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Department of Music

Study Music at Elmhurst

Our internationally renowned Department of Music offers exceptional opportunities for students interested in the serious study of music.

Whether you’re a music major or pursuing a different major, the Department of Music has a place for you.

Learn from Masters in Their Craft

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.

Tour the World in Performing Ensembles

Imagine participating in performing 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. Our performing ensembles perform exclusively on Gretsch drum sets.

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Additional Resources

Special Congratulations to Dr. Fred Gretsch

Elmhurst University alumnus Fred Gretsch and wife Dinah Gretsch pose for a photograph with guitars made by their company.

Fred ’71 and Dinah Gretsch

On May 22, 2021, Elmhurst University will hold its annual undergraduate Commencement, with hundreds of students crossing the stage to receive their diplomas. Fifty years ago, in 1971, Dr. Fred Gretsch received his bachelor’s degree from Elmhurst College. In 2016, Elmhurst University awarded him an honorary doctorate. Fred and his wife, Dinah, have become two of the most successful and inspiring people in the Music Industry, leading The Gretsch Company for decades. One can find Gretsch guitars and drums being played in 111 countries around the globe, and their philanthropic endeavors have enriched countless numbers of people, both young and old, through participation in music.

The Gretsch family and Foundation have been extremely generous to numerous schools and organizations, and especially to Elmhurst University through many gifts and scholarships. We are deeply grateful for the relationship we all enjoy, as the Gretsch name is forever embodied within the history, the present, and future of the University and its Music Department. Here, we are linking to an article that appeared in Prospect magazine in 2019 that will provide even greater insight into these amazing people. Congratulations, Dr. Fred Gretsch, on the 50th anniversary of your graduation from Elmhurst University!

Read the Article

Audition Opportunity

Elmhurst University welcomes internationally renowned trumpeter and brass chamber music innovator Christopher J. O’Hara to its distinguished faculty.

Audition to study with Prof. O’Hara. Email the department about the following dates below:

  • Sunday, Nov. 14
  • Monday, Jan. 18
  • Friday, Feb. 26
  • Saturday, March 13
  • Saturday, March 27
  • Saturday, April 10
  • Saturday, April 24
  • Friday, May 21
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