Welcome to the IWU voice and choral department webpage. Here you will find information pertaining to vocal ensemble opportunities, opera workshop experiences, vocal related courses and student solo performances. Under the guidance of a dedicated and knowledgeable faculty, students are encouraged to achieve their potential and to prepare themselves for professional life.
The vocal ensembles at Illinois Wesleyan include Collegiate Choir and Chamber Singers, under the direction of Dr. J. Scott Ferguson and University Choir under the direction of Dr. Andrew Dahan. IWU also features student-led men’s and women’s a cappella groups, Suspended and A Touch of Class respectively, that perform regularly on campus and in the surrounding community. Suspended has performed in Japan and has produced albums. It also makes an annual recruitment tour throughout Illinois.
Opera Workshop, directed by Prof. Robert Mangialardi, offers invaluable stage experience to undergraduate students interested in pursuing a career in this genre. Classes with emphasis on vocal training include Vocal Techniques and Vocal Pedagogy, taught by Dr. William Hudson. Other courses students can take to enhance their experiences as voice majors include Diction for Singers (English, Italian, German, and French), taught by Prof. Jamie- Rose Guarrine, History of Opera, taught by Dr. Linda Farquharson, and courses offered through the School of Theatre Arts, such as beginning acting and dance classes, and Special Topics. Voice students attend Repertoire Classes each week, where they have the opportunity to sing for their peers and to receive constructive comments. Departmental and solo recitals afford students additional experience in a more formal setting.
We invite prospective students to visit our campus and observe classes, rehearsals, voice lessons, or talk with faculty. Those interested in auditioning for admittance to the School of Music should contact Laura Dolan for information regarding the audition process. Please feel free to contact me for further information about voice study at Illinois Wesleyan University.
Dr. J. Scott Ferguson
Voice and Choral Department, Chair