Musical Activities


The IW Concert Choir, Blair Buffington, Director, consists of approximately 40 singers and performs frequently each semester. In addition to concert performances, the ensemble sings for multiple special ceremonies on campus and at least twice each semester for worship services at local churches. The Concert Choir takes a domestic tour each academic year and has traveled to Europe twice in the past decade. Email:

Primae Voces, Blair Buffington, Director, is a vocal ensemble of 10-12 singers specializing in the performance of chamber, classical and popular music, as well as vocal jazz. The group performs regularly in concerts and for special events on and off campus. Email:

The Mount Pleasant Chorale, Blair Buffington, Director, consists of students and adult community members. The ensemble performs at least once each semester. Concert programs often include choral-orchestral masterworks. Email:


The Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra, Maestro Robert McConnell, Director, is a regional professional symphony orchestra of about 50 musicians, including Iowa Wesleyan students, faculty members and community members. The ensemble performs classical orchestral literature offering three subscription series concerts yearly (each performed in Mount Pleasant, Burlington and Ottumwa, Iowa) and several educational and entertainment programs including the Fourth of July “Symphony Blast,” pops concerts, Young Artist competition, school tours and concerts featuring nationally-known musical artists. Email:

The Southeast Iowa Band, Robert McConnell, Director, is a semi-professional community band of about 50 students, faculty and community members. The group

performs a formal concert each semester of classic band literature. This group is supported financially through donations from concert patrons and Iowa Wesleyan University.

The IW Chamber Band, Dr. David A. Johnson, Director, is an ensemble of about 30 student musicians that performs traditional band literature. This group typically presents one formal concert each semester and performs for ceremonial events including the spring commencement. Email:

The IW Big Band, Dr. David A. Johnson, Director, is a traditional 15-piece jazz ensemble of saxophones, trumpets, trombones and rhythm section instruments that performs traditional big-band jazz. This group also serves as the core ensemble for the athletic pep band, performing occasionally for football, volleyball and basketball games. A Jazz Combo also is offered and allows students to work on the art of melodic, harmonic and rhythmic jazz improvisation through standard jazz classics.

The IW Drumline and Percussion Ensemble, Dr. David A. Johnson, Director. This group consists of 10 percussionists, snare, tenor and bass drums, cymbals and mallet keyboard instruments and performs at athletic events (fall and winter months). The percussion ensemble rehearses and performs in concert settings during the spring semester.

Chamber Ensembles, in addition to the groups listed above, include smaller ensembles such as Woodwind Ensembles, directed by Dr. Jason Edwards. Email: