The School of Music Remembers Westley Banks

On Wednesday, April 19, 2017, the School of Music lost Westley Banks, a beloved and integral member of our music community.

Black Chorus

Black Chorus to Perform at Annual Chicago Gospel Music Festival

The U of I Black Chorus has been invited to perform at the Annual Chicago Gospel Music Festival. 

Their performance will be on June 2 at 6:00PM in the Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park.

Moye Chen

Moye Chen joins Universal Music-Decca Classics Label

Pianist and doctoral student Moye Chen has been signed to Universal on the Decca Classics label. 

Three Flutists

Illinois Flutists Garner Multiple Competition Awards

Flutists Jenny Shin (DMA), Dani Stevens (DMA), and Pauline Jung (MM) have been invited to compete in the quarterfinals of the National Flute Association Young Artist Competition.

Choral Conducting Symposium 2016

Summer Professional Development for Educators

Our own faculty are joined by world renowned performers, educators and scholars in these four programs geared toward the professional musician. 

Jazz Trombone Ensemble 2017

Jazz Trombone Octet Performs for Chicago Fire

On Saturday, April 1, 2017, The University of Illinois Jazz Trombone Octet performed Anthems for the Opening of the Chicago Fire Soccer match against the Montreal Impact.

Prof. Buchanan Named CAS Associate for 2017-2018

Donna A. Buchanan (Associate Professor of Music and Anthropology) has been named a 2017-18 Faculty Associate of the Center for Advanced Study in conjunction with her book project, "Audible Cosmology: Engendered Bells in Bulgarian Belief." 


Congratulations to Illinois musicology doctoral candidate Thornton Miller, who has been awarded a Fulbright IIE Fellowship to conduct research in St. Petersburg and Moscow for the 2017-18 academic year.

See Miller’s abstract below.

Justin Copeland

Justin Copeland Wins First Place Prize in the National Trumpet Competition (NTC) Jazz Division

Justin Copeland (DMA, Jazz Trumpet) placed first in the Yamaha Jazz Solo Division of the 2017 National Trumpet Competition. The competition took place at Metropolitan State University in Denver, Colorado on March 23-25.

Piano Laboratory Program Coordinator Profiled in News-Gazette

So Jung Kwak, coordinator of the School of Music's Piano Laboratory Program, was recently featured in the News-Gazette in an interview with Melissa Merli.