Welcome to Washburn's award-winning department of music. This is the perfect place for students whose aspirations are high, who want professional instruction from performing artists and who are willing to dedicate their time and efforts to further develop their talents and showcase their accomplishments.

You can play a unique role in promoting and enhancing the image and prestige of the University showcasing your talents and those of fellow music majors. The department is home to student, faculty and community-wide performances throughout the year.

Music majors can choose from several paths as they work toward a degree in music – a Bachelor of Arts in Music (BA), a Bachelor of Musical Arts (BMA) a Bachelor of Music in Music Education (BM) or a Bachelor of Music in Performance (BM).

Meet Washburn music student Ty'Rese Mendez

"We connected as musicians. He's helped me grow into the musician I am today. ... I enjoy the sense of family." - Ty'Rese Mendez

Music Performances

Washburn University music students, ensembles and faculty put on performances every semester. In addition, both local and traveling music groups perform in White Concert Hall. Many of these performances are free, all of them are open to the public to attend.

Cello Ensemble Performing


Music majors and non-majors have the opportunity to experience music through their participation in performance ensembles. Ensembles are open to all Washburn students; some require auditions and some are open admission.



To become a music major or earn a scholarship, you must audition with the music department. Audition days are held several times throughout the school year; you can also send in a taped audition. Suggested audition repertoires are available.

Music Camps and Workshops

Music Camps and Workshops

The Washburn music department hosts several summer camps and workshops for aspiring musicians of all levels. We invite students to join us and learn from expert musicans, meet fellow students, and perform for an audience.

Current Students

GET IN TOUCH WITH Department of Music

Department of Music
Garvey Fine Arts Center, Room 211
Washburn University
1700 SW College Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621

Phone & Email
Phone: 785.670.1511
Fax: 785.670.1042

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