The Illinois Wesleyan Symphony Orchestra performs works from all musical periods. Its commitment to artistic excellence has allowed the Orchestra to collaborate with such acclaimed musicians as Dawn Upshaw, Armando Ghitalla, Awadagin Pratt, Laszlo Varga, Peter Schickele and others. The Orchestra’s annual Concerto-Aria concert showcases the School’s finest musicians.
This elite auditioned group of students specializes in advanced contemporary wind band repertoire and provides an environment for musical growth by helping students learn to play expressively and with passion.
The Illinois Wesleyan Titan Band provides music and entertainment at the football and basketball games. The Band has had the honor of performing at the NCAA Division III Final Four basketball tournament at IWU’s Shirk Athletic Center, and at Final Four tournaments in Salem, Va., and in Hope, Mi. The Titan Band provides work study and payroll positions when available. This ensemble is open to any student; no audition is required.
J. Scott Ferguson
The Collegiate Choir has collaborated with renowned professional ensembles such as the King’s Singers and the Orchid Ensemble. The Choir is composed of student musicians representing the School of Music and other areas of the University, and is dedicated to the performance of the finest sacred and secular choral music spanning six centuries and a variety of languages. Students in the choir are selected by audition and maintain a rigorous rehearsal schedule in preparation for their annual spring concert tour and other engagements throughout the year. The choir has presented concerts in Italy, Russia, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Spain, Germany, France, and South Africa. The Choir appears frequently at the Illinois Music Education Conferences (IMEC) and was selected to perform at the 2008 and 2012 ACDA Central Division Conferences. The Choir participated in the prestigious invitational choral festival Universitas Cantat in Poznań, Poland in May 2019 and was the first American choir invited to perform at the renowned Woordfees cultural arts festival in Stellenbosch, South Africa in 2020. The Choir commissions a new choral work every year attracting composers from around the world to participate in the oldest collegiate Commission Series in the United States.
J. Scott Ferguson
This ensemble is open to all students by placement hearing and performs on campus throughout the academic year. The Choir performs sacred and secular music from a variety of styles and historical periods.
The IWU Opera Theatre develops young singers with performance experience and training through producing fully-staged operas or operettas with orchestral accompaniment. The 2023-2024 production will be Gilbert and Sullivan's Iolanthe. Recent productions include The Elixir of Love, The Medium, La Boheme, Die Fledermaus and Too Many Sopranos.
The emphasis of the Jazz Ensemble is to develop skills that make a student competitive in the jazz/ commercial playing field, as well as competent in conducting ensembles of their own. Literature for the Ensemble includes a wide array of styles from traditional and modern jazz to progressive rock, Latin and beyond! The Jazz Ensemble has performed concerts nationally and internationally and is open to all students of the University by audition.