group of four students performing on stageUndergraduate 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. If the performing arts are your passion, IUP will prepare you to make it, design it, write it, respond to it, and use it to change the world. 

Music Education, BSEd

Music, BA

Music Performance, BFA

Musical Theatre Track/Theatre, BA

Theatre, BA with Concentrations in Performance, Design/Tech/Management, or Theory/Criticism


Dance Minor

Music Minor

Theatre Minor


Applied Theatre and Performance Certificate

Popular Music Studies Certificate

female student playing violinGraduate 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!

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 (

IUP Theatre Applicants

If you are accepted to IUP, you may declare a major in theatre without an audition. The Musical Theatre Track requires more specialized skills for success, so an audition is required either before attending or during your first year. Auditions and portfolio reviews are also required to be eligible for a Freshman Talent Scholarship.

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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!

Theatre Ensembles


Theater-by-the-Grove presents several productions each year, including a coproduction with Music Theatre of a major musical.

Dance Theatre

IUP Dance Theatre presents two major concert programs annually.

Footlight Players

Footlight Players is a youth theatre program offering a month-long summer program for ages 7–17 led by professional teaching artists and assisted by IUP student interns.

Simulation Performance and Applied Theatre Ensemble

SPATE is an ensemble engaged with the emerging field of simulation and community-building applied theatre methods. 

The Acorn Project

The Acorn Project is an incubator for student actors, designers, technicians, playwrights, and directors who wish to create their own performance projects in an 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.

Indiana University of Pennsylvania has been accredited by the National Association of Schools of Theater (NAST). since 1995.


Collins Releases Album of Hymn Arrangements with QuinTuba

Zach Collins, professor of tuba and euphonium at IUP, released an album of hymn arrangements for five-part tuba ensemble on Summit Records, titled "Firm Foundation."

Music of Jim Self Recorded by River City Brass Band

The renowned River City Brass Band of Pittsburgh, the only full-time professional brass ensemble in the United States, recently released an album featuring the music of 1965 IUP alumnus, Jim Self.

Four Music Alumni Release New Quartet Album

IUP music alumni, George Alberti '11, Mike Waddell '12, Zack Grass '14, and Logan Carnes '19, released album Keystone Kitchen, an album of new works for tuba-euphonium quartet, in June 2024.

Rosemary Engelstad Selected for Artist Residency

This past May, Rosemary Engelstad was an artist-in-residence at the Avaloch Farm Music Institute in Boscawen, NH. During her residency, she collaborated with Slippery Rock clarinet professor, Amanda Morrison, on their new project, the Grant Avenue EFX Clarinet Duo.

Summer Music Camp 2024 the Biggest Yet!

This summer, the IUP Music Department hosted 118 campers for the third annual Summer Music Camp.