Welcome to the Department of Music at Lewis University

". . . education in music is most sovereign, because more than anything else rhythm and harmony find their way to the inmost soul and take strongest hold upon it, bringing with them and imparting grace, if one is rightly trained. . ."
PLATO from Republic

Whether you are contemplating a career in music or just looking for an outlet for your musical talents, we have abundant opportunities for you here. The Department of Music at Lewis University sponsors several vocal and instrumental ensembles that are open to students in all majors. Our applied lessons instructors work with beginner to advanced students, so vocalists and instrumentalists looking for a private teacher will find instructors here who can take them to the next level of music performance, whatever their instrument or level of achievement.

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Students contemplating a major in music will find a complete curriculum in music theory, history, technology, and business leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree. Small classes and professionally active instructors contribute to the musical and educational development of every student. Double majors and minors in music are also encouraged, and financial aid is available from a number of sources.

We encourage you to explore the many opportunities here for you. Visit the other areas of our website and find out about our faculty, our ensembles, music technology, and the curricula. Be sure to visit our FAQ page for answers to some of the most commonly asked questions. We think you'll be impressed by the way the Lewis University Music Department combines liberal education with professional training in an environment that makes learning fun, meaningful, and lasting.

The mission of the Music Department is consonant with that of the university as a whole. We seek in all we do and teach to foster knowledge, wisdom, fidelity, justice and association. We endeavor to provide a program of liberal education and professional training in music. Respectful of our heritage, we nevertheless seek to cultivate music as a living art form and to be open, creative, inclusive, and innovative in our approach to music of our own time.

Fall 2021 Concerts

Holiday Choral Concert
December 6, 2021 @ 7:30pm
St. Charles Borromeo Convocation Hall
Music Student Recital
December 8, 2021 @ 2pm
St. Charles Borromeo Convocation Hall
Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra
October 27, 2021 @ 7:30pm
St. Charles Borromeo Convocation Hall
American Guild of Organists "Spooktakular!"
October 29, 2021 @ 7:30pm
St. Charles Borromeo Convocation Hall
Chamber Choir Fall Concert
November 1, 2021 @ 7:30pm
St. Charles Borromeo Convocation Hall
Pianist: Matthew McCright
November 3, 2021 @ 7:30pm
St. Charles Borromeo Convocation Hall
Fall Cabaret
November 22, 2021 @ 7:30pm
St. Charles Borromeo Convocation Hall
Jazz Band Concert
November 29, 2021 @ 7:30pm
Ives Hall

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Music Opportunities

Lewis is a great place to major in Music, Music Business, or CS+Music! Don't want to be a music major? You are also welcome here!

The Music Department offers a number of opportunities to Lewis students, regardless of major. As long as a student is under 18 credit hours, they can enroll in an applied instrument or voice lesson for credit at no additional charge.

  • Applied lessons for non-majors are one credit hour and result in a weekly 30 minute private, 1:1, lesson. Lesson days and times are TBD.
  • Beginners are welcome! Students do not need to know how to read music or have any musical background. Our instructors work with students from beginning to advanced college majors.
  • For some applied instruments, students do not need to have their own instrument. The Music Department is able to provide guitars, bass guitars, double basses, percussion instruments, and pianos to beginning students. For other instruments, the Music Department can help arrange rental instruments for the semester.
  • Applied lessons do not yet satisfy the Fine Arts general education requirement, but they do award elective credit toward the 128 credits required for graduation.
  • The Music Department also has a number of ensembles for college credit. Like applied lessons, as long as a student is under 18 credit hours, they can enroll in an ensemble for credit at no additional charge.

  • Ensemble scholarships are available to ALL Lewis students! See our Scholarship Information Page for details.
  • Auditions are not required to enroll in an ensemble; however, most ensembles require some type of audition for placement and seating. These auditions typically happen during the first week of classes.
  • All ensembles are one-credit hour.
  • Chamber Choir: this choir sings all types of music from classical to pop.
  • Jazz Band: this ensemble plays all types of jazz music, and like Chamber Choir, a limited number of scholarships are available.
  • University Orchestra: students should visit mysomusic.org for audition information.
  • Rock Band Ensemble: our newest ensemble, this group plays all types of pop music. Drummers, guitarists, bassists, keyboardists, rappers, DJs, and singers are encouraged to enroll!