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.

Ensemble Audition Info: Fall 2022

Community Programs

Additional Resources

  • Plan a visit: If you would like to visit during our Spring semester (which begins Jan. 30, 2023), please click “Plan a visit” and complete the Visit Day Questionnaire. Contact Director of Music Admission Gayle Bisesi with any questions.
  • Department of Music Handbook

Audition Opportunities

Show us your talent! Auditions for acceptance into the Department of Music are available on the following dates:

  • Saturday, November 12, 2022
  • Monday, January 16, 2023
  • Saturday, February 18, 2023
  • Friday, March 3, 2023
  • Saturday, March 18, 2023
  • Saturday, April 1, 2023
  • Saturday, April 22, 2023
  • Friday, May 19, 2023

Learn More About the Audition Process

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The Elmhurst University Department of Music plays Gretsch drum sets exclusively.

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