Music Department

Why Music?

The Music programs are designed to provide student musicians the opportunity to become knowledgeable and creative artists, prepared to pursue several career paths within the field of music. Graduates go on to earn graduate degrees at many prestigious institutions.

What makes us great:
A wide variety of music programs; accreditation by the National Association of Schools of Music; a comprehensive faculty comprised of 35 artist-teachers; small class sizes; an emphasis on applied skills with many performance opportunities in solo, chamber and larger ensembles. Westfield State's proximity to several thriving cultural scenes makes it a prime consideration for music programs in Massachusetts.


Westfield State University Choral Tour - 2016

We are pleased to announce that the Westfield State University Select Touring Ensemble will be performing a spring recruiting tour to Connecticut, NYC, and Washington, DC.  The 2016 Tour will be the first one of its kind in more than a decade.

The Select Touring Ensemble is made up of students from both the auditioned and non-auditioned ensembles at Westfield State. Dr. Felicia Barber, Director of Choral Activities at Westfield State University, is its current conductor.

Concerts will feature music from various traditions, and backgrounds including composers: Andre Thomas, Undine Moore, Claude Debussy, Morten Lauridsen, Gerald Finzi, Nils Lindberg, and Anne Barry.  We will kick off with a concert at St. George Greek Cathedral next Friday, March 11, 2016 at 7:30pm.   Admission is free for each performance!  Faculty, students, and alumni are encouraged to attend!

Choral Tour

Department Spotlight

WSU big band saxophones

Audition Information

In addition to submitting a completed application for admission to Westfield State University, all prospective music majors and minors must audition to be considered for admission to the music program. The application deadline is March 1st, 2016.

Audition dates for the current Academic Year:
December 17, 2015
January 30, 2016
February 20, 2016
March 5, 2016
April 2, 2016

To schedule an audition, please complete and submit an Audition Data Form.

Students interested in part-time, Post-Baccalaureate, or Second Bachelor's programs should contact Shelly Henrichon in the Division of Graduate and Continuing Education prior to scheduling an audition (

Department Announcements


Student Resources

Information for current students

Music Education Page
Choral Studies
Piano Studies
Woodwind Studies
Brass Studies
String Studies
Percussion Studies
Voice Studies


Piano Ensemble
Wind Symphony
Jazz Big Band
University Chorus and Chorale
Small Jazz Ensembles
Classical Guitar Ensemble
Percussion Ensemble
Music Theater Workshop
String Ensemble
Flute Ensemble
Saxophone Ensemble
Trumpet Ensemble
Trombone Ensemble


WSU Graduates are currently employed in these careers:

  • Teachers in public and private schools
  • Professional performers
  • Composers
  • Music Directors
  • Entertainment (Cruise ships, Disney)
  • College Professors
  • Military Bands