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IUP Tuba and Euphonium Studio Celebrates OcTUBAfest

Students and faculty in the IUP Department of Music Tuba and Euphonium Studio will be celebrating OcTUBAfest in the upcoming week.

Baldoria Performs Solo Piano Recital at IUP

Associate Professor of Piano at Bloomsburg University, Charisse Baldoria will be giving a solo piano recital on Monday, October 25, at 8:00 p.m. in Gorell Recital Hall. Admission is free.

Rom-com Opera @ IUP!

If you like Rom-com and beautiful tunes, come to see this one-act opera, Gianni Schicchi!

Community Jazz Jam

Laura Ferguson and the rhythm section of the IUP Jazz Ensemble host the Open Air Jazz Jam at Josie's every Thursday night starting at 8pm.

Ferguson Presents PMEA District 8 In-Service

Laura Ferguson provided in-service professional development for music teachers in PMEA District 8 on October 11, 2021.

Indiana Musicale Hosts Annual Dorothy Sutton Performance Festival

Indiana Musicale, the Indiana chapter of the Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association/MTNA hosted its annual Dorothy Sutton Performance Festival on the IUP campus, October 2, 2021.

Collins Works With Two Area Music Programs

Zach Collins worked with the band programs at Greater Latrobe and Gateway High Schools on October 1, 2021.

2021 Homecoming Music Activities

The Department of Music welcomes alumni back to campus for 2021 Homecoming with performances by the IUP Marching Band and Wind Ensemble.

Trustees Approve Naming Resolutions in Honor of Long-Time Music Faculty

Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Council of Trustees today approved naming spaces in IUP’s Cogswell Hall, home to the Department of Music, in honor of two long-time faculty members.

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. 

Dickinson Honored for 35 Years of Teaching

On Sunday, April 25th, 2021, Christian Dickinson, Professor of Trombone, was honored for his 35 years of teaching at IUP.

Members of IUP Brass Area Meet with Alumnus Composer O'Toole

On May 3, 2021, brass students from the IUP Department of Music met with composer Anthony O’Toole ’11, who was commissioned to write a new work for brass quintet. This work will be premiered by the department’s scholarship brass quintet as part of their fall 2021 recital.

Music Department Presents 21st Annual IUP Jazz Festival

The Department of Music of Indiana University of Pennsylvania will present the IUP Jazz Festival on Saturday, May 1, in Fisher Auditorium in the Performing Arts Center on the IUP campus. The Festival begins at 7:00 p.m. and is free and open to IUP faculty and students only, due to COVID-19 restrictions. The recital will also be live- streamed on YouTube.

Marching Band to Delay 100th Anniversary Celebration to 2022

For everyone to stay safe and healthy while enjoying an epic celebration, we have determined that delaying the celebration until fall 2022 will assure the chance for us to celebrate fully together as this monumental anniversary deserves. We look forward to planning and celebrating the Legend’s Centennial with you.

IUP TrumpetFest, April 23-24

TrumpetFest 2021 is scheduled for April 23 and 24, and will feature performances by IUP trumpet students and faculty. All events will be held in Gorell Recital Hall in Sutton Hall, and are free and open to members of the IUP campus only, due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Trumpet Ensemble to Present Spring 2021 Recital

The IUP Trumpet Ensemble will present its annual spring recital on Tuesday, April 20, in Gorell Recital Hall in Sutton Hall on the IUP campus. The program will begin at 8:00 pm and is free and open to members of the IUP campus and will also be live-streamed on the Music Department’s YouTube channel.

IUP Music Faculty and Friends Perform A Springtime Soirée March 26

IUP music faculty and friends bring their dynamic performance skills to a program of music both new and old, including violin sonatas by Beethoven and Grieg, a Handel cantata, plus an exciting new work for string trio.

Department of Music to Hold Cellobration Day, Now Accepting Applications

The IUP String Area is hosting an IUP Cellobration Day on Saturday, April 10, featuring Linda Jennings and Alexandra Dee in the morning and Cello Fury in the afternoon. Cellists in grades 6–12 are invited for a free day of music-making in Fisher Hall on the IUP campus.

Department of Music Hosts Middle School Honors Orchestra

The IUP Department of Music String Area hosted the IUP Middle School Honors Orchestra Festival on Saturday, March 20. The all day event was led by IUP Director of Orchestral Studies Alexandra Dee and IUP cello professor Linda Jennings.

IUP String Area Hosts High School Honors Orchestra Festival

The IUP Music Department's String Area hosted the IUP High School Honors Orchestra Festival on Saturday, February 13, 2021. Students from seven high schools spent the day rehearsing and then performed a live-streamed concert.

Wong Doe Presents Workshop for Steinway Society of Western Pennsylvania

Piano faculty member Henry Wong Doe’s online workshop, “Timing, Phrasing, Balance, and Pedalling: Refining Your Approach to the Piano,” focused on important aspects of piano playing. The attendees were around 40 students from private teachers in the greater Pittsburgh Area, members of the Steinway Society of Western Pennsylvania.