Meet the Class of 2019

Jonathan Lange ’19: Fairbanks, Alaska

Jonathan Lange ’19

Sept. 15, 2015 

BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— Jonathan Lange ’19 had never seen the Illinois Wesleyan campus before he showed up for Turning Titan week.

The prohibitive cost of airfare deterred the Fairbanks, Alaska resident from visiting. Lange applied to IWU largely influenced by his voice teacher, Jamie-Rose Guarrine ’00, who taught private lessons for six years in Fairbanks. Lange also believed the Midwest offered the opportunity to get involved in a wider musical community, where the vocal performance major ultimately hopes to work.

Lange has been performing since third grade, when he played Chip in Beauty and the Beast. Since then, Lange has been in a wide variety of operas and musicals, including work with Opera Fairbanks, the farthest-north professional opera company, when he was in eighth grade. Lange performed in eight musicals as a high school student. “Performing is really what I do best, and it’s something I love doing,” he said. “A vocal performance major was really a no-brainer for me.”

Here at Illinois Wesleyan, Lange said he is adjusting fairly well, although, especially recently, there is far more humidity than he’s used to. As to his academics, Lange has a busy schedule, a nod to IWU’s combination of liberal arts and sciences with professional programs such as the nationally recognized School of Music. Lange is a bass in IWU’s Collegiate Choir. The best thing he has experienced so far is the level of professionalism in the musical community at IWU, he said.

After college, Lange plans to attain a master’s degree and developing a career in opera performance.

By Emily Phelps ’19