• "W" bassoons
  • Bassoon students
  • Dalton Center bassoons

Bassoon Studio

Western Michigan University's bassoon studio is comprised of a select group of bassoonists who major in a variety of music-related fields, such as performance, music education, composition and music therapy. Some members of the studio have also chosen to double major in music and another field. Bassoon students are provided with numerous opportunities for growth. Internationally-known guest artists often visit the studio, presenting recitals, clinics or master classes each year.

Irving S. Gilmore School of Music

The Irving S. Gilmore School of Music is recognized for its excellence in instruction and performance. With nearly 600 majors, admission is selective and competitive. Students perform with a variety of outstanding ensembles. They include the University Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Band and the Jazz Orchestra, all of which have toured throughout the United States, South America, Europe, Australia and Asia. These performing ensembles have favorably extended Western's distinguished reputation of excellence in the arts. Many instrumental students participate in one of three bands, the 300-piece Bronco Marching Band, several jazz ensembles and combos, and various chamber ensembles.

The Irving S. Gilmore School of Music is housed in the Dalton Center on WMU's main campus in Kalamazoo. Dalton is an outstanding music facility, with excellent performance, practice, library, and computer facilities. It includes two recital halls, a multi-track digital recording studio, an electronic music laboratory, a 10,000 square foot music library, a state-of-the-art multi-media room, a music therapy clinic, a computer laboratory featuring a special MIDI station and Macintosh PowerPC computers (each equipped with a Yamaha synthesizer and a Roland sound module), and one of the world’s largest installations of prefabricated, sound-isolated practice rooms and teaching studios. 


Located in Kalamazoo just 2½ hours from both Chicago and Detroit, Western Michigan University is in the center of the Midwestern musical scene, making it an inspirational and ideal place to study music. With nearly 24,000 students, Western is listed among the top 100 public universities in the country. If you intend to study at an outstanding university with a superb music program, we hope you will consider Western Michigan University.