Success Stories in Music


The Department of Music at Whittier College places great emphasis on documented student learning and prepares our students for a wide variety of traditional and newly-emerging musical careers.

Recent Whittier College music alumni are completing advanced degrees at institutions including California State University, Los Angeles, Texas Tech University, Cal Poly Pomona, and UC Riverside.

Among our graduates are educators, composers, music directors, lawyers, choirmasters, and magazine editors who work for prestigious institutions that include the LA Opera, San Diego Opera, National Geographic, the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Pasadena Community Orchestra, the Rio Hondo Symphony, and Atlantic Records.

See what our alumni are up to

Jeanette Wong ’81, DMA
Director and Professor of Academic Advising
Azusa Pacific University (CA)

"There was a specific practice room on the second floor of the music building that was 'mine.' I loved practicing there, but it was nerve racking at times because the music faculty's parking lot was directly below the window and they could hear me practicing (and knew where to find me if I was not getting to their class right on time!)." Read more.

Martin Voss ’06
Director of Communications
Drew School (CA)

“My Whittier education has been a huge benefit. My skill set has been so prominently informed both by the emphasis on writing throughout the breadth of coursework and by the abundant opportunities for involvement at Whittier. I am viewed as an arbiter of grammar at work, someone who can be counted on to find a concise and effective way to communicate virtually anything.” Read more.

Whitney Cane ’10
Diamond Fětes (CT)

“For my senior project, I decided to do an intense study of the music industry, specifically of independent rock record labels. After I chose this topic, I sought an internship that would coincide with my project focus. My goal was to supplement my project with real-life experience. At the conclusion of my internship, I had a wellspring of industry knowledge and contacts.” Read more.