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About the Music Program

Westminster's Music program prioritizes teaching that centers on the individual. Majors, minors, and participants all receive individualized attention in smaller class sizes; have opportunities for a music scholarship; and are given occasions to take the spotlight in solo and ensemble performances, competitions, workshops, and interdisciplinary activities.

In the Music program, you are encouraged to discover other interests where you can forge new pathways for your creativity. Faculty are passionate about helping you transform into a highly-skilled, competitive artist and performer. Each of them has years of experience teaching in the classroom and private studio, performing on stage, and working in the recording studio.

Music Student Singing with Accompanist

Upcoming Music Performances

Westminster offers musical performances from students, faculty, and members of the Salt Lake community throughout the year.

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Auditions

Auditions for entrance into the Music program are held annually in January, February, and March. Music scholarships are awarded based on the audition process. Students who audition before March 1 are given scholarship priority, so it is strongly recommend that you schedule your audition as early as possible.

Learn about Music Auditions

Preview Lessons

One of the most important components of any music education is the rapport and trust between teacher and student. The Music program provides the unique opportunity of meeting with Westminster music instructors during a preview lesson to find out for yourself if you like their style of teaching. Additionally, you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions about your audition or seek advice on your particular career path.

To schedule a preview lesson, contact the Music program at 801.832.2379 or music@westminstercollege.edu.

Student Receiving Piano Lesson

Performing Ensembles and Private Lessons

The Music program offers classes, ensembles, private lessons, and other performance opportunities to further explore your interest in music.

Ensembles

Westminster College music ensembles are open to capable and committed students, faculty, staff, and in some cases, members of the community. Ensembles include:

  • Westminster Community Choir
  • Westminster Chamber Singers
  • Westminster Chamber Orchestra
  • Westminster Jazz Ensemble
  • Percussion Ensemble
  • Chamber Players
  • Westminster Opera Studio

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Private Lessons

All Westminster students can register for 1—2 credit hours of private music lessons. The Music program offers lessons in voice, piano, guitar, percussion, flute, cello, violin, and bass. You will have 13 weekly lessons per semester, each lasting 30 minutes for 1 credit hour, or 60 minutes for 2 credit hours. Private lesson courses are graded and cannot be audited. The majority of your lesson will be focused on technique, repertoire, and artistry.

Learn About Private Instrumental Lessons Learn About Private Voice Lessons

Community Partnerships

Westminster’s music department is proud to partner with performing arts organizations across Salt Lake City. Many current Westminster students participate in the following organizations:

If your organization or high-school performing ensemble is interested in collaborating on performance opportunities, or reserving the Vieve Gore Concert Hall for an upcoming event, please contact our music department at music@westminstercollege.edu.

Summer Camps

High school students can learn from Westminster's music faculty during 2 summer camps: SummerSong for singers and pianists and Strings Camp for violin, cello, and double bass players. Students must apply and be accepted into a camp to participate. Scholarships are available.

Learn About SummerSong Learn about Strings camp

Florence J. Gillmor Hall Expansion

Florence J. Gillmor Hall, an expansion to the existing Jewett Center for the Performing Arts, will transform the experience of performing and fine arts students with enhanced classroom, rehearsal, and performance spaces. To better serve the growing number of music majors and minors, the expansion will include:

  • A 100-seat recital hall that will showcase Westminster's emphasis on solo and small group performances. This performance space will house 2 concert grand pianos; a 5-channel immersive audiovisual system; and ideal acoustics for student and faculty solo and chamber music recitals, guest masterclasses, lectures, and more.
  • Sound-proof practice rooms and teaching spaces that will allow students essential practice time on new pianos, opportunities to rehearse chamber music together, and for faculty to teach private lessons
  • A choir rehearsal room with vaulted ceilings and surround seating that will accommodate guest lectures and informal student performances as well as provide space for the Westminster Chamber Singers and Westminster Community Choir ensembles to rehearse
  • A student lounge where students from the Music, Theatre, and Dance programs can hang out, study together, or put together an impromptu performance

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Meet the Faculty

Dr. Christopher Puckett

Dr. Christopher Puckett

Assistant Professor of Voice; Director of Vocal Studies
Dr. Christopher Quinn

Dr. Christopher Quinn

Florence J. Gillmor Professor of Music
Hilary Koolhoven

Hilary Koolhoven

Adjunct Professor
Aubrey Adams-McMillan

Aubrey Adams-McMillan

Adjunct Professor
Emily Nelson

Emily Nelson

Adjunct Professor

Emily Williams

Emily Williams

Vocal Coach/Collaborative Pianist
Pegsoon Whang

Pegsoon Whang

Director of Westminster Strings and Strings Camp
Sarah Arnesen

Sarah Arnesen

Applied Music Faculty
Emily Hackworth

Emily Hackworth

Adjunct Professor
Kristiana Henderson

Kristiana Henderson

Adjunct Professor
Lun Jiang

Lun Jiang

Adjunct Professor
Yuki MacQueen

Yuki MacQueen

Adjunct Professor
Julie Mark

Julie Mark

Adjunct Professor
Abigail Neff

Abigail Neff

Adjunct Professor
Whittney Thomas

Whittney Thomas

Adjunct Professor
Louise Vickerman

Louise Vickerman

Adjunct Professor
David Yavornitzsky

David Yavornitzsky

Applied Music Faculty
Dr. Kimi Kawashima

Dr. Kimi Kawashima

Assistant Director of Music; Director of SummerSong Piano
Dr. Jason Hardink

Dr. Jason Hardink

Adjunct Professor
Kerri Green

Kerri Green

Adjunct Professor
Sally Humphreys

Sally Humphreys

Adjunct Professor



Devin Maxwell

Dr. Devin Maxwell

Adjunct Professor
Leslie Henrie

Dr. Leslie Henrie

Applied Music Faculty
Craig Moore

Craig Moore

Adjunct Professor
Katie Porter

Katie Porter

Adjunct Professor
Edmund Rollett

Edmund Rollett

Applied Music Faculty
Kyra Sovronsky

Kyra Sovronsky

Adjunct Professor
Susan Swidnicki

Susan Swidnicki

Adjunct Professor
Lori Wike

Lori Wike

Applied Music Faculty
David Halliday

David Halliday

Director of Jazz and Popular Music, Adjunct Professor
Dr. Brandon Derfler

Dr. Brandon Derfler

Associate Professor
Chris Hough

Chris Hough

Adjunct Professor
Alex Rowe

Alex Rowe

Adjunct Professor
Courtney (Isaiah) Smith

Courtney (Isaiah) Smith

Applied Music Faculty
Don Miller

Dr. Don Miller

Adjunct Professor
Parker Swenson

Parker Swenson

Adjunct Professor