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  • Applications Open: Fall 2021 Women's Resource Center Internships

    The WRC is currently accepting applications for Advocacy, Programming, and Marketing & Communications interns. Links to applications are below. Please note that applications are only open to current UIUC students.

    Advocacy Intern Application: 
    Programming and Marketing & Communications Intern Application: 

    Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the positions are filled. Please let me know if you have any questions!

  • Robert E. Brown Center for World Music video premiere celebrates I Ketut Gede Asnawa & Family

    The Robert E. Brown Center for World Music celebrates I Ketut Gede Asnawa & family with a video premiere of new Balinese music and dance on Saturday, May 1, 2021. Ensembles featured in this program include the University of Illinois Balinese Gamelan Ensemble, Chicago Balinese Gamelan, Gamelan Genta Kasturi (Kansas City, MO) and Gamelan Tunas Mekar / Pak Yeh Trio (Denver, CO). The premiere will be available on the center’s YouTube page at 1pm, May 1. Please visit for more information.

    An award-winning composer and gamelan master, I Ketut Gede Asnawa has been a Visiting Professor of Musicology and director of the Balinese Gamelan ensemble at the University of Illinois since 2006. He received the prestigious Dharma Kusuma Art Award and Gold Medal in 2017 from the Governor of Bali in recognition of his lifelong dedication and contribution to Bali’s culture of arts, most notably in gamelan music. In 2013 Asnawa was acknowledged for his outstanding contribution in celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia, and his talent as a cutting-edge composer and innovator in Balinese music was recognized in Grove Music Online.

    Announcing his retirement after fourteen years of instruction at the University of Illinois, Asnawa has significantly enriched campus and community students, educators, musicians, and audiences with a dedicated focus on Balinese Performing Arts and Culture, along with an openness of bridging tradition with modern compositional techniques and cross-cultural collaboration. Throughout Asnawa’s instruction at the University of Illinois, the gamelan community benefited from the dedicated contributions in dance and performance from his wife Putu Oka Mardiani Asnawa, and daughters Niastarika Asnawa, Yonitika Asnawa and Yunirika Asnawa.

    The Robert E. Brown Center for World Music is tremendously grateful for the opportunity to support I Ketut Gede Asnawa during these many years of instructing the School of Music ensemble class and community gamelan. The center is pleased to present a video premiere of performances celebrating Asnawa’s broad reach of influence and support of Balinese Gamelan communities in the United States.

  • Illinois Extension offers paid summer internships in communication

    Greetings from Illinois Extension! Our team has recently confirmed funding to support three communications interns for this summer, with potential to extend into the academic school year. This is slated as part-time work, but there could be some flexibility for increased hours, if a candidate is interested.

    The three positions will be:

    Extension Communications Writing Intern - Position Description - Application Due Date: May 3, 2021
    Extension Communications Design Intern - Position Description - Application Due Date: May 3, 2021
    Extension Communications Video Intern - Position Description - Application Due Date: May 3, 2021

  • Writers Workshop End-of-Semester Events

    The Writers Workshop offers many services to help you finish the semester the "write" way! Reserve an appointment to receive feedback on your writing or attend one of our upcoming presentations to refine your writing skills. We also host writing groups and a week-long writing retreat in May to help graduate students make progress on long-term writing projects like theses, dissertations, and publications.

  • MPAL Player Piano Virtual Demo

    On Wednesday May 5, 2021 at 12 PM CDT – 1 PM CDT please join the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Music & Performing Arts Library for our second virtual demonstration featuring the Library’s Steinway Duo-Art reproducing piano and collection of piano rolls. See and hear the piano in action and learn more about the instrument and roll collection. The demonstration will last approximately 30 minutes and there will be additional time for questions.

    To register, please visit:  

    Some of the explanatory content will be the same/similar to the last presentation, but I will be picking some new rolls to play, so hopefully that will be worth tuning in again even if you caught the first one!

    Please direct questions about this event to For more information about the piano and the library’s collections, see:

    Thank you and we hope to “see” many of you there!


    Head, Music and Performing Arts LibraryAssociate Professor, University Library 

  • SOM and Counseling Center Offer Free Workshop - This Saturday!

    Want to learn some strategies for managing stressful times? Join us for a virtual workshop for School of Music students on Saturday, April 10th at 11 AM.

    The workshop is co-hosted by the School of Music and UIUC's Counseling Center. Learn more about the following topics:

    Mental health concerns and how to practice self-care during the pandemicLongterm effects of the pandemic on mental healthResources for students both on and off campusStrategies for managing career stress Strategies for managing a busy schedule and stress musicians frequently encounterInformation on the newly embedded FAA counselor

    There will also be time for your questions.

