Music Department

Meet James Hile

Director of Bands

An award-winning educator and conductor, Dr. Hile will join the Elmhurst College faculty in August as director of bands.

Alumni News

A Navy Musician

Thomas Eby ’04 landed a prestigious post as trumpeter with the U.S. Navy Band Commodores, the Navy’s premier jazz ensemble.

Department News

A Partnership with Gretsch

Elmhurst College music ensembles perform exclusively on Gretsch drum kits, thanks to a new partnership with the Gretsch Company.

Alumni Stories

Alumna Wins Music Industry Award

Katie Kailus's career as an award-winning music-industry magazine editor began with an Elmhurst College internship.

Welcome to the Elmhurst College Music Department!

Elmhurst College’s internationally renowned music department offers exceptional opportunities for students interested in the serious study of music. Whether you’re a music major or pursuing a different major, the Elmhurst College music department has a place for you. 

Our distinguished faculty includes members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Chorus, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Grant Park Symphony Chorus and Chicago Sinfonietta. Our nationally recognized jazz faculty is full of national recording artists and award winners.

Imagine participating in ensembles that have recently performed in California, Canada, New York City and Europe. Envision yourself performing at Carnegie Hall, Ravinia Festival, Orchestra Hall, and with performers such as Andrea Bocelli, The Manhattan Transfer, Bobby McFerrin and Doc Severinsen.

Interested in visiting the campus, receiving a complimentary lesson, or sitting in on classes? Contact our Music Admissions Director, Gayle Bisesi, at or at (630) 617-3524. Or see Plan Your Visit for more options.

Come discover, explore and experience the opportunities that await you in the Elmhurst College Music Department.  



    Jazz @ the Mill

    Jazz Lab Band & Vocal Jazz "Blue"

    Thursday, October 26
    7:30 PM

    Jazz @ the Mill

    Jazz Band & Vocal Jazz "Late Night Blues"

    Friday, October 27

    Fall Choral Concert

    Elmhurst College Choir, Women's Chorus and Chamber Singers

    Sunday, November 12
    2:00 PM

Additional Resources

  • ILMEA Workshops
  • Community Music Program
  • Musicanship for Children and Piano Academy
  • Music Student Organizations
  • Music Department Alumni
  • 2017-2018 Handbook
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