WIU Guitar Studio visits Brazil

During the week of May 16th, 2010, the Western Illinois University guitar studio embarked on its first international tour when they visited the Brazilian State of Minas Gerais. The ensemble was comprised of Professor Matthew Warnock, current students Evan Desaulnier, Marcos Rios and Brady Lavin, and guitar [...]

Walters Publishes Editoral Image

It really says it all.
This Bruce Walters’ image was published on the editorial page of a recent Quad Cities Times.

Alum Wilson releases Children’s Album

WIU alum Kimberly Wilson, MA Public Communication and Broadcasting 1993; BA Music 1990, has released a children’s album entitled Love, Love, Love.  The album was released in April, 2010 and is getting the attention of industry executives.  This album features music for kids AND the kid in you.
The album is available on CD [...]

Fansler Conducts in Australia

Mike Fansler will conduct the Chatswood High School band in Sydney, Australia.  Fansler will be joined on stage by Emma Pask and the Pask Quintet.


The acclaimed Australian vocalist Emma Pask - who sang for Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban’s wedding - will head the [...]

Community Music School Spring Concert

The Community Music School had its spring performance on Wednesday, May 19. Featured performers were the Youth String Orchestra, a cello trio, 3 pianists, and the Youth Orchestra soloists. Dr. Rich Cangro, CMS director/youth orchestra conductor was proud of all the performers and looks forward to adding more programs to the [...]

First Ever Community Music Day

WIU’s very first Community Music Day occurred on Saturday May, 8th from 2:00-5:00 in Browne Hall. This was a collaborative effort among student organizations, faculty, staff, and the Community Music School to bring community youth in grades k-7 to campus to experience music in different ways. Dr. Richard Cangro, music education faculty [...]

Alums Edgemon and Wasmund touring in World Premiere

Ashlee Edgemon, MFA 2010, and Colin Wasmund, MFA 2009, will be touring in the world premiere of The Sweet Stuff. The show which starts in North Dakota, will be touring to Minneapolis and Chicago in July as well. The show is being produced by the Chased by an Elephant Theatre Co Ashlee would [...]

Anna Smith Takes Class in Poland

COFAC has fabulous students….like Anna Smith who has the opportunity to study in Poland this summer. Please help make her study possible and support her at this fundraising concert.


Friday, June 4, 2010


7:00pm - 8:00pm


Rushville Presbyterian Church


301 W Washington


Rushville, IL

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This July I will be traveling to Rzeszów Poland for a nine-day piano master course. To [...]