Our Mission: To stimulate the musical ability of the members and inspire interest in the art of music
The Glen Ellyn-Wheaton Music Club was formed in 2004 from the merger of the Glen Ellyn Musicians’ Club, founded in 1933, and the Wheaton Music Club, founded in 1955.
From September through May, the Glen Ellyn-Wheaton Music Club presents monthly programs featuring members and guest musicians. Monthly programs are held in both member homes and larger venues like churches and retirement communities.
Performances at meetings typically include solos and ensembles featuring orchestra instruments and voice. Presentations have also included piano-four-hands, organ, harpsichord, harp, period instruments, and the premiere of a member’s composition.
Membership is open to serious, performing musicians, music educators or to non-performing, but interested, associates. For more information about the Music Club membership and meetings, please send email to membership@GEWMC.org.
The Glen Ellyn-Wheaton Music Club has enjoyed running student scholarship contests and winners' recitals and awarding monetary scholarships from 1959 to 2020. Because of the pause due to Covid-19, we are changing the direction of our future student outreach.
Our focus is to inspire interest in the art of music for students. During the 2021/2022 school year, members of our club will be investigating new ways to promote the musical studies of area students.
Mourning the loss and celebrating the life of
Durema Kohl (1924-2021)
On November 24, 1954 Durema Kohl performed a Schumann piano sonata for the Glen Ellyn Musician's Club which she'd joined earlier that year. In March of 1955, she performed again, this time in her favorite role as accompanist. She held a bachelor's degree in music from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and a master's degree in organ and church music from the University of Kansas. A member of the American Guild of Organists, she was a substitute organist and choir director for many churches in the area. She served as president of the Musician's Club from 1959 to 1961 and as president of the Wheaton Music Club from 1969 to 1971. Always a supporter of the Club's contest for young musicians, she frequently hired the winners for subsequent concerts at Wyndemere where she served on the Performing Arts Committee. A warm, supportive and demanding colleague, she brought her intelligence, vast knowledge of music, high standards, and subtle sense of humor to her many collaborations with other club musicians. On February 12, 2020 she performed at the club meeting and was planning more performances when the pandemic hit. A kind and thoughtful person as well as an outstanding musician, she will be greatly missed.
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