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Conservatory Facilities

Armerding Center for Music and the Arts

Located at the heart of Wheaton’s campus, the new Armerding Center for Music and the Arts invites musical participation and artistic engagement of all students, staff, and faculty; allows the College to host a greater number of campus guests; and allows the College to achieve higher levels of artistic excellence.

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Armerding Building Tour

The Armerding Center for Music and the Arts was renovated in two phases. The first phase included the development of a state-of-the-art recital hall, sound-canceling practice rooms and classrooms, two recording studios, and faculty studios and was completed In November 2017. The final phase was completed in September 2020 which included a beautiful 650-seat acoustically-engineered concert hall, a choral rehearsal room, and a grand lobby.

Our students and faculty now enjoy proper climate control and sound isolation, along with additional storage throughout the building. The new practice rooms are adequately sized to protect musician’s hearing and to offer optimal acoustics.  No longer is the Conservatory of Music operating out of six different buildings, built from 1924 to 2008, that were spread out across campus. The Conservatory of Music now has a new state-of-the-art home with a 108-seat recital hall specifically designed for music performance.

The new home of the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music has been named in honor of the fifth president of Wheaton College, Hudson T. Armerding ’41, upon his retirement. This structure once housed the science and mathematics departments. But music was the heart of the Armerding family. While Miriam Bailey Armerding ’42 graduated from the Conservatory of Music, Hudson also sang in Men’s Glee Club as an undergrad, so it is fitting that the future home of the Conservatory of Music will continue to carry the name.

Edman Chapel

Edman Memorial Chapel is the site of campus chapels, concerts, commencements, and various community-related events such as the Wheaton College Artist Series and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Wheaton. This large auditorium seats more than 2,400 people.

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Pierce Chapel

Pierce Memorial Chapel is used for class chapels, lectures, concerts, and recitals with a 900-seat auditorium.

Pierce Memorial Chapel, Wheaton College IL

Barrows Auditorium

This 500-seat auditorium is a popular venue for conferences, recitals, lectures and other events.

Barrows Auditorium Wheaton College IL

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