Summer Music Program

Illinois Chamber Music Festival and Camp

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Illinois Chamber Music Festival

As part of its Summer Music Programs, Illinois Wesleyan University offers a Chamber Music Festival (July 7-27) to young musicians of college, high school, and junior high ages, who wish to participate in intensive musical training on the historic campus of Illinois Wesleyan University. All performances are free and open to the public and take place in Westbrook Auditorium, Presser Hall, 1210 Park St., Bloomington, Ill.

Illinois Chamber Music Festival at IWU (July 7-27, 2019) 



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Founder and Music Director:  Nina Gordon
Executive Director:  Lisa Nelson

The Illinois Chamber Music Festival at IWU for strings, piano, winds, and harp will be held July 7-27.  This program is designed for young musicians who wish to participate in intensive chamber music training.  The schedule consists of daily coaching, rehearsals, master classes, and performances by students and faculty.  Other studies and activities include singing and acting, international dance, tennis, and swimming.


Pre-formed groups with prepared repertoire will be able to perform in opening master classes.

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Cello Camp is now part of Illinois Chamber Music Festival! 

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Illinois Wesleyan University Cello Camp 

The IWU Cello Camp is a two-week program designed for young cellists who wish to participate in intensive cello studies.  The daily schedule includes private lessons, small cello ensembles, cello orchestra, master classes, and performances.  The camp also offers a variety of elective activities such as: Musical Theater, Ear-training, Tennis, International Dance, and Conversational Language.    


  • Nina Gordon  – Professor of Cello and Chamber Music, Illinois Wesleyan University
  • Dana Woolard Hughlett - Faculty, William Jewel College, Graceland University; Principal Cellist, Liberty Symphony Orchestra
  • Andrew Hesse - Chicago Lyric Opera

For additional information contact Nina Gordon at 309-556-3828.