Community Music School

WIU Community Music School - Voice Lessons


Voice lessons are currently being offered through the WIU Community Music School for singers of all ages, levels, and styles. Students study in a one-on-one weekly private lesson. Over the course of regular weekly study, students have the opportunity to hone their skills and realize their potential in a non-competitive environment, while receiving guidance in achieving their personal goals. In a space of self-exploration and discovery, learning skills and self-teaching techniques are instilled in order to foster life-long inquiry and passion for singing.

Lesson Times  

Lessons are taught once per week and are arranged with the instructor. Lesson times can be 30, 45, or 60 minutes in length.  

Lesson Locations  

Voice lessons are currently offered in Browne Hall on the WIU Campus in Macomb.


Mary McMurtery is pleased to join the Community Music School faculty this fall. alores  

Having discovered her passion for singing at a young age, Ms. McMurtery has been studying voice and performing actively for 18+ years. Since moving to Macomb in 2012, she has appeared as a soloist with the McDonough Choral Society and the Galesburg Community Chorus.  

In 2011, Ms. McMurtery performed the role of Papagena in a concert version of Mozart's Die Zauberflöte with New York Lyric Opera. In 2010, she performed in St. John's, Newfoundland as a participant in the Opera on the Avalon summer training program. Other operatic roles performed include Susanna (Le nozze di Fiagro, Mozart), Sister Dolcina (Suor Angelica, Puccini), Poppea (L'incoronazione di Poppea, Monteverdi), Héro (Béatrice et Bénédict, Berlioz), Mercedes (Carmen, Bizet), and Ännchen (Der Freischütz, C.M. von Weber). Also a frequent recitalist, she performed as the soprano soloist for the Hugo Wolf/Goethe Project in New York, NY for the (re:) Directions Theater Company in 2010. Other studies abroad include the Florence Voice Seminar, in Florence, Italy (2007 and 2005), and at the Carl Maria von Weber Hochschule für Musik in Dresden, Germany (2002). Ms. McMurtery holds a Master of Music degree in Voice Performance and Pedagogy from Westminster Choir College of Rider University (2006) and a Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance and German from DePauw University of Greencastle, Indiana (2004).


Alison Huntley is pleased to join the Community Music School faculty this fall.  

Alison Huntley is currently a Graduate Assistant at WIU pursuing a Master's Degree in Choral Conducting. Previously, Alison graduated from WIU in 2015 with a Bachelor's Degree in Choral Music Education and Vocal Performance, and then spent a year teaching K-12 General Music and Choir. Miss Huntley is active with the University Singers, Madrigal Singers, and Opera Theatre.

Benjamin Rogers is pleased to join the Community Music School faculty this spring.  


Benjamin Rogers is a senior Music Education Major at Western Illinois University from Savanna, IL. Mr. Rogers is active in WIU Choirs, WIU Opera, and WIU Bands, and is currently participating in University Singers and Wind Ensemble. This spring, he will be performing the role of The Witch in Engelbert Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel. Mr. Rogers will be performing as part of La Musica Lirica's 19th Annual International Music Festival in Novafeltria, Italy during the summer of 2018. Other operatic roles performed include Sam (Trouble in Tahiti, Bernstein), Daniel Webster (The Devil and Daniel Webster, Moore), Bob (The Old Maid and the Thief, Menotti), Lord Mountararat (Iolanthe, Gilbert and Sullivan), and Troubleman/The Giant (Jack and the Beanstalk, John Davies). Mr. Rogers currently serves as the Interim Choral Director at Wesley United Methodist Church in Macomb, IL, and is a member of the American Choral Directors Association.

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  • 30 minute lessons - $15
  • 45 minute lessons - $22.50
  • 60 minute lessons - $30

For more information, contact

Richard Cangro, CMS Director
Phone: (309) 298-3114