Music Events

  • The Department of Music presents dozens of events each year. Of special note are those presented as part of our Sound Choices series and Music Theater.

    Performed by a variety of ensembles, including various inter-departmental collaborations, the concerts are produced by our faculty and highlight performances by our students, faculty, alumni, and special guests. 

    View the Events Calendar for all Lively Arts events.

    The Lively Arts is the umbrella for all performing and visual arts events presented by the College of Fine Arts.

    Fall 2020 Performance Update

    All IUP Department of Music events will be virtual for the fall 2020 semester. Members of the community are invited to watch a live-stream of this event on the Department of Music YouTube channel. Live audiences will be permitted at some events, but will only include IUP students, faculty and staff. Programs for live-streamed events may be downloaded on the concert programs page.


Thursday, February 25, 2021

Faculty Recital: Jason Worzbyt, Bassoon

YouTube Live Stream

The Lively Arts

IUP music faculty member Jason Worzbyt will perform a recital, “Solo Basson Music of the Americas.”  

Due to the ongoing pandemic, this recital will have no audience.

It will be live-streamed on the IUP Department of Music’s YouTube Channel.

Sunday, February 28, 2021

Award-winning fiddle superstars Mark and Maggie O'Connor join the combined forces of the IUP Symphony Orchestra and the Johnstown Symphony Youth Orchestra (Alexandra Dee and David Anderson, conductors). This all-American concert will feature Mark O'Connor performing his ground-breaking "Improvised Violin Concerto." O'Connor creates the solo part from scratch at every performance, so this is guaranteed to be a one-of-a-kind concert!

Thursday, March 4, 2021

IUP Symphony Orchestra

YouTube Live Stream

The Lively Arts

The IUP Symphony Orchestra will perform a selection of orchestral music spanning centuries and continents, including striking works by Black composers Florence Price and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, and Schubert’s enigmatic “Unfinished Symphony.”

This event will be streamed live with no public audience.

A limited, no-public audience of 25 IUP members will be allowed. No public will be permitted. 

Please visit the IUP Department of Music YouTube channel at this time to enjoy the live concert.

Friday, March 5, 2021

Saturday, March 6, 2021

Concert: IUP String 2021 Wind Ensemble

YouTube Live Stream: IUP Department of Music YouTube Channel

The Lively Arts

The Wind Ensemble wil be performing an evening of Chamber Winds  and Flex-Band music for this concert. Our music will have something fr everyone and be an aural representation of our human condition.

Our works will include: Fireworks Fanfare (Brass Only) by Kevin Day, Light (Chamber Winds) by Christopher Marshall, This Cruel Moon (Adaptable/"flex" scoring) by John Mackey and conducted by Casey Williams, Graduate Wind Conducting Student, Washington Grays March arranged for Flex-band by Claudio S. Grafulla and arranged and conducted by Luke Hamilton, Graduate Wind Conducting Student, Ash (Flex Band) by Jennifer Jolley arr. Patrick Dunnigan, and Dancing Fire (Flex Version) by Kevin Day/arr. Trentadue. The ensemble is led by Dr. Tim Paul, Director of Bands.

There will be no live audience. This vent will be streamed on the IUP Department of Music YouTube Channel.

Monday, March 8, 2021

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Conversations 4 Strings, Faculty Chamber Recital

YouTube Live Stream

The Lively Arts

A concert of chamber music for strings spanning over 200 years, including duets, trios, and a quartet. 

A live audience will be permitted of only the IUP community. Number of tickets available will be determined by current COVID guidelines. The event will also be live streamed on the Department of Music's YouTube Channel.

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

After a well-received and dynamic performance of Handel’s “Messiah” in 2018, the Lively Arts is delighted to invite the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra for a return visit to perform “I Sing America,” a patriotic salute highlighting the contribution of female composers. Designed to complement a gallery of women artists, this program from the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra Principal String Quartet showcases the melodic and energetic works of women composers, including famed suffragette Ethel Smyth, award-winning American composers Gabriela Lena Frank and Jessie Montgomery, as well as the evocative music of George Walker. The program concludes with a youthful quartet of Beethoven.