Department of Music


Music students at Lake Forest explore the musicians they are and will become. Through opera or hip hop, violin or harmonica, students collaborate with professors whose own interests range from world music to electronica.

Students interested in performing can participate in established choirs, orchestra, and percussion ensemble. Faculty encourage students to start their own music groups of any genre.

With the Lyric Opera, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and numerous jazz, blues, folk, and house music venues nearby, Chicago provides opportunities for music enjoyment, study, and internships.

Department News

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    Assistant Professor of Music and Chair of Music Education Scott Edgar and Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Melissa Grady earned the only research-presenter spots at the 2015 Illinois Music Education Conference.

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    Teaching Associate in Music Helen Bond’s Motherland Rhythm Community has expanded their Benkadi Project beyond education. They have helped the people of Guinea with emergency relief supplies, food, electricity, water, and much more.
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    Lecturer in Music Helen Bond was a guest on WBEZ to discuss her not-for-profit, the Benkadi Project, which finds ways to provide clean water to people in Guinea, West Africa. Bond co-founded the organization after visiting Guinea to study traditional hand drumming and seeing firsthand that her help was needed.
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