Chamber Orchestra Hosts Spring Concert

Bassoonist Maya Rouillard

The Westmont Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Winds will host their spring concert Sunday, March 25, at 3 p.m. in Deane Chapel on Westmont’s lower campus. Admission is free. The Westmont Chamber Woodwinds, featuring Sarah Hooker (flute), Elaina Hollister (oboe), and Maya Rouillard (bassoon), will perform pieces by Mendelssohn, Vivaldi, and Mozart. The Brass Ensemble will… [Continue Reading]

Theatre Opens ‘End to Avoid Damage’ Play

Troy Chimuma in "Blood Wedding"

Westmont has commissioned a new play that explores friendship and the laundry list of things to do as the end of the world nears. “End to Avoid Damage,” written by Diane Exavier, Westmont theatee arts department scholar-in-residence, will be performed in Porter Hall Black-Box Theatre at Westmont on Thursday, March 22, and Sunday, March 25,… [Continue Reading]

Violinist Awarded Guild Scholarship

The 2018 Music Guild winners

Violinist Bryan Kaleta, a senior at Canyon Crest Academy in San Diego, earned top honors at the sixth annual Music Guild Competition March 3, where seven high school seniors competed for Westmont music scholarships. He received the $10,000 Music Guild scholarship (up to $40,000 over four years) plus awards for private music instruction and chamber… [Continue Reading]

Flood Risk is Minimal at Westmont

Brett Gracely ’90, a water resource engineer with Matrix Design Group, assessed the potential for flooding on Westmont’s campus and reassured emergency officials that expected rainfall will not severely impact campus. Campus officials consulted with Gracely and county officials carefully considering all options before deciding to implement Westmont’s SAFE plan (Shelter Activated for Flood Emergencies)…. [Continue Reading]

Musicians Perform for Guild Scholarships

The 2017 Guild Finalists

Seven high school seniors will compete for Westmont music scholarships at the sixth annual Music Guild Competition on Saturday, March 3, at 7 p.m. at Westmont’s Deane Chapel on lower campus. The event is free and open to the public. The winner of the Guild Scholarship, who will be announced immediately following the event, will… [Continue Reading]

Operetta Features Waltzes and Romance

The Westmont music and theatre arts departments combine creative talents to produce “Die Fledermaus (The Bat),” an operetta composed by Johann Strauss, on March 2 and 4 at 7 p.m. in downtown Santa Barbara’s New Vic Theatre. Tickets cost $17 for general admission, $12 for students and seniors, and may be purchased at For… [Continue Reading]

Gen. Hayden Examines Tumultuous Year, Future

The 13th annual Westmont President's Breakfast featured Gen. Michael Hayden

Gen. Michael Hayden, an expert on domestic and foreign affairs and a retired director of the Central Intelligence Agency and National Security Agency, offered his personal lens to view our complex and dangerous world at the 13th annual Westmont President’s Breakfast on Feb. 9 at Fess Parker’s DoubleTree Resort. The sold-out crowd of about 625… [Continue Reading]

Volunteers Help Dig Out Montecito

The sanctuary at Casa de Maria (photo by Chris Hoeckley)

Dozens of Westmont students, faculty and staff, part of the Student Community Response Team (SCRT), supervised children’s activities at Cold Spring School, and cleaned up debris at Montecito Union School, the Montecito YMCA, several homes and Casa de Maria over the weekend Feb. 3-4. The student-led group was created in the wake of the deadly… [Continue Reading]

Concerto Focuses on American Repertoire

Tim Beccue

The Westmont Orchestra will perform an American-themed program at the Orchestra Concerto Concert on Friday, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m. in Hahn Hall, at the Music Academy of the West and Sunday, Feb. 11, at 3 p.m. in the First Presbyterian Church of Santa Barbara. Tickets, which cost $10 for general admission (students are free),… [Continue Reading]

Students Hope to Serve Local Community

Hundreds of Westmont students returned to campus Jan. 16 after being evacuated following the deadly Montecito mudslides to resume the spring semester. Before classes began the following day, the community gathered in the gym for a time of music, prayer and inspiration. The Westmont students, most of whom were evacuated from campus at the end… [Continue Reading]