Departmental Vision: The Washington and Lee University Department of Music will provide exceptional comprehensive music training in the context of an education in the liberal arts tradition. Students will benefit from close personal interaction with faculty members. The curriculum and pedagogy will be characterized by a commitment to relevance, innovation, and high academic standards.
The mission of the Department of Music is to prepare majors for careers or graduate study in music by providing the means to develop their abilities to perform, create, contextualize and analyze music. All W&L students have opportunities to pursue their musical interests through participation in the Department's classes, ensembles, applied lessons and events. Furthermore, the Department contributes to the region's cultural life through its diverse musical offerings.
The W&L Music Department offers a music major leading to the B.A. in Music. Students can major in sequences including Musicology, Performance, or Theory/Composition. Participation in the Department's instrumental and choral ensembles along with private instruction for all instruments and voice is open to all W&L students for credit.
The Department offers numerous concerts each year including those by student ensembles, our Concert Guild series, and Sonoklect, the new music/jazz series. Performances are held in the state-of-the-art Wilson Concert Hall, which opened in August of 2006, and the Lenfest Center for the Performing Arts. Department Ensembles regularly tour the United States and Europe.