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.


Music Faculty Member Performs at Three High Schools

Department of Music faculty member, Zach Collins, has worked with Blairsville, North Hills, and Shaler High School music programs in October and November 2021. 

Department of Music Announces Winners of Concerto Competition 

From a field of 12 competitors, three students were selected as winners in the return of the Department of Music’s Concerto Competition: David Earnest, trombone; Kayla Holsopple, tuba; and Austin Widmann, trumpet.

IUP Jazz Band and Jazz Ensemble to Present Fall Concert

The IUP Jazz Band and Jazz Ensemble will present their annual Fall jazz concert on Tuesday, November 16. The performance will be held in Fisher Auditorium in the Performing Arts Center on the IUP campus, and will begin at 8:00 p.m. Both ensembles are led by Kevin Eisensmith.

Quah Performs Solo Piano Recital at IUP

Assistant professor of piano at Penn State University, Melody Quah, will give a solo piano recital on Tuesday, November 16, 2021 at 8:00 p.m. in Gorell Recital Hall (second floor of Sutton Hall). Admission is free.

Music Faculty Complete Trio Tour

IUP Department of Music faculty Heidi Lucas and Zach Collins toured Delaware and Eastern Pennsylvania with Eastern Standard November 1-5, 2021.