About the Department

Over 500 students enroll in music courses, ensembles, and lessons each semester. Gonzaga University’s distinguished tradition dates to 1887 and focuses entirely on undergraduate students. Gonzaga’s faculty include 34 full-time and adjunct faculty members, with specialties including jazz, classical music, opera, composition, and global music.

Gonzaga values student-mentor relationships, and students benefit from small classes, music leadership opportunities, and faculty-sponsored internships and research fellowships.

All students enrolled in ensembles or lessons have access to newly refurbished practice rooms and a technology lab with keyboard interfaces, allowing students to compose, edit, and arrange music.

In winter 2019, Gonzaga opened the Woldson Performing Arts Center, with two innovative performance venues: a 750-seat concert hall and 150-seat recital hall and choral rehearsal hall.

Gonzaga University is a fully accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music.

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Peter Hamlin

A Message from the Chair

A note from Peter Hamlin, chair of the Department of Music.

Members of GU's Wind Symphony pose before a performance at the Fox Theater


Our Music Department provides several ensemble options.

Members of the GU Jazz Ensemble perform at the 2016 Blue Allusions Concert

Music Scholarships

Gonzaga offers several different scholarships for Music regardless of major.

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