The performing ensembles at Western Michigan University have assumed a significant role in the cultural, educational and aesthetic environment of the greater University community. Additionally, as they have traveled throughout Michigan, the United States, South America, Europe and Asia, these performing ensembles have favorably extended Western's distinguished reputation of excellence in the arts.
The educational process of ensemble training culminates in a variety of concerts and recitals. In a recent 10-year period, the School of Music at WMU presented nearly 4,300 concerts for audiences totaling well over 1.1 million people. This included more than 2,300 campus events, extensive touring in Michigan plus concerts in 35 other states and 15 foreign countries.
These ensembles serve a dual function for students at WMU. The music major is offered a variety of professional opportunities, each of which is dedicated to thorough preparation and high standards of performance. Equally important, however, is the opportunity offered to other musically inclined students who may wish to continue enriching experiences they enjoyed prior to University enrollment.
The School of Music at Western Michigan University is home to the teaching and study of nearly every instrument. Studios typically include both graduate and undergraduate students pursuing mastery of a particular instrument toward a major in music performance, music education, music therapy, or composition. School of Music majors take applied lessons with their studio professors—not with graduate students.
Our studios are supportive communities in which students meet regularly to perform with and learn from one another. Within the larger School of Music, they become our students’ homes away from home.
Students are selected to join a studio by audition during New Student Admission Days and must also be accepted by the university. Questions about the school's studios may be directed to the appropriate faculty; please see the Directory for a complete faculty listing. Several of the school's studios have their own websites.