School of Music

About the School of Music

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 Music 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 string performance and pedagogy.

Explore the School of Music

Singing & Touring with the Collegiate Choir
The Hut on Fowl's Legs (Baga Yaga) - Illinois Wesleyan Symphony 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 $40,000 per year.

Students applying for admission can audition on campus or online.

Alumni Spotlight

Elena Denny '16 Dawn Upshaw '82—Five-time Grammy Award-winning Soprano

It was Professor David Nott who first told me I might have what it takes to become a professional performer… I just can't say enough about what that meant to me and how truly wonderful and supportive the faculty were and continue to be to this day.

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