Illinois Wesleyan Symphony Orchestra
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Founded in 1984, the Illinois Wesleyan Symphony Orchestra has performed with many
esteemed soloists and is made up of students from all disciplines. The ensemble has
performed alongside various eminent musical personalities, including virtuoso string
bassist Edgar Meyer and Grammy Award-Winning soprano Dawn Upshaw, who is also an Illinois
Wesleyan alumna, and many others. Other distinguished guests that the ensemble has
hosted throughout its tenure include Armando Ghitalla, Roger Roloff, and Laszlo Varga.
In addition, IWSO has played in concert with the Volgograd Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra
under the direction of Mr. Edward Serov, and Peter Schickele. The annual Concerto-Aria
concert showcases the school’s finest musicians by allowing them the opportunity to
perform with the IWSO. The Orchestra has performed on CBS’s Sunday Morning, and participated
in frequent tours throughout the United States.