsible for submitting event details, and creating event pages to invite their guests via social media. The department will post about the event, but will not create pages to invite guests. Students are responsible for creating event posters if desired. This is not required. Students can print posters through the Print & Copy Services Center. The Student Technology Center may have help guides to assist you in making a poster.
The university requires each poster to contain the WWU logo and the disability accommodations statement. Download the WWU Logo and review the appropriate logo uses. Include the following statement "AA/EO. For disability accommodations please call: 360-650-3130."
Students must submit event details to the CFPA. Once a recital is confirmed by the Program Coordinator and CFPA Manager offices, the CFPA will create an event page.
Once you see your event listed on the Music Concerts and Events page. Click the "Is this your event? Submit updates." link to submit a headshot and event bio/description. Students without a headshot may submit a photo that represents the recital theme. Reference the event description template and example bios in the next section.
If you don't see your event on the website after two full weeks following confirmation, email email@example.com with your full event details, headshot/theme photo, and description. See templates and performer's bio examples in the next section.
Recital Quick Links
Recital Syllabus Links
Program and Translation Details
Use the following to create a draft of your recital. Students should not format their program in columns or tables, formatting will be completed by the music office. When finished, submit your program draft along with translations (if applicable) through the Music Program and Translations form as shared links. Ensure the link is shared as "Anyone with a link can view" before submission.
Section One: General Recital Information
- Student Name
- Student Instrument or Voice Type
- Recital Type (non-degree, junior performance, senior composition etc.)
- Accompanist Name and Instrument
- Recital Location
- Month, Date, Year
- Day of Week and Time
Section Two: Program Order and Details
Indicate an intermission if needed.
- List composter name, birth date, and death date if applicable.
- List pieces to be performed using the following options:
- List the title of the piece, title of the larger work, or title of the group of works. (See next page for examples)
- List the pieces within the larger work or the pieces from a group, if applicable.
- List any additional performers other than your accompanist and their instrument or voice, if applicable.
- Repeat the steps as listed above.
One or more pieces from a larger work
Clara Schumann (1819-1896)
From Sechs Lieder, Op. 13
I. Ihr Bildnis
II. Sie liebten sich beide, doch keener
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Sonata for Piano and Horn in F major, Op. 17
Celery Jones, French Horn
Multiple pieces from the same composer but not the same larger work
Claude Achille Debussy (1862 – 1918)
La flûte de Pan
One piece not part of a larger work
Composition Student (b. 1999)
New Composition (2020)
Fragrance Jones, Soprano Flower Smith, Cello
W.A Mozart (1756-1791)
from Cosi fan tutte
Translations are required for all recitals with vocal works.
Download a copy of the Translations Guide to create your translations. Translations must be submitted alongside your program draft in the Music Program and Translations submission form. Ensure the link is shared as "Anyone with a link can view" before submission.
We will only accept Word Docs or Docx. files - students who submit a PDF may not have a program in time.
“Prendi, per me sei libero”
Prendi, per me sei libero
Resta nel suol natio
Non v'ha destin si rio
Che non si cangi un di.
Qui dove tutti t'amano
Saggio, amoroso, onesto
Sempre scontento e mesto
No, non sarai cosi.
Take it, because of me you are free
Stay on your native soil
There is not destiny for you so bitter
That will not change one day.
Here where everyone loves you
Wise, loving, honest
Always unhappy and miserable
No, you will not always be that way.
"Quando m’en vo...”
Quando m’en vo soletta per la via,
La gente sosta e mira
E la bellezza mia tutta ricerca in me
Da capo a pie'...
Ed assaporo allor la bramosia
Sottil, che da gli occhi traspira
E dai palesi vezzi intender sa
Alle occulte beltà.
Così l'effluvio del desìo tutta m'aggira,
Felice mi fa!
E tu che sai, che memori e ti struggi
Da me tanto rifuggi?
So ben le angoscie tue non le vuoi dir,
Ma ti senti morir!
When I go all by myself through the street,
People stop and look,
and everyone looks at my beauty
from head to foot.
And therefore, I savor the subtle desire
which emanates from their eyes,
and from the obvious charms is understood
the hidden beauty.
Like this the flood of desire surrounds me,
it makes me happy!
And you who know, so that memory is tearing you up
Why do you fly from me so much again?
I know very well that you don’t want to speak about your agony,
But you feel yourself dying!
Event Description and Bio Examples
- Performance Recital: Student name, in collaboration with (accompanist name), will perform a (junior or senior) recital featuring works by (list composers).
- Composition Recital: Student name will present a Senior Composition Recital featuring original works composed during their time of study in the Department of Music under the instruction of (faculty name).
- Non-Degree Recital: Student name, in collaboration with (accompanist or another collaborator name), will perform a recital featuring works by (list composers).
- Piano Recitals:
- Junior Recital: Student name will perform a junior accompanying recital featuring works by (list composers). Featured collaborators include (list student names).
- Senior Recital: Student name will perform a senior recital featuring works by (list composers).
