Music: Rich in culture and tradition

Ensembles, private instruction and international tours await.


Our music program was founded more than 150 years ago, making music an integral part of the culture and traditions at Jewell, such as our choir's second-place and national finalist finishes in The American Prize in Choral Performance and the release of their third CD, to our opera workshops, holiday concerts, collaborations with Theatre and our Cardinal Sound band. Every three years, our choir tours England and Scotland, performing in some of the world's oldest cathedrals.

Our Music Programs

Private instruction, performance labs, ensembles, studio recitals and research add depth to classroom instruction for music majors and minors. Non-music majors also may take applied lessons and participate in Jewell’s highly acclaimed vocal, instrumental and choral ensembles. At Jewell, you may choose a B.A. in Music or a B.S. in Music, where you take more hours specifically in music. If you opt for the B.S. you may choose to gain a specific emphasis in performance. Or you may study for a B.S. in Music Education.

Graduates of the William Jewell College music program will:

  • Perform to a standard appropriate for the course of music study being undertaken at an undergraduate Liberal Arts college on at least one instrument or voice as evidenced by incremental improvement in regular performance juries and assessment through the Sophomore, Junior and Senior departmental recitals;
  • Demonstrate an informed understanding of common practice and post tonal theory as evidenced in the Summative Music Theory Examination;
  • Demonstrate an informed understanding of the development of music in the western and non-western traditions as evidenced in the Synthesis Portfolio presented in the Senior year;
  • Demonstrate the various demands of large and small ensemble performance as evidenced through involvement in a variety of ensembles, venues and styles of music throughout the duration of the degree;
  • Demonstrate appropriate functional piano skills as evidenced through passing the Keyboard Barrier Examination; and
  • Confidently undertake and present research, making use of diverse resources as evidenced in the Synthesis Portfolio presented in the Senior year.

Master Classes

Through the internationally acclaimed Harriman-Jewell Series, you can get free tickets to see the world’s greatest artists in concert. Each year the Department of Music and the Harriman-Jewell series team up to bring some of this outstanding talent to campus to give free master classes. You can perform for and interact with leading performers from around the world and receive direct feedback and instruction. Recently we hosted sopranos Joyce DiDonato and Danielle de Niese, violinists Robert McDuffie and Jeremy Denk, vocalists The King's Singers and Stephanie Blythe. This season the line-up of artists is equally great – you can find full information on the Harriman-Jewell Series web site.

Scholarships and Auditions

If you wish to major in music, you must audition for admission to the department. This can be done at the same time as an award audition. Non-majors also may audition for a music award. Awards are competitive and are distributed based on talent, as both a reflection of your achievement before coming to Jewell and also as an investment in your potential achievement. All awards require some participation in the department, usually in the form of applied lessons for at least four semesters and membership in one or more ensembles. Students may audition on instrument(s), voice, piano or a combination. For more information, contact Anne Aunspaugh at

The Music Award Application process begins with your application to William Jewell College. To start your Jewell application: and complete the Talent Scholarship Application.

See our audition dates. You should plan to bring two contrasting pieces with you to your audition. We recommend that the standard of the repertoire you perform be at the level of material you would take to District or State music festivals. You can expect to be asked to do some sight-reading and may be asked to perform scales and/or arpeggios as appropriate.

  • Vocalists: If possible, one should be in a foreign language.
  • Instrumentalists: Your second piece may be a technical study. Piano accompaniment is recommended but not required.
  • Pianists: Your second piece may be a technical study.

NOTE: A Jewell accompanist is available provided we have sufficient prior communication of your audition repertoire. Taped accompaniment is not permitted.

Our Choir

Jewell's Concert Choir released albums in 2015 and 2018 and twice has finished 2nd in the American Prize for Choral Performance. Every three years, the choir goes on a two-week tour, performing in England and Scotland's best cathedrals.

Hear a song from the latest album

Music Scholars

Choral, Instrumental and Orchestral Scholars receive significant scholarships, regardless of major

We honor a centuries-old tradition, designating students with outstanding music skills and high academic achievement for our Scholars programs. Anyone who auditions for a music scholarship is considered for these distinguished scholarships, including non-music majors.

