Office of the Dean
Dear Students and Friends of the Westminster College of the Arts,
It is a pleasure to welcome you to the WCA website, on which you will find detailed information about our renowned programs, our astounding faculty, and our performance activities. I am sure that you will find much here to excite your passion for the arts, and I hope that we will see you at one of the many public events we sponsor each year. Launched in December 2007, the WCA comprises Westminster Choir College, the School of Fine and Performing Arts, and the Westminster Conservatory, our community music school. Through Westminster Continuing Education, we offer seminars, workshops, and courses for lifelong learners.
When I speak with incoming students at orientation, I discuss the notion of “story.” For all of us in the College of the Arts, that story contributes to how we work together, to what we have to say through our art form, and to our relationship with our audiences. Elsewhere on our website, you will find samples of those stories, and I think you will find them diverse, exciting, and emotionally moving. For those of you considering the Westminster College of the Arts as a home for study, I know that you will find these stories encouraging, motivating, and challenging.
Throughout its now 91-year history, the Choir College has and continues to embody the highest level of musical achievement, preparing musicians to perform and to serve and lead schools, churches, musical organizations, and private music studios. The School of Fine and Performing Arts attracts students from around the nation, and now claims alumni performing on Broadway, touring companies and Disney productions, and many who lead and teach in dance studios, arts management positions, and schools.
I hope that you will visit us – on one of our campuses, at a performance or exhibit, through a recording, video, or podcast – and that I will have the opportunity to share more of our story.
Dr. Marshall Onofrio
Westminster College of the Arts
Dr. Anthony Kosar is a Professor in the Music Composition, History, and Theory Department (chair from 2008 until 2014) at Westminster Choir College of Rider University, where he has been on the faculty since 1984. He received his Bachelor of Music in Music Theory and Composition from West Liberty State College, his Master of Music in Music Theory and Composition from Southern Illinois University, and his Ph.D. in Music Theory from The Ohio State University.