Graduates of the Indiana Wesleyan University Division of Music enjoy success in the music field as well as success in applying for graduate studies in music.

IWU Student Lands Role in Puccini's Great Opera Suor Angelica

Elise Duncan, IWU Senior, has been offered a role in New York Lyric Opera Theatre's summer program scheduled for August 2013. Duncan auditioned with a recording earlier this spring and was informed that she had made it to the final round of casting. By the end of May, she was accepted and informed that she would have the role of the Novice in Puccini's great opera Suor Angelica.

IWU Students Place in 2012 NATS Competition

Join us in congratulating these students for placing in the National Association of Teachers of Singings (NATS) competition:

High School

Mickey Simpkins, 3rd Place Category 1b
Alyssa Kissel, 1st Place Category 1c


Dominique Clements, 1st Place Freshman College Women
Brittany Starkweather, 2nd Place Freshman College Women
Collin Stephens, 3rd Place Freshman College Men
Caylie Yoder, 3st Place Sophomore College Women (Category 4-1)
Brittany Wells, 3st Place Sophomore College Women(Category 4-3)
Abbigail Schubkegel, 2ndst Place Sophomore College Women(Category 4-3)
Kris Stephens, 1st Place Mature Singers
Zachary Arneson, Honorable Mention Senior Men
Craig "Denny" King, 2nd Place Senior Men
Bailey Laws, 3rd Place Musical Theatre 1st and 2nd Year College Students
Leslie Barrow, 1st Place Musical Theatre Advance Division

IWU Music graduate Caleb Doyel was honored as the 2011 First-Year Teacher of the Year in his school district in Prescott, Arizona.

Current IWU sophomore, Andrew Jones, received an Honorable Mention in the Young Artist category for the State Level at the the 2012 Music Teachers National Association competition.

Graduate Students

Below are some of our graduates who have been accepted into graduate music programs:

  • Kristen Bowman - Capital University (Master of Music, Kodaly Certification program); Elementary Music Teacher, Qingdao International School, China
  • Chase Garrett - Houghton School of Music (Assistantship; Master of Music, Percussion Performance)
  • Samantha Gossard - Peabody Conservatory/John Hopkins University and Cleveland Institute of Music (accepted and awarded scholarship and assistantships at both)
  • Emily Isenberg - Butler School of Music, Ball State School of Music, and University of Tennessee (Master of Arts in Piano Pedagogy); presented research at the 2011 MTNA National Conference in Milwaukee
  • Elle Kernitz - University of Colorado at Boulder (Master of Music in Piano Performance)
  • Julie Laur - Vandercook College of Music (Master of Music)
  • Megan McCoy - Butler University (Master of Music, Choral Conducting)
  • Brian Richards - Houghton School of Music (Assistantship, Master of Music in either Trombone Performance or Music Education)
  • Katrina Roush - IU Jacobs School of Music (Ph.D. in Music Theory; TA in theory and aural skills classes)
  • Jonathan Schaller - Duquesne University (Master of Music, Music Education)
  • Jared Tidd - Miami University (Master of Music, Piano Performance; full tuition waiver and accompanying assistantship)
  • Evan Warner - Berkley (Boston, Master of Music, Composition)
  • Kelsea Webb - IU Jacobs School of Music (Assistantship; voice studio of Carol Vaness)
  • Zachary Arneson - IU
  • Rebecca Roy - Peabody

Student Organizations

With the IWU Division of Music, your education will not end at the completion of a course or graduation from the major. We encourage our students to engage in memberships with professional organizations and in this way create opportunities to continue learning outside the classrooms and beyond the University. We invite you to consider joining one of the organizations below as a supplement to your coursework. The benefits of this activity will be a great catalyst to your education and career.

American Choral Directors Association (ACDA)

The ACDA is a nonprofit music education organization whose central purpose is to promote excellence in choral music through performance, composition, publication, research and teaching. In addition, ACDA strives through arts advocacy to elevate choral music's position in American society.

National Association for Music Education (NAfME)

The National Association for Music Education, among the world's largest arts education organizations, marked its centennial in 2007 as the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. Through membership of more than 75,000 active, retired and pre-service music teachers, and with 60,000 honor students and supporters, NAfME serves millions of students nationwide through activities at all teaching levels, from preschool to graduate school.