George Williams College of Aurora University

George Williams College of Aurora University


Music by the Lake

The Music by the Lake festival appeals to music-lovers of all ages, weaving together engaging events and breathtaking natural beauty, offering an unparalleled outdoor summer experience. The open-air setting of the Ferro Pavilion, which expands to pristine lawn picnic areas, takes patrons on a journey of sight and sound on Wisconsin’s Geneva Lake. Summer concerts offered on the campus of George Williams College of Aurora University (GWC) feature big band, family programming, classical, musical theatre and contemporary entertainment. Music by the Lake is part of GWC’s ongoing commitment to year-round cultural presentations, connecting campus and community.
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Sundays at 4
Cultural enrichment. Creative expression. Community engagement.

At George Williams College of Aurora University, we strive to connect to the community through programs, summer concerts and community projects. We extend the invitation, welcoming neighbors and friends to join GWC faculty and students for a year-round cultural journey of free events in the newly-renovated Seabury Room. From special presentations to concerts to lectures, the Sundays at 4 series features today’s leaders in arts and ideas sharing their words and talents. Come to our lakeside campus, enrich yourself in GWC history and be inspired to discover what matters and build your life around it.

Click here to view the schedule for the 2016-2017 season.


George Williams College of Aurora University endows students with the awareness, skills and confidence to create sustainable, long-term solutions for the betterment of society. Founded in 1884 as part of the YMCA, George Williams College upholds the values of that iconic institution, educating students in body, mind, spirit and service. The college offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in fields that specialize in serving others and that inspire our community commitment. Through innovation, integrity, and daring, we believe our students can effect positive change in their local and global communities, as well as in their own lives. Located in Williams Bay, Wisconsin, on the shores of Geneva Lake, George Williams is a living learning lab-the ideal setting for an integrated, experiential education. Here students graduate with a resume, not just a diploma. Our picturesque setting offers numerous opportunities for volunteerism, internships, and community involvement-key experience sought by employers. Small class sizes and a close-knit community ensure personal attention from professors and staff members and a close bond with classmates. Together, the George Williams community connects students with the networks and resources they need to achieve their personal and professional goals. In fulfilling the passions of each individual within our community, George Williams works to advance creativity, global awareness, diversity of thought, and societal well-being. To schedule a campus tour, visit

Alternative Venue

GWC Conference Center

Located on the scenic shores of Wisconsin’s Geneva Lake, the Conference Center at George Williams College offers an ideal serene escape for gatherings, overnight retreats and business meetings. Guests find rest and serenity on the beautiful and historic grounds and take advantage of numerous indoor and outdoor activities. With 137 acres of lakefront beauty and wooded landscapes, including 860 feet of shoreline, the campus offers lakefront accommodations, flexible meeting spaces, catering and recreation opportunities including private lake access.

Plan your next retreat or conference on the George Williams College campus. Our professional staff will assist you from the planning stages through check out with attentive service, and excellent food and beverage choices in a beautiful, peaceful setting.

We offer:

  • Over 40 lodging room options for group bookings
  • 12,000 square feet of flexible and spacious meeting areas
  • Private venues for informal meetings or special events
  • Customized menu options overseen by our executive chef, serving up to 250
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-fi
  • Team-building and leadership development opportunities
  • Audio/visual equipment rentals available
  • On-campus performances and lectures on select weekends
  • Lake access with private beach and pier
  • Lakeside bonfires
  • Boat cruises or rentals nearby
  • Affordable pricing and warm hospitality by our professional staff

The Conference Center at George Williams College — your home on the lake.


Meeting & Group Amenities

Total meeting capacity: 12,000
Number of meeting rooms: 18
Largest room (sq/ft): 5,280
Number of sleeping rooms: 40

Alternative meeting space available Audio/video available Banquet set-up available Catering available Theater Available