Music Department Offers an ‘Elixir of Love’


Watch an engaging video of “The Elixir of Love,” a two-act opera by Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti, on Friday, February 19, at 7 p.m. at After months of socially distant rehearsals and three days of challenging but safe videotaping, the Westmont Music Department presents its latest opera. Alumna Christina (Farris) Jensen ’09 returned to… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Theater Expands Globally

Blondell watches over "Die Fledermaus" in 2018

The Westmont Theater Arts Department has established a new initiative expanding its focus on diversity, justice, global engagement and intercultural competency. Beginning in fall 2021, as part of the Justice and Global Engagement in the Theatre Arts Initiative, John Blondell, award-winning director and Westmont professor of theater arts, will become the new global ambassador in… [Continue Reading]

Museum Exhibits Contemporary Collection

John Walker's "The Centre, #2," oil on canvas, 1985, gift of Berkus Family Collection

The Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art highlights works donated to or purchased for to the museum. “Selections from the Permanent Collection of Contemporary Art” will run from January 14-March 27, 2021. The exhibition will be available online at The exhibition features pieces from two major private collectors who have helped shape the museum’s collection:… [Continue Reading]

Christmas Fest Launches ‘Healing in His Wings’


The 16th annual Westmont Christmas Festival, “Ris’n with Healing in His Wings,” presents a special online event this year due to the pandemic. The Westmont Music Department, led by Michael Shasberger, Adams professor of music and worship, has creatively recorded the 100 members of the Westmont Orchestra and College Choir, Chamber Singers and Choral Union… [Continue Reading]

Museum Exhibits, Sells 450 5X5 Art Pieces

The Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art celebrates its 10th anniversary with a fundraising exhibition, “5×5: Celebrating Ten Years,” which features about 450, five-inch-square works of art from Dec. 3-18. The art will be available for purchase through an online auction at×5 that ends Friday, Dec. 18, at 5 p.m. The exhibition, which benefits the… [Continue Reading]

Student Composers to Shine

keyboards student

Westmont’s talented student musicians and composers will be in the spotlight at the Student Composer’s Concert on Friday, Nov. 13, beginning at 7 p.m. “There will be a spectacular array of new pieces by composition students at Westmont,” says Steve Butler, professor of music and an ASCAP award-winning composer. Current students participating include Ben… [Continue Reading]

Art Gifts to Find New Home in Santa Ynez

Music Department Sculptures

The Forest Foundation, which has supported the arts and education in California and Illinois since 1963, is donating several sculptures and more than three dozen pedestals and sculptural stands to the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art. Museum officials are working with Brander Vineyard to create a long-term sculpture exhibition at the Santa Ynez winery. “Navigating… [Continue Reading]

Concert Offers Toe Tapping Jazz Standards

Eben Drost directs the Westmont Jazz Ensemble

The Westmont Music Department’s weekly Friday night virtual concert series gets jazzy on Nov. 6. The Westmont Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of keyboardist Eben Drost, will perform many recognizable standards starting at 7 p.m. at The concert will be recorded in Deane Chapel with musicians wearing masks and singers standing outside the door… [Continue Reading]

Masked Singers Offer ‘Choral Celebration’

Alto Alex Morgan

Members of the Westmont College Choir and Choral Union, wearing masks and singing outside, offer a Fall Choral Celebration on Friday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m. at The choir, directed by Daniel Gee, will perform “This is my Father’s World” by Elaine Hagenberg, “My Soul There is a Country” by Hubert Parry, “Love Bade… [Continue Reading]

Westmont Hosts Pulitzer Prize-Winning Historian

Jon Meacham last spoke at Westmont in summer 2019.

Acclaimed author Jon Meacham addresses “The Architecture of Endurance: Building a Republic that Stands the Test of Time” on Friday, Nov. 6, from 12-1:30 p.m. in a special virtual event from Westmont. The live broadcast opens with remarks by Westmont President Gayle D. Beebe and includes a question-and-answer session with Meacham, presidential historian and Pulitzer… [Continue Reading]