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Wheaton College Conservatory of Music

The Conservatory of Music functions both as a professional school with courses leading to the Bachelor of Music and the Bachelor of Music Education degrees, and as a department of the College, offering courses leading to the Bachelor of Arts in Music.

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Making Music as an Act of Worship and Service

The Conservatory seeks to bring each of its students to an intellectual understanding of the theoretical, historical, and stylistic aspects of musical practice; to relate each of these to the vast literature of music; and to demand the highest level possible of technical and artistic achievement in performance, composition, and teaching. Most importantly, the Conservatory seeks to undertake this task in the light of a biblical perspective which describes the making of music as an act of worship and service, calls for excellence as the norm of stewardship, and relates all of human creativity to the Creatorhood of God.

Conservatory Degrees

The Conservatory offers the following degree programs:

  • Bachelor of Music in Performance
  • Bachelor of Music in Composition
  • Bachelor of Music in History & Literature
  • Bachelor of Music in Pedagogy
  • Bachelor of Music Education
  • Bachelor of Music with Elective Studies in an Outside Field
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music
  • Music Minor
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Apply to the Conservatory

You can apply for a Bachelor of Arts degree in music, a Bachelor of Music degree, or a Bachelor of Music Education degree.

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Music Ensembles

The Conservatory of Music's nine ensembles are a key part of the Wheaton community. Open to all Wheaton students, regardless of major, these groups build character and musicianship by combining excellence in teaching and performance with Christian thought and community.

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Chamber Music

The Chamber Music Program at Wheaton College provides a unique opportunity for students to explore diverse genres of music and varied instrumentations.

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Percussion Ensemble

The Percussion Ensemble welcomes all percussionists. Brief auditions for new students are held at the beginning of the school year. You do not need to be a music major to participate in the Percussion Ensemble.

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Concert Choir

The Wheaton College Concert Choir is made up of approximately fifty young women and men with a passion for choral music.

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Symphonic Band

The Wheaton College Symphonic Band performs traditional and contemporary wind band music, maintaining a tradition of music excellence at Wheaton College for over 125 years. 

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Jazz Ensemble

Jazz at Wheaton offers a wide variety of performance opportunities to give you practical musical training grounded in the authentic articulation of the jazz language.

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Symphony Orchestra

The Wheaton College Symphony Orchestra is an ensemble dedicated to learning and performing excellent orchestral repertoire from the 18th century to the present, seeking to glorify God and minister to others through the process.

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Men's Glee Club

Known for its tradition, The Men’s Glee Club (MGC) continues to involve men in life-changing experiences. Founded in 1907, the group is composed of around 60 men who hail from many different areas of study and many different parts of the world.

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Women's Chorale

The Wheaton College Women's Chorale is a group of women who love music and love worshipping the Lord through singing music together.

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Opera Mainstage

The Opera program at Wheaton College strives to prepare students for further pre-professional study in opera.

Meet Our Faculty

The Conservatory of Music is served by 20 full-time music faculty, representing over 400 years of teaching and performing experience, ranging from members of the Lyric Opera and Chicago Symphony Orchestra to notable musicians in churches, schools, business, recording, and many more. 

Meet Our Faculty
Shawn Okpebholo, Conservatory of Music Professor, Wheaton College IL

Watch Conservatory Performances

Check out more performances from Wheaton College Conservatory of Music ensembles on YouTube. 

You can also watch Conservatory events live at wheaton.edu/streaming.

See Our Performances
  • Contact Us

  • Wheaton College Conservatory of Music
    Armerding Center for Music and the Arts
    520 East Kenilworth Ave
    Wheaton, Illinois 60187
  • 630.752.5099