Music Scholars Program

My Jewell Journey

Performance Opportunities

Kylie Schuster shares the myriad of performance opportunities available because Jewell faculty are embedded in the professional music world. She is a vocal performance and psychological science major and placed first in her division in the 2023 Kansas City chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing auditions.

Instrumental Ensembles

Our ensembles are treated as learning labs where majors and non-majors work side-by-side and are challenged to not just produce the right notes, but to create outstanding performances with insight and understanding.​

  • Wind Ensemble

    The Wind Ensemble plays literature of the highest standards. Membership is gained by audition or invitation and is comprised of students who are interested in the more serious aspects of wind and percussion performance. Lifetime friendships and good collegiality come naturally to the band members. The band tours periodically in the Midwest and beyond. Dr. Langston Hemenway is the conductor.

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  • ​Liberty Symphony​ Orchestra

    As a full symphonic orchestra, the Liberty Symphony performs a season of varied concerts each year. Comprised of students and community members, it is known in the Kansas City area as one of its finest community orchestras. LSO is open by audition to wind, percussion and string players, subject to their teacher’s recommendation and the instrumentation needs of the orchestra. Dr. Langston Hemenway is the conductor.

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  • Chamber Music

    Exploring works from the rich heritage of chamber music these ensembles rehearse twice a week and perform on and off campus. The past couple of years groups have consisted of various combinations of instruments creating standard chamber ensembles such as string quartets and less standard configurations. Open by audition to all college students regardless of major, these ensembles are led by our outstanding instrumental faculty.​

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  • Jazz Band

    The Jewell Jazz Band is an ensemble that enjoys the exciting, wide-ranging jazz literature of many eras. This is the group that encourages instrumentalists to enjoy improvisational freedom and often showcases their own arranging and compositional endeavors. Membership is by audition and/or invitation and is subject to the needs of standard jazz band instrumentation. Dr. Langston Hemenway is the director.

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  • Jazz Combo

    This group performs a wide variety of music, often transcriptions, while focusing on the development of jazz improvisational skills. The group performs as a part of the Jewell Jazz Band concerts and in its own concerts each semester. Occasionally, the ensemble will perform for special events around campus. Membership into this group is based on audition or invitation after an interview. While not required, it is highly recommended that members of this ensemble also participate in the Jewell Jazz Band.​

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  • Chamber Winds

    Chamber Winds are small ensembles comprised of woodwinds, brass and percussion. These chamber groups vary by semester based on available instrumentation and student interest but have included flute choir, woodwind quintet, brass quintet, saxophone quartet and percussion ensemble. 

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  • The Cardinal Sound

    The Cardinal Sound is the NEW expansion of our athletic band program. The ensemble performs at football and basketball games, fostering school spirit all over campus! Dr. Dorothy Glick Maglione is the conductor.

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Vocal Ensembles

Our ensembles are treated as learning labs where majors and non-majors work side-by-side and are challenged to not just produce the right notes, but to create outstanding performances with insight and understanding. Some ensembles tour nationally every year and internationally every few years.​

  • Concert Choir

    The William Jewell College Concert Choir, conducted by Dr. Anthony J. Maglione, is an auditioned, highly selective ensemble composed of the College’s very best undergraduate choral singers. The Concert Choir placed 2nd in The American Prize in Choral Performance, College/University Division, in 2018-2019 and 2015-2016. The group has appeared in performance with the Canadian Brass, King’s Singers and the American Spiritual Ensemble. The Concert Choir was invited to perform at the 2015 Missouri Music Educators Association’s In-Service Workshop/Conference, the 2016 South Western division ACDA Conference and the 2019 National ACDA Conference. Since 1985, the Concert Choir has made a triennial two-week concert tour through England and Scotland. The Concert Choir’s latest two albums on Centaur Records and Albany Records and are available for download and streaming on most platforms.

