Alumna Natalie Wilson (Music Education, '84) inducted into Hall of Fame

In 2018, Natalie Wilson (Music Education, '84) received the “Tenuto Award” from the Friends of Frank DeMiero Jazz Festival, and she was named the Regional Outstanding Music Educator in 2012 and 2014. In 2013, the Camas School District named her “Employee of the Year.”

And, most recently, Wilson learned she will soon be inducted into the Washington Music Educators Association (WMEA) “Hall of Fame.”


Alum Andrew Christianson selected for national singing competition

WWU Music alum Andrew Christianson was one of only twenty-four singing actors (ages 20-28) from across the nation selected to compete in the semi-finals of the National Teachers of Singing Musical Theatre Competition in New York City, on Saturday, January 11, 2020.

The preliminary rounds of the competition took place during October and November.


Music Department ensembles open to all students

Take me to the audition requirements.

Western Washington University Department of Music holds ensemble auditions each fall for all the major instrumental and vocal ensembles. The auditions are open to all Western students with an interest in performing music while attending, regardless of major or minor.

Ensemble auditionees prepare music from a list, based on the instrument played, or vocal type. Ensembles include Wind Symphony, Orchestra, Choirs, Symphonic Band, and other.


Meet Awarding-Winning WWU Sax Combo 'Equus'

Equus, a saxophone quartet comprising four Western Washington University students, has advanced to the prestigious Music Teachers’ National Association Young Artist Chamber Music competition in Chicago.

The group, one of just seven wind ensembles to advance to nationals, will compete on Saturday, March 22.

The group is taught by Affiliate Professor Fred Winkler. Members are Soren Hamm, soprano saxophone; Matt Birmingham, alto saxophone; David Hoogkamer, tenor saxophone;  and David Decker, baritone saxophone.


Orcas Center announces new executive director Dimitri Stankevich

For his entire life, Dimitri Stankevich has received a paycheck from one place: the YMCA.

The long-time Camp Orkila director is shifting gears into an entirely new area: leading a performing arts center.

Stankevich was a music major at Western Washington University. Stankevich’s first day as the ED of Orcas Center is March 25.

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Photo: Left to right: Dimitri Stankevich and Jim Bredouw. Image courtesy Colleen Smith/staff.


Jarred Main wins San Francisco Choral Artists' New Voices Project

Jarred Main (b. 1999, Bellingham, Washington) was singing before he could talk. Born partially deaf, he found music a comforting way to communicate. He started composing originally to supplement his sight reading, but soon fell in love with the methods, freedom, and ideas behind composition. He has been passionately composing for six years and is currently a sophomore, double majoring at Western Washington University in Music Composition with Dr. Charles Halka and Music Education.

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