School of Music Open House

Virtual Open House

The Virtual Open House is an excellent chance for prospective undergraduate and graduate students to engage with our faculty. Students can attend as many sessions as they choose. 

REGISTER NOW for access to select past presentations!

October 19

Musicianship I
Time: 10:00 am
Faculty: Professor Steve Taylor
Description: Observe a current U of IL course in action! Beginning aural skills training in the areas of intervals, scales, chords, rhythm, melody, and harmony.​

Oboe Audition and Interview Tips
Time: 3:00 pm
Faculty: Professor John Dee
Description: Tips and advice on preparing a successful audition.

Virtual Tour of the Experimental Music Labs
Time: 5:00 pm
Faculty: Dr. Eli Fieldsteel
Description: A virtual tour of the University of Illinois Experimental Music Studios with Director and Assistant Professor of Composition-Theory, Eli Fieldsteel. EMS comprises six state-of-the-art music technology facilities for audio recording/engineering, music production, and electro-acoustic music composition, with a variety of hardware, software, and multichannel speaker configurations.

October 20

Careers in Collaborative Piano
Time: 2:00 pm
Faculty: Dr. Casey Robards
Description: Collaborative Pianists often pursue careers that utilize a wide variety of skills and musical styles including musical theater, opera, vocal coaching, conducting, choirs, orchestras, dance, religious/liturgical work, early music, and more. This session will introduce the kinds of jobs available for collaborative pianists and survey what types of musical and personal skills are necessary to pursue these careers.

Tuba/Euphonium Musicianship Presentation
Time: 3:00pm
Faculty: Professor Scott Tegge
Description: Learn tips about how you can become the best musician you can be and how to set and achieve your goals! 

Application and Audition Information - Undergraduates
Time: 4:00pm
Faculty: Dr. Angela Tammen
Description: Come to learn more about the School of Music and how to navigate the application and audition process for undergraduate prospects. Get an overview of the music curricula and what is included in a typical courseload. 

October 21

Musicianship I
Time: 10:00 am
Faculty: Professor Steve Taylor
Description: Observe a current U of IL course in action! Beginning aural skills training in the areas of intervals, scales, chords, rhythm, melody, and harmony.​

Purcell to P!nk: Vocal Exercises for superstar vocal health and flexibility
Time: 2:00 pm
Faculty: Professor Sarah Wigley
Description: Find optimal vocal versatility through styles ranging from Purcell to P!nk and everything in between! Your voice is ready to be explored through healthy and safe exercises ensuring optimal ease, creativity, and fun.

Organ Study for Majors and Minors
Time: 3:00 pm
Faculty: Professor Dana Robinson
Description: Question and Answer session for those interested in organ lessons and practice.

Harp Masterclass
Time: 5:30 pm
Faculty: Professor Ann Yeung.
Description: Get harp tips from renowned harp professor Ann Yeung and find out more about the Illinois Harp Studio. Please register early if you would like to be considered to perform in the master class.

October 22

Percussion Symposium​
Time: 10:00 am
Faculty: Professors William Moersch and Ricardo Flores
Description: Professors William Moersch and Ricardo Flores demonstrate snare drum, marimba, timpani, drum set, and sight reading, with a focus on audition and interview tips. 

String Area Q&A​
Time: 3:30 pm
Faculty: Professors Wayne Lee, Daniel McDonough, and Ann Yeung
Description: An overview of all things string-related at the School of Music. Get answers to all your questions from studio lessons, orchestra, and chamber music.

Women's Glee Club Rehearsal
Time: 4:00 pm
Faculty: Professor Andrea Solya
Description: Observe a Women's Glee Club rehearsal in action!

October 23

Expanding Musicianship​
Time: 2:00 pm
Faculty: Professor Elliot Chasanov, trombone
Description: Discussion of phrasing intonation, technique, and ways to improve your performance. 

Piano Studio Class
Time: 2:00 pm
Faculty: Professor Timothy Ehlen, piano
Description: Join Dr. Timothy Ehlen, the Chair of the Keyboard Area’s piano studio class. Previous masterclasses are also available for viewing; click here to access.

Warm-up and Masterclass​
Time: 3:00 pm
Faculty: Professor Bernhard Scully, horn
Description: Work on breathing, good sound production, and focus on all the fundamental aspects of playing. Play and get coached by Professor Scully.

ILMEA Oboe Audition Preparation Help
Time: 3:00 pm
Faculty: Professor John Dee
Description: Working on Illinois All-state etudes? Get help preparing for your audition from Professor of Oboe, John Dee.

Voice Masterclass and Interview Tips​
Time: 3:30 pm
Faculty: Professors Yvonne Redman and Dawn Harris
Description: Please join Voice Faculty members Dawn Harris and Yvonne Redman for a fun and informative Master Class. You are invited to perform an art song, aria or classical musical theater piece with a prerecorded accompaniment track or join them for specific questions you might have regarding the vocal programs at The University of Illinois School of Music. Professors Harris and Redman will offer vocal, stylistic and dramatic tips to help make your audition a SUCCESS.

