Susan Pickett (Music)
The department of music at Whitman College offers a Bachelor of Arts degree with possible special emphases in performance, theory/composition, history, or jazz. Recognizing its role in a liberal arts institution, the department offers applied lessons and curricular choices for majors and nonmajors alike. More than 30 percent of the student body participates in the music program through performance, individual lessons, or academic classes.
The major ensembles on campus — Chorale, Chamber Singers, Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, and Wind Ensemble — are open to all students by audition. Opera productions have included Bizet’s Carmen, Gilbert and Sullivan’s Iolanthe and Gondoliers, Mozart’s Magic Flute and The Marriage of Figaro, Puccini’s La Boheme, Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, and Bernstein’s Candide.