The Department of Music provides instruction by experienced professionals, connections with world-class performers, and opportunities to share your vocal or instrumental talents with the campus and greater community through participation in a variety of small ensembles and larger choirs, bands and orchestras.
With curriculum taught by an outstanding faculty, you can prepare for your desired career in areas such as music performance, ministry, education, composition and business.
Students have the opportunity to perform on/off campus in a variety of musical performance ensembles (for a one-hour course credit).
The purpose of these groups is to allow the student the opportunity to experience quality music in an ensemble setting. Musicians participating in Music DepartmentPerformance Groups number over 400 each year.
A large number of non-music major students join with music majors/minors andcommunity musicians to present inspiring and challenging music. These performanceshave run the gamut from appearances in Carnegie Hall to annual performances on theGWU Concert and Recital Series, the GWU Choral Clinic, the Festival of Lights, GWUathletic events, the GWU Choral Union Concert, the Student Day at the Opera, and theGWU Regional Concerto Competition.
Each Music Major/Minor is required to satisfactorily participate in performance group meeting their curriculum requirements.
Vocal ensembles include Concert Choir, Chorale, Chorale Union and Opera Theatre.Instrumental ensembles include University Orchestra, Symphonic Band, andMarching/Pep Band
Vocal ensembles include Vocal Chamber Ensemble, Musical Theatre, and Workshopsand Musicals. Instrumental ensembles include Jazz Ensemble, Praise Ensemble, andChamber Music for All Instruments
Honors music scholarships are given to music majors and are awarded based on a scholarship audition, showing the student’s level of performance/ability. These awards are renewed annually.
Auditions are typically held in the spring semester, beginning in January. The earlier an applicant auditions, the more money is available, so we encourage you to audition as early as you can.
For more information or questions, please email [email protected] or call 704-406-4448.
The program is co-sponsored by the College of Health Sciences, the Department of Music and the Alfred and Shirley Wampler Caudill Fund.
Three members of the GWU music faculty perform in Carolina Brass: Trumpeter, Tim Hudson; horn player, Bob Campbell; and trombonist, Dave Wulfeck. Hudson founded Carolina Brass in 1997. The group’s mission is to promote the understanding of music and to improve the performance level of musicians of all ages through performances, residencies, master classes, and recordings. With a program that features humor mixed with classical, jazz and Broadway music, their show is fun for the entire family.
I can honestly say that every professor in the music department has made some impact on my life, whether they know it or not.”
Gardner-Webb helped prepare me (for graduate school) by giving me a solid foundation in music. I grew as a person and developed a solid work ethic at GWU that I was able to take with me to graduate school.”
I had access to quality professors in a setting that allowed us to get up close and personal with the material presented as well as the practical applications that would come after graduation.”