Timothy Westerhaus, D.M.A.

Associate Professor of Music; Director of Choirs and Vocal Studies; Department Chair

Timothy Westerhaus is the director of choirs and vocal studies at Gonzaga University, where he also serves as music department chair. He is conductor of the professional chamber chorus, Spokane Kantorei. He serves as President of the Northwestern Region...

Portrait of Timothy Westerhaus, D.M.A. Associate Professor of Music; Director of Choirs and Vocal Studies; Department Chair

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Education & Curriculum Vitae

D.M.A., Choral Conducting, Boston University

M.M., Choral Conducting, Boston University

B.A., Liturgical Music, University of St. Thomas

Courses Taught

MUSC 131: Applied Conducting

MUSC 143: Chamber Chorus

MUSC 140: Concert Choir

MUSC 145: Women's Chorus

MUSC 211: Conducting

MUSC 247: Music of Christian Traditions

MUSC 391, 392, 393: Music History I, II, III


Timothy Westerhaus is the director of choirs and vocal studies at Gonzaga University, where he also serves as music department chair. He is conductor of the professional chamber chorus, Spokane Kantorei. He serves as President of the Northwestern Region of the American Choral Directors Association, University/College Curriculum Officer of Washington Music Educators Association, and as member of the National Collegiate Choral Organization Board. He sings professionally as a tenor in the Oregon Bach Festival chorus, performs as pianist in recitals, and leads Baroque performances from the harpsichord. He is passionate about intercultural musical exchanges, fostering positive choral community, sparking imagination through innovative performances, advocating for singing among all ages and contexts, and engaging choral arts with contemporary, relevant issues of society and culture in communities.

He has conducted collegiate and professional ensembles in the United States, Europe, Colombia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and he recently completed a South Korean residency as a Conducting Fellow of the International Conductor Exchange Program. As an educator, Dr. Westerhaus teaches courses in conducting, choral methods, and sacred music at Gonzaga University. As a tenor, he sings in the Oregon Bach Festival Berwick Chorus and has sung under Helmuth Rilling, Matthew Halls, John Butt, Jeffrey Kahane, and Craig Hella Johnson. As a solo pianist he performs recitals, and he leads Baroque performances from the harpsichord. Dr. Westerhaus received his master and doctoral degrees in choral conducting from Boston University, where he studied with Ann Howard Jones, and he received his bachelor’s degree in sacred music from the University of Saint Thomas, where he studied with Angela Broeker.

Performance Videos: Gonzaga University Choral Ensembles

Tõnu Kõrvits, Kreek's Notebook
I. Nüüd ole, Jeesus, Kildetud - Video (4:27”)

Shawn Kirchner, Heavenly Home: Three American Songs
Hallelujah - Video (3:25”) 

Arvo Pärt, Berliner Messe, Kyrie - Video (2:53”)

 

Live Concert Audio Selections

Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist: Conductor and Harpsichord

J. S. Bach, Violin Concerto E major, BWV 1042, Cathedral Collegium Orchestra
III. Allegro assai - Audio (2:44”)

 

J. S. Bach,  Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen, BWV 51, Cathedral Collegium Orchestra
I. “Jauchzet Gott” - Audio (4:28”) 

 

Global Engagement and Intercultural Exchange

“Music in the Air” Gonzaga in Zambia & Zimbabwe, 2017
Gonzaga Chamber Chorus - Video (4:35")

“Singing in Translation,” Bogotá and Cali, Colombia, 2015
Gonzaga Chamber Chorus Choir Residency at Universidades Javerianas - Video (5:40")

2016

Unclouded Day: Music of a Hopeful Search
CD Recording, Gonzaga University Concert Choir. St. Joseph Church, Seattle, WA.
Via Audio Seattle (40 minutes)

Ritual Song, Second Edition
G.I.A. Publications Hymnal Consultant

2015

Amazing Grace: Grace of the Past, of the Globe, of Wild Things, of Bright Visions
CD Recording, Gonzaga University Concert Choir. St. John’s Cathedral, Spokane, WA.
Stagecoach West Music Productions (40 minutes)

2014

“Pizzetti’s Messa di Requiem: Conservatively Neo-Renaissance yet Distinctly Dramatic”
The Choral Scholar, National Collegiate Choral Organization, pp. 3-18

2013

On that Shore: Male Ensemble Northwest CD Recording
Tenor, pianist, Chinook Wind Recording (45 minutes)

“Bridging the Gap: Connecting Choral Communities”
Unison, online publication of Washington American Choral Directors Association

2012 

“Using Technology to Create and Share Musical Analysis”
Choral Journal 53, analysis of Schubert’s Mass in G in article by Roger Hale, pp. 44-54

Cambridge Companion to Choral Music, André de Quadros, ed.
Editorial assistant, Cambridge University Press

2011 

“Intrinsic Silence: Musical Attentiveness in Practice, Theory, and Historical Context”
Unison, online publication of Washington American Choral Directors Association, 5 pp.

2010

Sandström, Sven-David. Messiah. Conducted by Helmuth Rilling.
Festivalensemble Stuttgart. Carus 83.453. CD. 2010. (1 hour 20 minutes)
World Premiere Recording. Choral tenor, rehearsal assistant.

2009 

“Analyzing the Choral-Orchestral Score,” Ann Howard Jones
Structural analyses in Wisdom, Wit, and Will, G.I.A. Publications, pp. 13-40

2008-Present

Choral Score Reviews in Pastoral Music
Bi-annual publications, National Association of Pastoral Musicians

2006

“Discerning the Call to Serve as a Pastoral Musician”
Pastoral Music 30, National Association of Pastoral Musicians

2005

“Modern Mandates for Music Ministry with Youth”
G.I.A. Quarterly, G.I.A. Publications