* Please take a look at our Music Scholarships

If you want to turn your love of performing music into a rewarding career, University of Jamestown is the place for you! We invite you to join our dynamic team of teachers and learners in an exciting journey to realize your potential and fulfill your promise.

University of Jamestown Music Distinctions

The University of Jamestown Department of Music promotes each student’s development and growth in a positive learning environment with the support of both students and faculty. As an applied music performance major at University of Jamestown, you will benefit from:

  • faculty who are dedicated to teaching and willing to work with students to have the best college experience
  • numerous vocal and instrumental ensembles
  • Small class sizes with the focus on excellence in teaching and student learning
  • Significant opportunities for international study, hands-on field experiences, and co-curricular activities

Proven success

University of Jamestown music graduates have successfully furthered their education at graduate schools across the country and have gained rewarding employment in all aspects of music, including:

  • K-12 music instructors
  • Piano instructors
  • Private music instructors
  • Professional musicians
  • Music therapists
  • Instrument builders
  • Church musicians

Music Factsheet

Specific coursework for this major is outlined can be Viewed Here or downloaded here.

Our Academic Catalogs provide information on policies and procedures, the admissions process, programs of study, and degree requirements.

As course offerings can change from semester to semester, working with the Registrar’s office will ensure that your courses are kept on schedule so that you can graduate in four years.

Richard Walentine, DMAProfessor

Certifications/Degrees: DMA, University of Colorado Boulder
Teaches: Applied Voice, Music Theory, Diction, Song and Opera Literature, Vocal Pedagogy, Performance Workshop, Opera History, Harmony/Theory, and Music Appreciation

More information about the chair.

Certifications/Degrees: ABD, University of Arizona
Teaches: Applied Voice, Conducting, Choral Arranging, Secondary Methods, and other related courses


Certifications/Degrees: B.M. Wheaton Conservatory of Music; M.M. Southern Illinois University Edwardsville; M.M. University of South Dakota; D.M.A. North Dakota State University


Certifications/Degrees: D.A., University of Northern Colorado
Teaches: Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, Pep Band, Music Education courses, Applied Brass

  • University of Jamestown
    Music Department
    6031 Department
    Jamestown ND, 58405

  • Richard Walentine, DMA Professor

    rwalenti@uj.edu | PH: 701-252-3467 ext. 5026

  • Aaron McDermid, ABD Assistant Professor and Director of Choral Activities

    amcdermi@uj.edu | PH: 701-252-3467 ext. 5428

  • Laura (Zamzow) Lynch, D.A. Assistant Professor and Director of Instrumental Music

    laura.lynch@uj.edu | PH: 701-252-3467 ext. 5438

We offer a Music Major scholarship (up to $6500/year) and a Music Participation scholarship (up to $3000/year). We invite you to participate by completing the Music Scholarship application below. When we have received your application, your admission counselor will be in contact with you.

Theatre and Art participation awards are also available; please contact your admission counselor if you are interested in these participation awards.

We look forward to your audition! If you have any questions, please give us a call.

Emily Wolff
Director of First Impressions

701-252-3467 ext. 5562

(800) 336 - 2554


Music Scholarships Application

Step 1 of 3 - Audition times

  • We look forward to your audition! If you have any questions, please give us a call at:

    (701) 252 - 3467 ext. 5562 or
    (800) 336 - 2554
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    Auditions are available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Times are first-come, first-serve. Your admission counselor or visit coordinator will be in touch with you to confirm your time.