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Summer Band Concert in the Oak Grove

The 75-piece University Band of the IUP Community Music School and IUP Music Department will present a free concert in the Grove on the Fisher Auditorium outdoor patio at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 16. The program will feature marches, patriotic music, and other outdoor band favorites. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the music of a full band concert outdoors!

IUP Community Music School Summer Semester

The IUP Community Music School summer session is in full swing with over 60 students taking private lessons, and with a planned summer band concert in the Grove during July. There is still plenty of time to participate in both lessons and to dust off your instrument and play in the band!

University Band Debut Performance

The newest music ensemble at IUP, University Band, will present their debut performance as part of a combined concert with the IUP Music Department's Symphony Band at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 28, in Fisher Auditorium. The University Band combines the resources of the IUP Music Department and IUP Community Music School into a unique combination of non-music major IUP students, IUP music majors on their secondary instruments, and community members.

IUP Community Music School End-of-Year Recitals

The IUP Community Music School will be presenting three recitals as the semester begins to draw to a close—one by IUPCMS flute instructor Cynthia Hayhurst and two by nearly 35 current students taking private lessons in the IUPCMS.

Department of Music Presents Two Recitals Following Residency of Acclaimed Opera Conductor

Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s voice, choral, and piano faculty will join forces to showcase their talent with two free evenings of music—operatic music on April 1 and art songs on April 2. Both performances begin at 8:00 p.m. and take place in Gorell Recital Hall, located on the second floor of Sutton Hall.

March Instructor Recital - IUP Community Music School

Teryl Austin Rice, a Teaching Apprentice in the IUP Community Music School who recently returned from a semester abroad in Croatia, will present his senior piano recital on Saturday, March 5, at 7:00 p.m. in Gorell Recital Hall, Sutton Hall, IUP main campus.

“Carousel,” Presented by Theater-by-the-Grove and Music Theatre

IUP’s Theater-by-the-Grove and Music Theater join forces to present Rodgers & Hammerstein’s beloved Broadway musical “Carousel.”

Spectacular “A Journey to the Land of Sweets” to Kick Off Holiday Season

IUP's Dance Theater joins forces with Mahoning Valley Ballet to present highlights from “The Nutcracker”—perfect for families with young children.

Theater-by-the-Grove Opens Fall 2021 with Premiere of Comedy

IUP's Theater-by-the-Grove will premiere a new play by Pittsburgh-based playwright, T.J. Young.

Theater-by-the-Grove and Music Theater Present Virtual Musical

IUP’s Theater-by-the-Grove and Music Theater will present the musical Ordinary Days. Directed by Rob Gretta and music directed by Oliver Lo, the recorded performances will be streamed virtually on April 22–25, 2021.

University Museum at IUP Returns to Artists Hand Gallery in April

The University Museum will present an exhibition at the Artists Hand Gallery in downtown Indiana beginning April 6 with art works from the museum’s collection which will be for sale.

Art and Design Faculty Featured in University Museum Triennial 2021

The University Museum at IUP presents the IUP Art and Design Faculty Triennial 2021, scheduled to open Friday, April 2. This exhibition will also feature a project by the Sculpture Support System, a collaborative effort of faculty members Sharon Massey and Sean Derry and students studying three-dimensional art.

An Evening of Dance and Percussion Takes the Stage for One Final Performance

Collaborating one final time, the IUP Dance Theater Company and the IUP Percussion Ensemble will present “An Evening of Dance and Percussion: Legacy,” under the direction of Holly Boda-Sutton and Michael Kingan, on March 27 online and in Fisher Auditorium, located in the Performing Arts Center.

Theater-by-the-Grove Offers Virtual Performances for Spring 2021

IUP’s Theater-by-the-Grove will continue its 2020–21 season with four virtual presentations of Topher Payne’s 2013 play Perfect Arrangement on March 5, 7, 11, and 13, including a Sunday matinee. Tickets will be available for purchase for live-streaming only. 

University Museum Presents “Ned Wert: A Retrospective”

The University Museum at Indiana University of Pennsylvania is proud to present an exhibition featuring paintings by IUP professor emeritus, Ned Wert. This exhibition represents an outstanding 60-plus-year career as an artist, mentor, and educator.

IUP Dance Theater Opens Season with “Phantasmagoria of Edgar Allan Poe”

Using some of Poe’s poems and short stories with original composition from David Martynuik, IUP Dance Theater, under the direction and choreography of Holly Boda-Sutton, explores the still unexplained life and death of one of America’s most singular writers. The free performance will be live-streamed on Friday, November 13, and Sunday, November 15.

Theater-by-the-Grove Opens Season with Live-Streaming Performances

IUP’s Theater-by-the-Grove will kick off its 2020–21 season with two live-streaming presentations of William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. Directed by Richard Kemp, the production will be presented on October 22 and 24 at 7:30 p.m.

IUP Museum Presents Exhibit from Permanent Collection

The University Museum at IUP is proud to present an exhibition featuring paintings and sculpture from its permanent collection.

Community Music School Open For Fall

The IUP Community Music School has opened for the fall 2020 semester for in-person lessons, as well as continuing to offer a quality online lesson experience. Registration for lessons is ongoing throughout the semester.

Community Music School Online for Summer Semester

The IUP Community Music School is accepting applications for private, online lesson instruction. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis through July 10. Get more information, and register online.

Lively Arts and College of Fine Arts Announce Cancellation of Remaining Season

Due to concerns regarding the rapid spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), all remaining productions for the IUP Lively Arts Ovations Season and College of Fine Arts performances/events are canceled for this season, along with the remaining exhibitions and events for IUP’s University Museum and Kipp Gallery.

Lively Arts Announces Cancellation of “Finding Neverland” Due to Coronavirus Concerns

Due to the concerns regarding the rapid spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), guidance from both federal and state governments, and policy announced yesterday for IUP regarding the suspension of group activities to limit the spread of the virus, the upcoming production of Finding Neverland at IUP on Thursday, March 19, is now canceled.

IUP Dance Theatre Spins a Spooky Tale with “Hocus Pocus”

The IUP Dance Theater will present It’s Just a Bunch of Hocus Pocus, an original adaptation of Hocus Pocus. Co-choreographed and directed by Katie Gutmann and Holly Boda-Sutton, this wickedly funny production will be performed on March 27–29 in the Zink Hall Dance Auditorium on the IUP campus.

Hilton Garden Inn Teams with Lively Arts to Present Broadway Favorite

Hilton Garden Inn will be the presenting sponsor as the Lively Arts brings the Broadway tour of Finding Neverland to Fisher Auditorium of the IUP Performing Arts Center. The winner of’s Audience Choice Award for Best Musical will be presented on the new date of Thursday, March 19, 2020.

IUP's Music Theater Presents Sci-Fi Twist on Classic Opera “Don Giovanni”

IUP’s Music Theater will present the opera Don Giovanni (Don Juan), sung in English, with music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte. This fully-staged version with a sci-fi twist will take place February 27–29 and March 1 in the IUP Performing Arts Center, featuring the IUP Opera Festival Orchestra.