About the School
The School of Music at Illinois Wesleyan University offers an intensive program of study based on a tradition of excellence and, at the same time, forward-looking and flexible curricula geared to the needs of the individual.
All students at Illinois Wesleyan have opportunities to perform in the Collegiate Choir, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Civic Orchestra, University Choir, Symphonic Winds, Titan Band, Chamber Singers, and brass, woodwind, string, and percussion chamber ensembles.
The School of Music has been fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music since 1930. The School is housed in Presser Hall, constructed in 1929, and the adjoining Alice Millar Center for the Fine Arts, completed in 1973. A full-time faculty of eighteen and part-time faculty of thirty serve approximately 200 music majors and several hundred IWU students who participate in music activities during their college careers. The School of Music sponsored 90+ programs during the 2013-2014 school year, including the Symposium of Contemporary Music, which has in recent years featured renowned composers such as Libby Larsen, Mario Lavista, Louis Andriessen, Shulamit Ran, and Chinary Ung.
School of Music ensembles perform on annual tours, both nationally and internationally. In 2008 and 2012, the Collegiate Choir was selected to represent Illinois Wesleyan at the American Choral Directors Association regional conference, and has toured in Italy, Russia, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Spain, and Germany. In recent years, the Jazz Ensemble has toured Japan, England, Scotland, and Italy. Both of these ensembles, in addition to the Wind Ensemble, tour separately throughout the United States each year.
School of Music alumni have pursued advanced degrees at institutions such as the University of Cincinnati, Manhattan School of Music, Juilliard, the University of Southern California, and the University of Michigan. Alumni also are members of professional orchestras and theatre/ opera companies around the world. Among Illinois Wesleyan School of Music alumni are Dawn Upshaw, a two-time Grammy Award-winning soprano and a member of New York's Metropolitan Opera company, Todd French, founder of StringWorks and ISIS and cellist for Los Angeles Opera, baritone Roger Roloff who has performed Wagnerian roles in Europe, and mezzo-soprano Susan Quittmeyer-Morris who also has sung at the Metropolitan Opera.
During the school year, the Music Office is open from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
May Term Hours & Summer Hours
During May Term and Summer, the Music Office hours are from 8:00 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. Presser Hall is open 7:30am to 9:30pm during May Term.
Presser Hall is open from 8:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.
Message from the Director
"Illinois Wesleyan is one of the few schools in the country where young musicians can combine the rigorous professional training of a fully accredited school of music with an outstanding liberal arts education. We believe that this combination provides the best preparations for future success in the world of music. For 149 years, our mission has been to provide students with the comprehensive knowledge and skills required for careers as performing musicians, educators, composers, and scholars. Our distinctive combination of a professional school of music at a liberal arts institution makes it possible to accommodate many different kinds and levels of interest in music. If you are ready to take the next step toward your future in music, then I invite you to explore the numerous opportunities by which to do so at Illinois Wesleyan University."
Mario J. Pelusi, Ph.D.