    Please join us if you're able!

    Time: Apr 10, 2021 11:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)

    Join Zoom Meeting

  • Music and Performing Arts Library Spring Newsletter

    The Spring MPAL newsletter is here! 

    • Player Piano Online
    • Broadsides Collection Online
    • Hymn Tune Index
    • Diversifying the Collection
    • Raven Chacon Prints
    • Reminder of Services During COVID-19
    • Returning Materials
    • Lost and Overdue Fines

  • Summer Plans? Musical America Posts Summer Festival Guide

    Check out the complete listings for summer 2021 for summer music festivals.


  • Congrats to Aubrie Powell, Research Live! 2021 Finalist

    Aubrie Powell, PhD student in Musicology, is one of twelve finalist from across campus in the Grad Gollege's annual Research Live! Competition. 

    Watch the special live event where Illinois graduate students share their remarkable research in three minutes or less.

    Following the live-stream of the video screenings, audience members will vote for their favorites, and our judges will award First ($300), Second ($200), Third ($150), and People's Choice ($100) winners.

    The Research Live! Finalist Showcase will be Monday, April 12, 5 - 6:15 PM CDT and broadcast at

  • STUDENTS: Opportunity to Participate in COVID-19 Vaccine Study

    The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is working with the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center and the NIH to understand COVID transmission. Participants in this research study will receive a COVID-19 vaccine, conduct daily nasal swabs, and submit monthly blood samples, between April and August. You may earn up to $997 upon completion of the study. Participation is voluntary. 

    Read Full Information

  • UI Student Film Festival Announces Call for Submissions for its 2021 Streaming Event

    The 7th Annual UIUC Student Film Festival – formerly known as Illinifest – is calling on all UIUC students and filmmakers for submissions of short films, video essays, multimedia content, and TikTok videos! This year, as last year, the festival program will stream digitally via the UIUC Student Film Festival website on Saturday May 1st at 5pm! To be featured in this year’s Streaming Event, submit your content by April 15th!


  • 2021 Summer Session is just around the corner!

    Summer Session begins on May 17, 2021, and runs through Aug. 5, 2021, with 4-, 8-, and 12-week courses available.

    Four- and 8-week courses may have different beginning and ending dates. View the Summer 2021 Academic Calendar

    Priority registration begins in conjunction with Fall 2021 registration on April 19, and open registration for all students begins on May 6.

    View the Summer 2021 Course List.

  • Attention All Students Giving Recitals

    If you are giving a public performance this semester, please make sure that it is included on the School of Music Calendar of Events, and that your listing is accurate and complete. 

    To get your event on the calendar, or to report new information (e.g., programming, assisting musicians and streaming links), use the Performance Event Submission Form.  

    Small corrections and updates may be emailed directly to


  • Sinfonia da Camera Presents: A Chamber Music Series!

    Sinfonia da Camera & UniPlace Christian Church Present: A Chamber Music Series

    Sinfonia da Camera Presents: A Chamber Music Series! This free event will be hosted at the University Place Christian Church on March 29, March 30, and April 1. Pre-registration is required.

  • COVID-19 Emergency Grants for Graduate Students

    Dear graduate students,

    The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign will soon launch a second COVID-19 emergency grant program for graduate students.

    The program is funded in large part by the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) II, which is part of the Federal Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA), 2021.

    These grants are dedicated to helping graduate students who demonstrate exceptional need. Grants can be used toward the cost of education and other emergency costs that have arisen due to the coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care) or child care. 

    Grants for graduate students will be available in amounts between $500 and $1,000.

    Degree-seeking students enrolled in any graduate program (including professional programs) at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign are eligible to apply, regardless of nationality or citizenship status. Students must be registered during the Spring 2021 semester to qualify.

    An application process for graduate students will be announced soon and will be available on The Graduate College website.


    Wojtek Chodzko-ZajkoDean, Graduate College

  • SENIORS: The Chancellor's Office Wants Your Input

    Graduating Seniors are invited to participate in the Chancellor’s Senior Survey.

    This survey goes to all graduating seniors as a way to better understand their experiences. The survey addresses the students’ participation in activities and services, student learning outcomes, campus climate, and satisfaction with the Illinois experience.

    Participating students will be entered into weekly raffles for a chance to win three different prizes. We’ll be giving away 15 professional headshots, 10 personalized congratulatory videos from Chancellor Jones, and 150 $10 Amazon gift cards.

