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Fall 2018 Music Program

Come and show us what youíve got! Thinking about joining the Centralia College music program in the fall? Come and audition for us!

Step one
Submit a scholarship application online by April 30.

Step Two
Once the scholarship application has been submitted, call or email Dr. Beth May at 360-623-8487 or to schedule an audition.

Audition Dates
Thursday, May 10
Friday, May 11

Play a selection of your choice on your instrument or sing. You will also have the opportunity to take music theory and piano placement exams and be advised on the courses you need to earn a degree in music.


The music department at Centralia College offers a wide range of classes. Several classes fulfill the Humanities portion of the core requirements and are great options for all majors.

In addition, Centralia College offers music classes for those who wish to pursue music as a major and plan to transfer to a four-year institution. The college ensembles are open to everyone, and are a great way to be a part of a musical community and be an active part of music-making.

Special Features

Centralia College's music program is located in Washington Hall, where a full array of facilities are available for music majors. From practice rooms to the state of the art Mac lab, students have access to resources comparable to those found at much larger music programs. Centralia College's class sizes are small and feature hands-on application of concepts and lots of opportunities for creativity.

In addition to offering face-to-face courses, Centralia College offers online music courses for those who wish to fulfill core requirements in the convenience of their own home, or from wherever they might be, including those who are deployed or travel for work. Centralia College faculty is highly qualified and has taught and studied at highly respected institutions of higher learning, including Yale University, the University of Texas - Austin, and the University of Illinois.

Employment Options

Students who study music can pursue many career options, including the following:
  • K-12 Music Educator, including band, orchestra, or choir director
  • Private studio instructor or owner
  • Composer for media, including video games, TV, films, or theme parks
  • Performing artist, including soloist, pit orchestra member, chamber or ensemble player
  • Instrument builder, repairer, store owner or manager
  • Church musician
  • Accompanist
  • Arts administrator
  • Grant writer
  • Music librarian
  • Music therapist
  • Session musician
  • Sound designer or sound engineer
  • Piano technician

Music Faculty

Ryan Brumbaugh is the director of bands at Adna Middle/High School. He a bachelorís degree in music education from the University of Washington in Seattle, where he also participated in the wind and jazz ensembles, orchestra, and the Husky Marching Band. He was chosen to co-lead the university concert band in 2007 as an undergraduate. He earned a masterís degree in instrumental conducting at The American Band College in Ashland, Ore., in 2011. As a performer, Ryan actively plays saxophone in the Sound of Swing Big Band and carinet in the Northwest Wind Symphony.

A 2012 Inductee of the Iowa Blues hall of Fame, Gary Gibsonís first studio efforts were recorded at the famous Golden Voice Recording Studio in South Pekin, Ill., in 1969. He has gone on to teach and study for the last 58 years at Blackhawk College, Kirkwood Community College, Gibson Guitar Company, Fender Musical Instrument Company among others. Gary has performed and been recorded in many festivals and night clubs, performing with many artists over those 58 years. He has also been active with Illinois and Iowa Blues Societies and the American Federation of Musicians. Gary has taught countless students, bringing a lifetime of guitar, musical, and performance knowledge to the classroom and enjoyment to his students.

Daniel Colgan is currently serving as the Director of Music at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Olympia. He holds a bachelorís degree in Music Education from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ. Dan also serves as the as the Men's Choir Director for the Olympia Youth Chorus, the Assistant Director of the Olympia Choral Society, and the Dean of the Olympia Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. An active member in the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Dan also enjoys teaching private voice and organ students, and hopes that as a church musician and music educator, he can continue to spread his love and appreciation of music to others.

Daven TillinghastComposer and performer Daven Tillinghast is an adjunct guitar instructor. In addition to his career as an educator, he is music director and composer-in-residence for local theater company Open Road Productions. In 2017, the Olympia Family Theater will produce his punk-rock soccer opera goldfish mystery Fishnapped, which he cowrote with local dramatists Amy Shephard and Andrew Gordon. He studied Jazz Arranging and Creative Writing at Western Washington University, and since then has worked with a long list of local acts, including The Johnny Lewis Band, The Lakewood Community Jazz Band, Steve Munger, Jessica Blinn, Vince Brown, The Northern Lights Orchestra, Brad Schrandt, The Olympia Jazz Tentet, Go Go Typhoon 7, Audiosattva, Pegana Press, Vaisnava of Atmastudios, and Windham Hill recording artist Scott Cossu, also performing as lead guitarist in the house band for Harlequin Productions. Daven lives with his family in Olympia.


Dr. S. Beth May
Assistant Professor
Washington Hall 121