Illinois Chamber Music Festival Expands to Woodwinds, Brass 

May 12, 2015  

BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— The Illinois Chamber Music Festival expands this year to offer programs for woodwinds and brass in addition to training in strings, harp and piano. Open to high school and college students, the three-week festival is held July 12-Aug. 1 on the campus of Illinois Wesleyan University.

Expansion to woodwinds and brass is possible because of grants from the Illinois Arts Council Agency and Illinois Wesleyan’s Donnocker Innovation Fund, said Lisa Nelson, executive director of the festival and visiting assistant professor of viola, violin and string pedagogy.

The camp typically enrolls about 45 students who receive daily coaching, master classes, elective studies and participate in rehearsals and performances. Illinois Wesleyan music faculty and guest artists provide instruction, and need-based scholarships are available. For more information, contact Nelson at 309-556-3547 or

In addition, faculty and students present 15 free public performances throughout the three-week camps, beginning with the opening concert on July 12 at 7:30 p.m. and culminating with the final faculty-student concert on Aug. 1 at 3 p.m. at Westbrook Auditorium. A complete schedule of performances is available online.

Nina Gordon, associate professor of cello and chamber music, is founder and music director of the Illinois Chamber Music Festival.