Gonzaga Music Department

Coming in 2018 - The Myrtle Woldson Performing Arts Center!

Gonzaga University intends to break ground in spring 2017 on the Myrtle Woldson Performing Arts Center, a transformative $30 million facility made possible by an extraordinary $55 million gift from the late Miss Myrtle Woldson - the largest gift in University history.  The estimated 57, 550 square-foot, two-story building, expected to be completed by winter 2018, sets in motion a new era for Gonzaga's leadership in the creative arts and the humanities while providing a magnificent venue for the entire community.  Pfeiffer Partners of Los Angeles is the lead architect for the facility with Bernardo-Wills Architects of Spokane. The theatre and music consultant is Auerbach Pollock Friedlander of San Francisco. The building targets “Gold” certification from the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system.

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Our goal is to develop competent leaders in music,
music education, and the arts.

The Passion

  • Gonzaga is the only Jesuit University on the West Coast that offers both a Bachelor of Arts in Music and Music Education. The Music Department faculty and staff are committed to preserving and developing the long and distinguished tradition of excellence in humanistic, Catholic, and Jesuit education.

  • The music department is fully accredited as an Associate Member of the National Association of Schools of Music.

  • The music program at Gonzaga integrates liberal arts learning with a specialized competence in music. Our goal is to develop competent leaders in music, music education, and the arts.

  • While we commit ourselves to preparing students to pursue music as a profession, we also believe that all students will be more effective leaders in their communities and professions when enriched with the opportunity to explore and develop their personal musical talents and creative imagination.

The Program

Long Tradition

Dating back to 1889, Gonzaga University has a long and truly outstanding tradition in the formal study of music. Serving over 600 students each semester, the Music Department allows students at all levels of music proficiency to pursue their interests.

Individualized Attention

Students also receive personal attention in small classes that often have fewer than ten students. This environment maximizes creativity and inspires students to truly reach their full musical potential.

Latest Technology

Both majors and non-majors have access to the Department’s Music and Technology Labs, which feature state of the art music technology. Technology interfaces instrumental keyboards with computers, allowing students to compose, edit, arrange, and record music.

Music Degrees
Bachelor of Arts in Music
  • Performance Concentration
  • Composition Concentration
  • General Studies in Music
Bachelor of Arts in Music Education
  • Of the 28 Jesuit Universities in the nation, Gonzaga is one of three that offers a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education.
  • Certifies the graduate to teach music in the elementary and secondary schools in the state of Washington and forty-six reciprocating states.
Minor in Music
  • General Minor
  • Jazz Performance Minor
  • Conducting Minor
502 E. Boone Avenue
Spokane, WA 99258-0079

Dr. Timothy Westerhaus
Chair, Music Department
Phone: (509) 313-6733
(800) 986-9585, ext. 6733