Music Department Annual Christmas Concert


Washington Adventist University’s 2014 annual Christmas Concert on December 5 at 7:30 p.m. is free and open to the public. Students from the university’s Music Department will perform traditional Christmas music, along with pieces that reflect the spirit of the season.

There will be performances by the Pro Musica of Washington Adventist University, the Columbia Collegiate Chorale of Washington Adventist University, and the New England Youth Ensemble of Washington Adventist University. 

This year’s Christmas Concert event will launch a new scholarship for choral students – The Paul Hill Memorial Choral Scholarship Fund – and donations are welcome. The scholarship will honor the legacy of one of Washington Adventist University’s renowned faculty members – Paul Hill, the choral program director from 1962 to 1970 and founder of the university’s Pro-Musica choral performance group. Hill was also founder of the acclaimed 160-voice Paul Hill Chorale that performed in 1971 at the opening of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and continued to perform there under his leadership for more than two decades until his death in 1999. 

The concert will be held at Sligo Seventh-day Adventist Church, 7700 Carroll Ave., Takoma Park, Md. 20912. Free parking is available directly across Flower Ave. and behind the church along Greenwood Ave. 

For more information about the concert, call 301-891-4133 or email

New Ambassador Program To Support First Generation Student Retention

DSC_0476editedWith a mission to provide training opportunities for students to become moral leaders in communities throughout the world, Washington Adventist University enrols a highly diverse student body. Almost 40 percent of its student body, for example, are first-generation college students.

This means that neither of their parents completed an undergraduate degree.  Research suggests that these students face higher risk of dropping out compared to their counterparts whose parents are college graduates.


Social Work Program Gets New Eight-Year Reaccreditation


The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) has granted reaccreditation of the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program at Washington Adventist University through June of 2019. The program, which is an off-campus program of Andrews University’s Social Work Program, began in 2003 with five students currently has thirty. Its recent reaccreditation followed more than a year of preparation and included a site visit by CSWE in February.

“Social work education is based on 12 core competencies and more than 70 individual practice behaviors that are infused into our learning activities and field education,” said department chair, John Gavin. “Our partnership with Andrews University to offer an accredited social work program ensures that we are meeting the highest standards in social work education and that students can get licensed and attend graduate school.”


Update on the Establishment of WAU Branch Campus at Atlantic Union College

After several months of talks with Washington Adventist University (WAU) to operate a branch campus at Atlantic Union College (AUC), the Board of Trustees for AUC in a meeting on Wednesday, October 5 voted to suspend any further negotiations at this time after the institutions were unable to reach an operating agreement.

The talks with WAU began when AUC was informed by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) that its accreditation would be discontinued for financial reasons.


Service Day Observed with Multiple Projects in DC Metro Area

DSC_0268editedThey say that cleanliness is next to godliness and for the students of Washington Adventist University, Service Day gave them the opportunity to improve the conditions of Takoma Park Recreation Center. Read More>>

“The Most Beautiful Sound on Earth” is heard at WAU


When the UPMS (Madz), won the European Grand Prix of Choral Singing for the first time in 1997, a judge remarked that the choir’s singing was “the most beautiful sound on Earth.” In 2007, they won the event again making them only one of two choirs to do so.  Read More>>


WAU Opening Convocation Sets Stage for Academic Year


Along with the beginning of the 2011-2012 Academic Year comes the traditions and nuances of University life.One such tradition is weekly Convocation, the one campus event that hopes to bring together every student, faculty, and staff member for a spiritual moment of inspiration, remembrance, and prayer. Read More >>

Washington Adventist University Presents September 11 Memorial Concert


The Washington Adventist University Student Association hosted “The September 11 Memorial Concert” in Sligo SDA church on Sunday September 11, 2011.

The concert featured various artists and groups such as Living Springs SDA Choir from Glenn Bernie, MD,  Wendell Phipps; a WAU freshmen who is also a Pre-Engineering major, Michael Patterson; a third year WAU music major, Jidong Zhong from Takoma Academy and Amber Bullock from Saint Louis who is a WAU alum.


Dr. Virginia-Gene Rittenhouse, Beloved, Director and Educator, Dies

Statement from the President

Washington Adventist University

August 30, 2011
Dr. Virginia-Gene Rittenhouse, Beloved Director and Educator, Dies

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Dr. Virginia-Gene Rittenhouse, professor and director of the New England Youth Ensemble at Washington Adventist University passed away early this morning in Massachusetts.

“The Washington Adventist University family is deeply saddened at the passing of a true pioneer in Seventh-day Adventist education. She was a driving innovative force with the orchestra and the programs she began,” says Dr. Weymouth Spence, university president.