Western Hemisphere Orchestra Spring Tour

Last week the Western Hemisphere Orchestra toured in San Francisco, CA as part of their annual spring tour. The group, directed by Dr. Keller Coker, consists of instrumentalists and vocalists, totaling roughly twenty WOU students. The band plays a variety of styles, including jazz, rock, blues, soul, Brazilian, and pop music.  While in San Francisco, [more…]

Preview: Sara Gazarek with the American Metropole Orchestra

On Friday, April 8, 2016, jazz vocalist Sara Gazarek will be performing with the American Metropole Orchestra at 7:30 pm in Rice Auditorium. The American Metropole Orchestra is a professional group of local musicians that includes WOU faculty and students. The concert will feature music from Gazarek’s album Blossom and Bee, as well as music [more…]

WOU Music Department Concerts – Bossa Nova to the Beatles!

The WOU Music Department will be putting on six concerts from March 6-11 featuring everything from bossa nova to the Beatles! Tonight Orquestra Brasil presents “Mostly Bossa Nova” and tomorrow the WOU Concert Choir and Chamber Singers will present “From the Heart/Love and Devotion.” If you like the Beatles, then you’ll definitely want to see [more…]

Grad Student Profile: Carlee Nelson

Carlee Nelson, an honors graduate and current M.S. in Education (Information Technology) student, is sitting at her desk in the honors office in APSC. Currently serving as the Honors Program Specialist, Nelson works with her advisor Dr. Gavin Keulks in assisting the current honors students as they make their way through the program. “As a [more…]

Preview: Holiday Tree Lighting 2015

Western Oregon University will be hosting the 48th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting on Friday, December 4, 2015. The activities kick off at 6:00 pm with a holiday parade, which leaves from the Monmouth Library. At 7:00 pm, attendees can enjoy a local school choir concert, drink wine and listen to music at the historic Gentle [more…]

Preview: WOU Music Department Concerts

The WOU Music Department will be hosting twelve concerts in the next few weeks, so be sure to make room in your schedule to sit back, relax, and enjoy some great music! All concerts begin at 7:30 pm* and are held on campus in either Smith Recital Hall or in Rice Auditorium. For orchestral music… [more…]

Fall Art Exhibits

Do you love visiting art galleries? Interested in seeing what local artists in the Willamette Valley are creating? Then you’ll definitely want to check out the exciting art exhibits at WOU this fall. From posters dating from the 1930s to recent art by WOU professors, the campus has a diverse range of exhibits on display [more…]

Preview: Spanish Vocal Recital

Spanish Vocal Recital Poster
On Tuesday, November 10, the WOU Music Department will open its Guest Artist Series with Spanish Song Treasures at Smith Recital Hall at 7:30 pm. The recital will feature vocals by mezzo-soprano Dr. Karen Esquivel, who will be accompanied on piano by Dr. Gustavo Castro. Both Dr. Esquivel and Dr. Castro are faculty members at [more…]

Preview: Dmitri Matheny Show

Dmitri Matheny
On Wednesday, November 4, jazz musician Dmitri Matheny will be performing at Smith Recital Hall at 7:30 pm. General tickets are $8, student and senior tickets are $5, and WOU students attend for free with valid student I.D. Noted for his expressive improvising, Matheny is “one of the jazz world’s most talented horn players” (San Francisco [more…]

Preview: Ed Kawasaki Lecture

On Wednesday, October 28, the Hamersly Library will be hosting a lecture by Ed Kawasaki from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. Nuclear bomb survivor, Ed Kawasaki, will share his memories of being in Hiroshima on August 7, 1945 when the first nuclear bomb exploded over the city. The lecture will be held in HL 107, with [more…]

Preview: Western Oregon University Food Day

Food Day is a nationwide celebration held annually on October 24th. Food Day promotes a movement towards healthy, affordable, and sustainable food. Western Oregon University Food Day will be held Thursday, October 22 through Friday, October 23, and will feature movies, workshops, meals, and a vendor and information fair. Western Oregon University Food Day involves [more…]

2015-16 Smith Fine Arts Series

Interested in watching a concert? Want to engage in a community outreach program? Attend a picnic? Enjoy music and dance? The Smith Fine Arts Series provides all of that and more to the Monmouth community. The Smith Fine Arts Series brings world-class entertainment to Western Oregon University each year. Currently celebrating its 39th season, the [more…]

Death by Design: A New Comedy Classic

WOU Theater Company’s latest production, Death by Design, is a hilarious comedy act involving distinct characters, an intricate plot, and a mysterious murder. The play is set in the early 1930s in a country house in Cookham, England. Playwright Edward Bennett and his wife, actress Sorel Bennett, have fled London for the weekend after receiving [more…]

2014 Election Results: A Suburban Battle

On November 12, 2014, guest speaker Dr. Ed Dover presented a lecture, “The 2014 National and State Elections: Results and Meaning,” part of The Social Science Symposium Series. During the lecture, Dover discussed several political themes that are constant in elections on a local and national level. The first of these themes was the division [more…]