Department of Music

Undergraduate Programs

Whether you want to become a music educator, performer, composer, musicologist, or critic, at IUP you will be exposed to a range of instruments, music styles, and career options.

Music Education, BSEd

Music, BA

Music Performance, BFA

Music Minor

Popular Music Studies Certificate

(A bachelor's degree in musical theater is offered through the Theater Department, which has open auditions for the musical.)

Graduate Programs

Whether your goal is to achieve your level II certification as a music teacher or heighten your musicianship for a career as a professional musician, IUP has the resources to bring your passion for music to its highest level.

Music Education, MA

Music Performance, MA

IUP Music Major Auditions

Register now for your IUP music audition!

In-person and live, Zoom auditions will be offered on these dates for fall 2022 entrance:

Monday, December 6, 2021
Saturday, January 29, 2022
Monday, February 28, 2022
Monday, March 7, 2022
Monday, March 28, 2022
Monday, April 11, 2022

All information about auditioning for the IUP Department of Music can be found on our Music Auditions page.

All music majors are eligible for scholarships, which are determined based on your audition.

If you have any questions regarding scheduling an audition, please contact the department at 724-357-2397 or email Dawnette Shellhammer (

Music Ensembles

Our ensembles are available to any student, regardless of major. Any IUP student who has reached 15 credits of classes may participate in additional ensembles for zero credit, so you can be part of the IUP music scene without having to pay additional tuition.

I'm interested in joining an IUP music ensemble!

All-Steinway School - Steinway and Sons Indiana University of Pennsylvania is an All-Steinway School and is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.


Legacy Brass Named for Fall 2021

The IUP Department of Music is proud to announce the new members of Legacy Brass Quintet for fall 2021: Austin Widmann (trumpet), Justin Bianconi (trumpet), Anna Zurawski (horn), David Earnest (trombone), and Kayla Holsopple (tuba).

Saylor Named Interim Marching Band Director

Indiana University of Pennsylvania is pleased to announce the appointment of Nevin Saylor as interim director of the IUP Marching Band.

String Project Accepting Applications for Fall 2021 Semester 

The IUP String Project, a community music education outreach program for children ages five to 18 in Indiana and the surrounding area, is now accepting applications for private lesson instruction on violin, viola, cello, and bass.  Applications are due on September 1.

Opera/Music Theater Fall Production Audition Information

Announcing audition information for the IUP Opera/Music Theater fall production

Collins Receives Recording Award

IUP Department of Music faculty member, Zach Collins, was given the Roger Bobo Award for Excellence in Recording for his album, "Chronicle," at the 2021 Virtual Tuba Euphonium Conference in June.