". . . 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. . ."

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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 sponsors three vocal and four instrumental ensembles that are open to students in all majors. Some require an audition, but others are open to all who wish to participate, including musicians from the community. 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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Fine Arts Building

The Oremus Fine Arts building is home to the Department of Music

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. 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.


Take Flight "Take Flight" is the first album released by the Monarch Winds. Completely produced by the Department of Music, the album features music by Adrien Barthe, Haydn, Ibert, Percy Grainger, Malcom Arnold, Prokofiev, Scott Joplin, and Neil Rolnick. It was recorded at St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church in Lockport, Illinois and engineered by Lewis student Jordan Elmer and professor, Dr. Mike McFerron.

Adrien Barthe
[1] Passacaille

Divertimento No. 1 in B-flat
[2] Allegro con Spirito
[3] St. Anthony Chorale
[4] Minuetto
[5] Rondo

Three Short Pieces
[6] Allegro
[7] Andante
[8] Assez lent; Allegro scherzando

Percy Grainger
[9] Walking Tune

Malcom Arnold
Three Shanties for Wind Quintet
[10] Allegro con brio
[11] Allegretto semplice
[12] Allegro vivace

Summer Day Suite, Op. 65
[13] Walk
[14] Fairy Tale
[15] March
[16] Tag
[17] March of the Grasshoppers
[18] Evening

Scott Joplin
[19] Easy Winners

Neil Rolnick
[20] Ambos Mundos