The Western Michigan University School of Music is dedicated to the advancement of the musical arts through traditional study and performance, while promoting the development of new musical paths which prepare students for an ever-changing profession.
Each year more than 400 students audition for approximately 100 openings in WMU’s music program. Our 475 students come from the U.S. and countries such as Canada, Mexico, Honduras, Chile, Brazil, Ecuador, South Africa, Germany, Finland, China, and Russia. The School of Music is housed in the Dorothy U. Dalton Center, which offers some of the finest music rehearsal, study, practice, and performance spaces in the region. We are the first university in the state of Michigan to become an All-Steinway School.
Our students and faculty present over 800 performances each year; have won various international competitions; and perform nationally and internationally including recent tours to Australia, China, Brazil, Mexico, Germany, Austria, Hungary, and Russia. Music students have amassed over 100 DownBeat Student Music Awards since 1984, ranking WMU among the top three collegiate award winners in the nation since that time. Our degree offerings include one of the oldest music therapy programs in the nation, and music therapy students are 100 percent employed. WMU faculty members hold degrees from premiere institutions, and our four faculty ensembles-in-residence regularly record and tour.
The WMU School of Music offers performance opportunities in more than 20 ensembles, including five choirs, four jazz ensembles, three bands, University Symphony Orchestra, Opera Workshop, a new music ensemble, and various specialty ensembles. Each year WMU students work closely with numerous high-profile guest artists, including Samuel Ramey, Billy Hart, Paquito D’Rivera, Christopher O’Riley, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, ICE, George Crumb, Leonard Slatkin, and Simon Carrington, among many others.