Ready to turn your passion for singing or playing an instrument into a way to serve others through performance and education? Music may be the best major for you.

Why Saint Martin's University

The music program at Saint Martin's is a dynamic program that combines academic excellence with intensive performance opportunities. Courses integrate the study of music literature, history, education and theory with musical performance as a means of developing intellect, familiarity with a variety of cultures and interpersonal relationships.

  • Degrees in music performance and music education
  • Private studio lessons with distinguished master teachers from the Pacific Northwest
  • Frequent opportunities to observe and perform in master classes (concentrated group sessions)
  • Music@11, Saint Martin’s formal recital series - seasoned classical musicians and consummate performers demonstrate protocol and process, instrumentation, periods and genres
  • Musical variety in courses offered: classical, contemporary, opera, musical theatre, pop
  • Career paths

    Our graduates leave Saint Martin's with the academic and performance skills necessary to succeed within the music industry, or related fields, with confidence, professionalism and poise. Possible careers include:

    • Teacher
      • K-12
      • College Level
      • Community Music Schools
      • Religious Organizations
      • Private Studio
    • Electronic Production and Design
      • Audio Engineering
      • Mastering, Mixing, Music Directing
      • Recording Engineer
    • Entertainment Lawyer or Music Business Lawyer
    • Fundraiser
    • Grant Writer
    • Instrument Builder/Designer
    • Instrument Repair and Restoration
    • Lyricist
    • Music Critic, Reviewer, Blogger
    • Music Curator

    For a complete list of professional applications, visit "What Can I Do With Major?". For additional information about how Saint Martin’s can help you find the career for you, visit our Career Center.

Who to Contact

Darrell Born

Darrell Born

Chair of Fine Arts
Associate Professor, music,

Performance opportunities


  • Saint Martin’s University Choral (presents several performances throughout the year, including the Sacred Music Concert, the Christmas Concert, the Hope Concert and the Major Works Concert)
  • Private study with Saint Martin's faculty (all voice types)
  • Studio workshops
  • Musical theater (see also theater arts)


  • Saint Martin’s University Wind Ensemble (presents four major programs per year and offers opportunities for chamber winds and Saint Martin's University Brass)
  • Saint Martin’s Jazz Ensemble
  • Saints Pep Band
  • Private study with Saint Martin's faculty (flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, horn, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, tuba, percussion, drumset)
  • Studio workshops
  • Guitar ensemble
  • Piano studio instruction

Prospective music majors

  • Auditions

    To help ensure the long-term success of music students, students are asked to audition for entrance into the program. Your audition at Saint Martin’s is designed to be a positive experience, where you can meet and interact with Saint Martin’s music faculty, and we get a chance to hear you sing or play. The auditions take place on campus during set audition dates (see below), or via recording.  The same audition can serve for both admission to the program and scholarship consideration.  For specific music requirements contact Dr. David Wacyk (instrumental), or Professor Darrell Born (vocal).

    2020 music audition dates:

    • Feb. 20
    • March 28 (following the Benedictine Scholar’s event)

    Scheduling your audition:

    • To schedule your on-campus auditions, or for any other questions, please contact Dr. David Wacyk at or 360-438-4559.
  • Scholarships

    Saint Martin’s offers music scholarships that are in addition to the University’s financial aid package. These scholarships are awarded by audition, either in person or via recording.

Music program requirements


  • University core requirements
  • 21 semester hours of lower division courses
  • 29 semester hours of upper division courses
  • Special requirements in keyboard proficiency, recital, ensemble participation, upper-division standing, recital audition, recital attendance and convocation, and studio workshop


  • 23 semester hours of music program core requirements
  • Four semester hours of ensemble participation requirements (chorale, band or orchestra)

2020-2021 academic catalog

Popular music courses

  • Chorale
  • College band
  • Jazz ensemble
  • History of rock and roll
  • Music theory

Saint stories

Jacob Kinderman performs in an opera

How can I keep from singing?

"Saint Martin’s was extremely influential in my career. I can’t imagine where I’d be if Darrell hadn’t convinced me to start singing."

Jacob Kinderman Music Class of 2010

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