Musical Performances

Throughout the academic year, Wheaton offers a variety of musical performances by students, faculty, and visiting artists from around the world.


The Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Wheaton College

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra continues its decades-long tradition of performing at Wheaton College’s beautiful Edman Memorial Chapel with a three concert series each year. More information >

Since its first performance at Wheaton College in 1960, the CSO has performed in Edman Memorial Chapel 10 times, including on the Artist Series and for presidential inauguration festivities. Consistently rated as one of the world’s most respected orchestras, the CSO is expanding its engagement with west-suburban audiences hoping to reach new generations with the glory of symphonic music. Read a feature article at CSO Sounds & Stories about this new partnership. >>

Tickets can be purchased at the CSO website, by calling 312.294.3000, or at the Symphony Center Box Office at 220 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago. Tickets for these performances are not available from the Wheaton College Ticket Office.

Current subscribers to the Wheaton College Artist Series are eligible for a 30% discount when subscribing to the current CSO concert series. Call 630.752.5010 for details. Subscription information can be found at the Artist Series website.

Faculty Performances

Wheaton’s Conservatory faculty is known for teaching and performing in regional, national, and international arenas. Each year, Wheaton offers multiple faculty performances for the enjoyment of the students and the public.  For more information on Faculty performances, please visit the Events Calendar.

Conservatory Ensembles

The Conservatory of Music has eight ensembles that vary in musical style. From the historic Men's Glee Club to the Symphony Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble, the conservatory ensembles perform a variety of repertoire at musical performances throughout the academic year.  For more information on ensembles performances, please visit the Events Calendar.


Each January, the Conservatory of Music hosts an Opera performed by students participating in the Opera academic course, which strives to prepare students for further pre-professional study in opera and music theater. Previous performances have included Gilbert and Sullivan's Patience, or Bunthorne's Bride, and Engelbert Humperdinck’s Hansel & Gretel. Please visit the Conservatory of Music for information on Opera.

Artist Series

The Wheaton College Artist Series serves the campus family and surrounding communities by presenting some of the world’s most gifted artists for the purpose of exploring, enjoying, and celebrating God’s creative gifts.

Through nearly seven decades of bringing great performers to the western suburbs, the Artist Series has enjoyed performances from guests such as Grammy award-winning soprano Sylvia McNair, Kathleen Battle, Yo Yo Ma, James Galway, Seiji Ozawa, Marvin Hamlisch, the Russian National Ballet, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The Artist Series is accessible to the public and is continually providing the best in performances for affordable prices. For more information on performances and tickets, please visit the Artist Series Website.

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