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    > Listen to songs from our albums:

    Luminescence by Andrea Ramsey from our 2018 Album I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes
    Dr. Anthony Maglione, conductor

    The Trumpet Sounds Within-a My Soul by Ian Coleman from the 2015 Album The Trumpet Sounds
    Randolph Lee, trumpet, and Dr. Anthony Maglione, conductor

    Officium Defunctorum à 6: I. Kyrie by Thomás Luis de Victoria from the 2019 Album I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes
    Anthony Maglione, conductor

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  • Cardinal Voices

    William Jewell College Cardinal Voices is comprised of students from William Jewell and Metropolitan Community College – Maple Woods. The ensemble meets twice a week and is open to all who wish to sing regardless of major or vocal experience. Led by Nicole Murray and Dr. Anthony J. Maglione, this eclectic ensemble performs a wide range of literature from traditional choral literature to collegiate a cappella arrangements and lighter fare. This ensemble is also a place for Jewell’s music education majors to develop their conducting, ensemble preparation and leadership skills in an environment dedicated to diverse programming and providing varied musical experiences.

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  • Choral Scholars

    The students in this ensemble have earned the prestigious award of Choral Scholar. This ensemble meets once a week and performs a variety of literature from vocal solos and quartets to advanced sacred and secular choral works. The Choral Scholars are led by Dr. Anthony J. Maglione and also serve as the core to Cardinalis, William Jewell College’s professional choir.

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  • Cardinalis

    Cardinalis is a professional choral experience which pairs Jewell’s Choral Scholars with professional singers from the Kansas City area. Founded in 2015, Cardinalis is led by Dr. Anthony J. Maglione and is quickly becoming an ensemble of repute in the greater Kansas City Area. Recent highlights include performances with the Mark Morris Dance Group, members of St. Tikhon’s Choir and a premiere performance at the 2018 American Guild of Organists National Conference.

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  • Opera Workshop

    The Opera Workshop is an ensemble that involves the student in the study of a selected opera, opera scenes or operetta. The study will include examination of the music and libretto and the effect these elements have on the characterization of each role, normally culminating in a public performance. Recent performances include “Fortune’s Favorites” by Barab, Menotti’s “Old Maid and the Thief”, and Francesco “Cavalli’s L’Ormindo”, sung in Italian and accompanied by chamber orchestra. Suor Angelica and The Impresario highlighted the 2007-2008 season, along with an evening of Broadway, opera and gourmet desserts entitled Café Diva. The Opera Workshop is led by Dr. Ron Witzke.

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Beyond Jewell

By offering rigorous intellectual challenges in the art of music, we aim to produce graduates who are not only accomplished musicians but also well-rounded individuals. Many graduate programs seek our music students since the nature of thoughtful inquiry and dedication needed to be a successful music graduate are also a great foundation for other demanding careers. Our music alumni pursue a variety of careers and graduate programs throughout the country and overseas.

  • Graduate Schools

    Recent music graduates have pursued advanced degrees at top colleges throughout the world:

    Oxford University (England)
    Yale University School of Music
    Yale Institute of Sacred Music
    Indiana University Jacobs School of Music
    Stony Brook University
    Case Western Reserve University
    Seton Hall University School of Law
    Purdue University

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  • Careers

    See what Jewell graduates are doing with a music degree

    Mid-America Productions (New York City) executive director
    Wall Street Journal drama critic and playwright
    American Operatic Baritone and Grammy award winner
    EPCOT’s Candlelight Processional conductor
    Texas Children’s Hospital music therapist
    Chamber Music Orchestra of Tulsa executive director
    Kansas City Lyric Opera singer
    Production studio owner and choral arranger
    Wheaton Conservatory of Music assistant professor
    Conductor of Metropolitan Youth Symphony of Kansas City
    Public and private school music teachers/conductors
    Harriman-Jewell Series development director
    Sound engineer
    Choral accompanist and voice instructor
    U.S. Navy Rear Admiral
    Advertising agency media analyst
    Community cultural affairs specialist

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