Composition Area

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The compositions area of the Conservatory of Music is comprised of expert faculty composers who actively compose new works. In addition to the Composition coursework, students participate in an annual composition competition hosted by the Conservatory and juried by a combination of outside music experts and Conservatory faculty.

The Conservatory of Music provides comprehensive, personal instruction leading to degrees in performance, pedagogy, music with elective studies emphases, music education, music composition, composition, and the liberal arts.  Our highly credentialed faculty are outstanding performers committed to teaching and mentorship each contributing to Wheaton’s distinctively Christian community of scholarship.  Our goal is to nurture young musicians with a broad understanding of their art who in turn, can use their gifts creatively and effectively in tomorrow’s world.

Composition Faculty Area

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Shawn Okpebholo, D.M.A.

Professor of Music – Composition and Music Theory

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Francisco Xavier Beteta, Ph.D

Assistant Professor of Music Composition and Music Theory.

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Misook Kim, D.M.A.

Guest Lecturer of Composition and Music Theory.

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Timothy McDunn, D.M.A.

Guest Lecturer of Music Theory and Composition.




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Nelson Center for Sacred Music

COMING SOON! The John and Anita Nelson Center for Sacred Music will commission new sacred choral works each year by excellent composers from all over the world. These works will be premiered on campus by Wheaton College students. In addition to performing the new compositions, students, faculty, and others will witness the transformative process of music composition, performance, and ministry that are paramount in this work.