Mezzo-soprano Kate Tombaugh '07 made her Carnegie Hall solo debut as winner of the Barry Alexander International Vocal Competition in 2013.

For over 150 years, the Illinois Wesleyan School of Music has enjoyed a national reputation for producing talented musicians, vocalists, composers and music educators.


We offer Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Musical Education and Bachelor of Arts in Music degrees, enriched by our liberal arts and sciences core.

Students can choose to major in composition, music education, music performance (classical guitar, instrumental, piano, strings, vocal) or our newest offering, contemporary musicianship.

Explore the School of Music

Singing & Touring with the Collegiate Choir
The Hut on Fowl's Legs (Baga Yaga) - Illinois Wesleyan Civic Orchestra

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Students have opportunities to perform in solo, chamber and ensemble settings beginning their first semester at IWU. The Collegiate Choir, Jazz Ensemble, and Wind Ensemble tour extensively within the U.S. and across the globe.

Scholarship and Grant Opportunities

Financial assistance for music majors ranges from $10,000 to $38,000 per year.

Students applying for admission can audition on campus or online.

The Illinois Wesleyan University School of Music is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of
Schools of Music.