Sarah Potocki is a junior at Western Washington University earning her Bachelor of Arts in Music and minor in Psychology. She has been taking piano lessons since age four. Sarah grew up in Snohomish, Washington, where her parents and three older sisters encouraged her to play piano. Through an adjudication held at her former piano teacher Maria Sier’s studio, Sarah came in contact with Professor Gilliam. He shared insight about Western’s Music Department and inspired her to attend. Throughout Sarah’s time at Western, she has gratefully accepted scholarships from the Ada and Don Walter Endowment Fund, Dee Bergholz Music Scholarship, Ford Hill Piano Scholarship, William Sanford Piano Scholarship, and the Arthur C. Hicks Piano Scholarship. During her freshman year at Western, she was given the opportunity to play in a master class with her duo partner Nick Swanson for Anderson and Roe. She has also played in master classes for French pianist David Kadouch and most recently pianist Marija Ilic. Sarah is a performer as well as a teacher. She currently teaches eight students between ages four and ten. She has taken leadership in organizing semi-annual recitals for her students at the retirement home, St. Francis of Bellingham.
Fabian Nieto is in his third year studying clarinet performance and music education. He began his studies at Western Washington University in 2012. In 2013 he attended “El Conservatorio de las Rosas” in Michoacán, Mexico. But due to social and political instability, he returned to Western to continue with his studies. Fabian is a very active player in the community. He has been involved in multiple productions with Pacific Northwest Opera and serves as the clarinet coach for the Fidalgo Youth Symphony. He is also a private clarinet instructor in the WhatcomSkagit regions. Once Fabian completes his studies at WWU, he is eager to pursue his education further in graduate school and begin his career as an educator.
Yuliya Varavina is a junior majoring in Vocal Performance; she studies with Professor Kathryn Weld. Yuliya has received several honors, including the Oscar Olson Arts Scholarship, Don C. Walter Memorial Scholarship, and the R. Keagle Music Scholarship. Yuliya has performed for Erin Wall and Benjamin Smith in master classes at WWU has been a section leader in WWU Advanced Women Chorale 2013-2014 and had been a part of the Western Voices in the Spring of 2015. She is active as a soloist, choir accompanist, and string quintet director at her church. She had been a part of two opera scene productions, a full production of Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, and placed in Aria Competition in 2014 and 2015.
Check with your applied instructor before requesting a collaborative pianist. You may be assigned a student to work with or have repertoire that is unaccompanied.
The following are performance activities eligible for WWU music department collaborative pianists
- Degree recital hearings
- Masterclasses/Studio classes
- Concerto competitions
- Virginia Glover/Bellingham Music Club competitions
Collaborative Pianist Request Steps
- Ask your primary instructor if you need a staff pianist. You may be assigned a student to work with or have repertoire that is unaccompanied.
- Submit an E-sign request form as early as possible and no later than the 4th Monday of the quarter. Submitting a form does not guarantee you a pianist (see forms below).
- Attach PDFs of your music to the E-sign request form or email your music to the collaborative area after submitting your form. (Rachel Roulet: Vocal, Rebecca Manalac: Instrumental). Any repertoire changes after the 4th Monday will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
- Accompaniment hours are limited and will be assigned at the discretion of the collaborative pianists. Hours fill up quickly and often the collaborative area carries over students from prior quarters so it is imperative that requests be made as early as possible
- Collaborative pianists will allot accompanying hours based on difficulty/amount of repertoire.
- Any repertoire changes after the 4th Monday will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
- Requests for collaborative piano accompaniment for a recital must be made at least one full quarter ahead of the scheduled recital date. Allotted hours may not cover all rehearsals. See the recital drop-down for more details.
E-Sign Form Directions
After reviewing the request steps and important details above, carefully review the following instructions to be eligible for accompaniment hours. Submitting a form does not guarantee you a pianist.
- Fill out the form completely, and type your name and date on the Signature Line. If you are playing only selected movements or portions of a larger work, clearly indicate this on your form.
- Attach PDFs of piano accompaniment to the form or email them directly to Rachel Roulet (Vocal) or Rebecca Mañalac (Instrumental). The form will not be completed by the collaborative pianist area until they receive your music.
- Enter your applied instructor’s email in the final blue box and hit submit. This will route the form to your applied instructor. Your instructor will approve the information and submit the form to the collaborative pianists.
Your request will not be complete until copies of your music have been attached to the E-sign form or emailed to the collaborative pianists.
WWU Collaborative Pianists
Rachel Roulet, PA 140, Vocal Collaborative Pianist and Instructor of Collaborative Piano
Rebecca Mañalac, PA 176 and 123, Instrumental Collaborative Pianist
Local Pianist Recommendations
If not assigned an accompanist through the university, please refer to the list below to hire an accompanist according to your area of study policies.
|Name||Email Address||Phone Number|
|Ta Wei Tsaifirstname.lastname@example.org||240-997-3005|
- Requests for collaborative piano accompaniment for a recital must be made at least one full quarter ahead of the scheduled recital date.
- Allotted hours may not cover all rehearsals.
- Expect to pay your pianist $40-$60/hour for any additional rehearsal time booked.
- If a pianist is only used for a portion of a recital, the above rates may be negotiable.
- Payments are due directly to the pianist.
- Non-WWU pianists may be hired and paid at their own professional rates, subject to approval by the student’s primary instructor. See the "Collaborative Pianist" drop-down for recommendations.
The recital rates below cover the recital performance only and are separate from the WWU Music Department fees to hold a recital. The following are professional rates charged by the pianist that must be paid directly to the pianist, expect to pay for your recital in full at your dress rehearsal or final run-through.
- Senior Recital: $350
- Junior Recital: $200
- Graduate Recital: negotiable based on rep and length
- Other recitals: negotiable based on rep and length
These student recital rates are applicable if the student uses a staff pianist for their recital or jury. Non-staff pianists may be used and paid at their own professional rates, subject to approval by the student’s primary instructor. A current list of available pianists will be maintained on the WWU Music Department website.