Music at KWU

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The Department of Music at Kansas Wesleyan University invites both music majors and non-music majors to participate as instrumentalists and vocalists in its various musical ensembles and in university stage musical productions, now a newly-formed collaboration with Salina Community Theatre.

At KWU, musicians from all academic disciplines are involved in a wide range of groups: Wind Ensemble, Philharmonic Orchestra, String Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Philharmonic Choir and Wesleyan Chorale. LEARN MORE ABOUT KWU MUSIC ENSEMBLES HERE.

Exciting music opportunities are made available for students in all academic disciplines at Kansas Wesleyan University. Below are just a few recent examples.

Kansas Wesleyan University Hosts Its First-Ever International String Extravaganza 

In April 2015, KWU hosted four days of concerts, masterclasses and a freshman scholarship competition, organized by Dr. Jesse Henkensiefken, 

For more information of the schedule for this premiere event,, click on 2015 String Extravaganza in the right-hand menu.

KWU Choirs Tour Eastern Europe!

In May 2014, the KWU Choir participated in a concert tour of Eastern Europe. Accompanied by Alumni and friends, the ensemble visited Prague, Vienna and Budapest - with quick stops in Bratislava, Slovakia and Estyrgom, Hungary. In addition to performing a concert of American choral music in local churches, the group toured local sights and famous attractions.


About Kansas Wesleyan Music

The Kansas Wesleyan University Department of Music offers majors in:

  • Music Performance
  • Music General
  • Music Education
  • Minor in Music

Music Course Descriptions

The Department of Music’s foundation is built upon faculty members who are well qualified in their specific content area to broaden each student’s knowledge and understanding of music. Each faculty member, in addition to stressing quality performances, emphasizes the day-to-day basic music education techniques that lend themselves to preparing students to become well prepared educators.

Why Kansas Wesleyan?

Students at Kansas Wesleyan are encouraged to take part in all facets of the music program. Additionally, students are able to tailor their course of study to match specific interest or goals, such as instrumental conducting, composition or operatic solo singing. Because of these unique small-school advantages, graduates from KWU enter the classroom as a well-rounded music educator, possessing the skills needed for today's music teaching jobs.