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Illinois Wesleyan University, School of Music

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A Professional School of Music within a Nationally-ranked University.

Illinois Wesleyan is one of the few schools in the country where young musicians can combine the rigorous professional training of a fully accredited school of music with an outstanding liberal arts education. We believe that this combination provides the best preparation for future success in the world of music.  

Our distinctive combination of a professional school of music at a liberal arts institution makes it possible to accommodate many different kinds and levels of interest in music.

“I just can’t say enough about how truly wonderful and supportive the Illinois Wesleyan faculty were and continue to be to this day.” Dawn Upshaw ’82 Five-time Grammy Award-winning soprano; MacArthur Fellow, Artistic Director, Graduate Vocal Arts Program, Bard College, Conservatory of Music.

“While pursuing a master’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music, I realized how amazing my IWU training had been.” Kyle Pfortmiller ’92, Baritone, New York City Opera, Metropolitan Opera debut, 2011

“I gained valuable instruction from faculty, coupled with challenging repertoire, which prepared me for a successful professional career.” Christopher Davis ’04, African American Fellow, Pittsburgh Symphony, 2009-2011, Bass Trombonist, New World Symphony, 2006-2009

AUDITION! via Acceptd, in person, or upload your audition to your application (no application fee) to be considered for a talent-based scholarship.  Audition requirements can be found here:  

To schedule a campus visit or for additional guideline and requirement questions please contact Laura Dolan, Music Admissions Coordinator, at or (309)556-3063. 

For technical questions, please visit the Acceptd Help Desk.


To learn more about the School of Music, visit us here.