History of Hip Hop online this summer

Gain Humanities GUR credits this Summer with our History of Hip-Hop course Music 106 CRN 30721 (3 Credits HUM GUR). This online course executes a survey of Hip-Hop through the study of the major works of Hip-Hop Music's most influential artists. The course will cover the history, culture and influence of the art form; from the beginning as a Black inner-city youth movement of the early 1970's to a major popular culture center in the early 21st century.


Outstanding Graduate in Music: Sarah Yates

Sarah Yates will graduate from Western with a Bachelor of Music degree in History & Literature and a minor in Jazz Studies. Originally planning to study public history and early music, she decided to focus on jazz after becoming fascinated with the work of Django Reinhardt. Some of her mentors along this journey include Michael-Paul Gurulé, Dr. Melanie Sehman, Kevin Woods, Dr. Bertil van Boer, Greg Feingold, Lache Cercel, and Dr. Anna Booker.


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.

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