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The Illinois College Fine Arts Series kicks off its 42nd season bringing outstanding, inspiring music to the Jacksonville area.

2021 - 2022 Upcoming Series Events

We look forward to presenting all of these programs to you live and in person. But at all times, we will follow the health guidelines of Illinois College and of the state and local government. We will keep you informed of any developments through email, our Facebook page and local media.

Sunday, October 10, 2021 :: 3:00 p.m. :: Outdoors, in front of Rammelkamp Chapel

Founded in 2020, the Illinois College Drumline is an entertaining and vibrant performance ensemble that brings a great deal of energy and enthusiasm to every performance. Directed by Illinois College faculty member Tyler Carpenter and comprised of students from many different majors, the group performs regularly at IC sporting events, campus celebrations, and community events. On this family-oriented program, the drumline will perform their current repertoire, as well as involve the younger members of the audience with some hands-on playing opportunities!

In the event of bad weather this program will be held in the King Fieldhouse in Bruner Fitness and Recreation Center.

ENGELBACH-HART MUSIC FESTIVAL, Faculty Collage Concert (Free)
Friday, October 22, 2021 :: 7:30 p.m. :: Rammelkamp Chapel

This admission-free program will be a Faculty Collage Concert, highlighting the exceptional talents of the Illinois College music faculty.

MUSIC WALL DUO, Abigail Walsh, Flute, & Pei-I Wang, Piano
Saturday, November 20, 2021 :: 7:30 p.m. :: Rammelkamp Chapel

Praised for their flawless performances, this concert by the Music Wall Duo promises to be full of brilliance and variety. With a strong commitment to cutting-edge classical music, stylistic diversity, innovative programming, and ground-breaking contemporary music, the duo has been featured at music festivals and universities across the Midwest. This concert will feature the world premiere of a new work by Illinois College Emeritus Professor of Music Timothy Kramer.  

Friday, February 25, 2022 :: 7:30 p.m. :: Rammelkamp Chapel

Class of 2000 alumnus and audience favorite Homer Ferguson III returns to the Hilltop to perform in Rammelkamp Chapel. A stunning performer and insightful musician, his varied program is sure to please the entire audience.  Homer has served churches in several denominations and states, and is currently organist and choirmaster at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Southern Pines, North Carolina. Christian Secrist, Illinois College associate professor of music, will join Homer for a portion of the concert in an exciting piece for saxophone and organ.  

Saturday, March 26, 2022 :: 7:30 p.m. :: Rammelkamp Chapel

The renowned Stan Kenton Legacy Orchestra will bring big band sound to the Hilltop. This 18-piece ensemble will perform some of the well-known music of the Stan Kenton Orchestra and — in keeping with Kenton’s insistence on not just performing nostalgic music — fresh, new material written in the Kenton style and original music by members of the band. Alumni from the 1956-1978 Stan Kenton orchestras, plus some fine younger new members, carry on Kenton’s tradition of dedication to creative music and to jazz education.

Saturday, April 9, 2022 :: 7:30 p.m. :: Rammelkamp Chapel

The 42nd Fine Arts Series concludes with a recital by IC’s own soprano extraordinaire — Mathilda Edge. A member of the Illinois College Class of 2011, she returns to her alma mater to perform a stunning and varied concert. Mathilda has won many awards in her rising operatic career and is currently a member of the Ryan Opera Center at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

The Chicago Tribune singled out her performance in “The Barber of Seville”  at the Lyric Opera of Chicago as a “vocal tour de force,” “an enormous sound with remarkable point,” and featuring “a coyly understated humor.”

Fine Arts Series Ticket Information:

Adult season tickets are available for $70, and adult tickets to individual concerts are available for $15 per concert. As always, students of all ages and children are admitted free of charge.

Please consider making a donation to the series: Your generosity and support help ensure that we are able to continue bringing quality programming to the Jacksonville community!

For more information, to purchase a Season or Single Event ticket, or to make a donation, please contact Jennifer Phebus ’07 at 217.245.3192 or