College of Fine & Performing Arts


Program Contacts

Performing Arts Center Map

 MAP-Performing Arts Center.pdf

Current Music Students

Please visit our current student resources page for more information regarding  department policies, area policies, recitals and other program information.

Incoming Music Students

All students interested in becoming a Music major or minor must complete an audition on their primary instrument or voice. If you have not already requested an audition and are interested in becoming a music major or minor, please visit our entrance auditions page. After a student has completed an audition they will receive an official email from Lee Anne Frahn regarding their audition results and degree status. Students will be asked to confirm their intention to enroll in the music major or minor. Please note, our confirmation deadline will be before the general university deadline of May 1. This allows us to grant the studio placement to students who are wait listed so they may be able to confirm their enrollment by the university deadline.

Incoming music students will receive advising during Summerstart or fall advising for freshman, and Transitions for transfer students. Freshman are required to attend summer start or fall advising to receive advising and to register for music courses. Transfer students who choose not to attend this orientation are required to email Lee Anne Frahn to schedule an in person or phone advising session to register for classes. This advising session should take place in early August to receive overrides before registration opens again for all Western students.

Academics and Degrees

Incoming students who are interested in becoming a major or minor should explore our degree options and review our declaration and audition process. Please contact Lee Anne Frahn with any questions regarding this information.


Students interested in participating in ensembles should explore our performing ensemble list. While most ensembles require an audition, we do offer one band and two choirs that can be joined without prior placement. Ensemble auditions will take place in September before school begins. Please visit our ensemble audition page for more information.


Incoming students interested in music education should contact Dr. Patricia Bourne for more information regarding the music education major and recommendations. Students interested in the music composition program should contact Dr. Lesley Sommer for more information regarding the composition portfolio and program. All other questions regarding the music program can be initially answered through our program coordinator Lee Anne Frahn.