School of Music Academy

Julie Gunn, Coordinator

About the Program

Sign up for an audition! - Saturday, May 21 in the lower level classrooms of the School of Music. 

Established in the fall of 2011, the School of Music Academy is a college-preparatory chamber music program for advanced pianists and string players. The Academy also offers instruction in music composition and music theory, which is open to all pre-college musicians.

Students are selected by audition in the spring and form chamber ensembles that study and perform standard repertoire. The Academy program consists of weekly rehearsals, coachings, and theory lessons with graduate assistant instructors. Master classes, studio classes and recitals with UI faculty are held at least monthly. Each semester culminates in an Academy-wide recital.

Please see below for news on one of our students:


School of Music Faculty

Julie Gunn, piano
Rudolf Haken, viola
Dmitri Kouzov, cello
Stefan Milenkovich, violin
Stephen Taylor, composition
The Jupiter String Quartet


The curriculum of the School of Music Academy includes traditional performance repertoire, primarily from the classical, romantic and 20th century chamber music repertoire for strings and piano. Technical development is augmented with musicianship study in weekly theory classes for all students. Composition classes are also offered as an option.

All pupils participate in weekly rehearsals and coachings and perform on the recitals at the end of each semester. The course of instruction coincides with the University calendar and consists of two 14-week semesters. 

Information for 2016-2017 School Year

Auditions - Saturday, May 21, 2016
August 27, 2016 (subject to available space)

First week of instruction and regular rehearsals - September 10, 2016
No rehearsals on November 26, 

Recital dates  

December 17, 2016 at 7:30 PM in the Music Building Auditorium  

May 7, 2017, Music Building Auditorium

Audition Requirements


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