Saxophone Masterclass​ and Q & A
Time: 4:00 pm
Faculty: Professor Debra Richtmeyer
Description: Three selected saxophonists will participate in the masterclass. Music admissions will contact Open House registrants to select those who will play. Please register early if you would like to be considered to perform. Learn more about the saxophone studio and get your questions answered!

October 24

Oboe Reed Making Q & A
Time: 11:00 am
Faculty: Professor John Dee
Description: Tips and help on constructing oboe reeds.

October 25

Workshop on J.S. Bach's Suites for Keyboard
Time: 11:00 am
Faculty: Professor Charlotte Moersch
Description: This workshop will offer tips for graduate-level pianists and harpsichordists on how to approach Bach’s suites and partitas.​

October 26

Musicianship I
Time: 10:00 am
Faculty: Professor Steve Taylor
Description: Observe a current U of IL course in action! Beginning aural skills training in the areas of intervals, scales, chords, rhythm, melody, and harmony.​

Flute Masterclass
Time: 3:00 pm
Faculty: Professor Jonathan Keeble
Description: Get flute tips from renowned flute professor Jonathan Keeble. Four registrants will be selected ahead of time to perform. Music Admissions will contact registrants to select performers. Please register early if you would like to be considered to perform.

October 27

So You Want to be a Music Teacher
Time: 2:00 pm
Faculty: Dr. Bridget Sweet and Dr. Jeananne Nichols
Description: Facilitated discussion with Jeananne Nichols and Bridget Sweet about the process of becoming a music educator. Topics will include applying to the UI music music education program, the teachers education curriculum, student teaching, and an overview of music teaching in K-12 schooling.

Music Technology for Strings
Date/Time: 2:00 pm
Faculty: Professor Rudolf Haken
Description: In this session we'll explore exciting ways to integrate music technology into your performances, recordings, rehearsals, and publicity materials: electric string instruments, music videos, and remote digital collaboration.

Application and Financial Aid Information - Graduates
Time: 4:00 pm
Faculty: Dr. Angela Tammen
Description: Learn all about the application process for graduate prospects and what funding options are available.

October 28

Musicianship I
Time: 10:00 am
Faculty: Professor Steve Taylor
Description: Observe a current U of IL course in action! Beginning aural skills training in the areas of intervals, scales, chords, rhythm, melody, and harmony.​

ILMEA Viola Audition Tips
Date/Time: 2:00 pm
Faculty: Professor Rudolf Haken
Description:  In this session we'll work on careful preparation of ILMEA excerpts, as well as all aspects of live and pre-recorded auditions.

Jazz Area Q & A
Date/Time: 3:00 pm
Faculty: Members of the Jazz faculty
Description: Come with any questions you have about the jazz area. Topics to include ensembles, curriculum, jazz performance venues, career opporutunities and more!

So you want to be a Music Director?
Time: 5:00 pm
Faculty: Professors Michael Tilley and Julie Gunn
Description: Chat with faculty about the music field and career preparation.

October 29

Financial Aid Options
Time: 12:00 pm
Faculty: Dr Angela Tammen and Noel Castro, Office of Student Financial Aid
Description: Learn all about ways to finance your education! 

Building Your Range and Endurance on Trombone​
Time: 2:00 pm
Faculty: Professor Elliot Chasanov
Description: An exploration of tools and exercises aimed at building embouchure health, range and endurance.​

Careers in Singing
Time: 5:30 pm
Faculty: Professor Nathan Gunn
Description: Chat with faculty about the music field and career preparation.

October 30

Musicology Open House
Time: 12:00 pm
Faculty: Professors Christina Bashford, Jeff Magee, Michael Silvers, Makoto Takao, Carlos Ramirez, Donna Buchanan, Gabriel Solis, Jeffrey Sposato
Description: An opportunity to visit with Musicology Faculty and Students to find out more about the PhD, MM, and undergraduate degree programs.

All things BAND!
Time: 2pm
Faculty: Professors Steve Peterson and Barry Houser
Description: Question and Answer session with Director of Bands Steve Peterson, and Marching Illini Director, Barry Houser. Come with any questions you might have about auditions, ensembles, and more!

Musicianship Presentation
Time: 3:00 pm
Faculty: Professor Bernhard Scully
Description: Learn tips about how you can become the best musician you can be and how to set and achieve your goals! 

How to write for stage and song: LTI Creative Workshop
Time: 3:00 pm
Faculty: Professors Julie Gunn and Carlos Carrillo. Assisted by Michael McAndrew
Description: Would you like to be a music creator, composer, arranger, producer? Come to chat with Lyric Theatre professor, Julie Gunn  about the creative process.

TBD

The sessions below are still being finalized, check back later for date and time information!

Bassoon Masterclass - canceled
Time: TBD
Faculty: Professor Tim McGovern
Description: Learn tips about how you can become the best musician you can be and how to set and achieve your goals! 

Anytime

We are currently working on uploading examples of past lectures and lessons to our Youtube channel. Stay tuned!