  • I "heart" KCPA poster

    Campus Student Elections to be held March 23-24, 2021! Make your voice heard!

    Students are encouraged to vote for Student Trustees, ISG Student Body President and Vice President, ISG Student Senate, UC-Senate, SORF Board members, and on referendum questions, including reaffirmation of the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts student fee.

    How much is the KCPA Student Fee? $17.29 per semester per student ($8.65 per summer semester)

    Why does it exist? The KCPA Student Fee supports programming at Krannert Center and is part of what makes $10 U of I student tickets, as well as multiple free events, possible. Reaffirmation of the fee will help to ensure that Krannert Center, the Departments of Theatre and Dance, Lyric Theatre @ Illinois, and the School of Music can continue to provide outstanding programming for this campus in the future.

    Questions? Please visit for more information!

    Learn more about your candidates at one of the townhalls on March 16 and 18.

  • Students: Join a Campus Committee

    University of Illinois campus committees need YOUR voice!

    Being involved in a campus committee allows students an unparalleled opportunity to shape the Illinois experience, represent the student body, and have their ideas heard. Apply today to leave your mark!

    Check out the full list of campus committees and boards.

  • Call for Participation: Witnessing and Worlding Beyond the Human, May 28-29, 2021

    Are you interested in engaging more-than-human scholarship (e.g. plants, animals, vibrant matter) and its intersections with your field?

    We are excited to share this Call for Participation to an upcoming virtual event,Witnessing and Worlding Beyond the Human, May 28-29, 2021 (Times TBD), hosted by the Center for Advanced Studies at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

  • Introducing "Illinois Stories" a new blog written by and featuring the students of the School of Music

    What is it like to be a student at the University of Illinois School of Music?

    We are thrilled to present 'Illini Stories' - personal ponderings on the Illinois Music Experience. Students share their authentic and personal stories through bi-weekly blog posts. Read the exclusive 2021 Illini Stories blog here:

  • FAA Introduces New Embedded Counselor

    I wanted to let you all know that Bryan Deutsch, our new FAA Embedded Counselor, is now available to meet with students. 

    Faculty and staff can directly refer students to Bryan by encouraging them to reach out to him via email ( to schedule appointments. He will offer telehealth (online) services during regular office hours until the campus returns to in-person services.  After business hours, students should still be encouraged to contact the Crisis Line at 217-359-4141.

    Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

    Rebecca W. Spennetta, MS
    Undergraduate Academic Advisor
    School of Music, MB 2058

  • Conversations with Mark Morris and Guests, Hosted by Paula Zahn

    Join Emmy award-winning journalist Paula Zahn, acclaimed choreographer Mark Morris, and special guests Peter Sellars (March 4), Nico Muhly (March 11), and Alice Waters (March 18) for this free series of live conversations about the arts, music, and food. Register (free) at

  • Moms Weekend Awards & Scholarships and the Mom of the Year Award!

    We’re getting ready to celebrate Moms Weekend [virtual] + show off the best Illini Moms in our lives.Mom of the Year Award - Celebrate your amazing Illini Mom or Mom-figure by nominating her for the Moms Associations' Mom of the Year award! 🌹👑Student Opportunities: The Moms Association Scholarships are merit scholarships of $1,000 for students who positively contribute to the University of Illinois community. To learn more about eligibility and to apply go to

  • Krannert Art Museum - Call for performers for "Pandemics as a Portal to Change"

    Krannert Art Museum announces a campus and community focused collaboration titled Pandemics as a Portal to Change. If you are an artist (visual arts, writing, original music, and video/performance) who has considered the world on the other side of our current struggles, from climate change to racial justice and economic distress to the covid pandemic, consider applying to participate. 

    Partners in this project are the College of Fine and Applied Arts, Urbana Public Arts and Culture, Urbana Free Library, the Independent Media Center, and Museum of the Grand Prairie.

    You can see the call for art at

    Submission deadline, April 19. 

  • Annual Awards Competition for the Musicians Club of Women of Chicago

    The Musicians Club of Women of Chicago is pleased to announce its Annual Awards Competition for spring of 2021! This virtual competition is open to young women musicians aged 16-30 as of April 1, 2021, living or studying in IL, IN, MI, WI, MN, IA.

    The MCW annually awards over $50,000 in prize money to support promising young female musicians over three categories: voice, instrumental, and — new this year — composition. The deadline for submissions is April 1, 2021.


  • Carle Community Concerts

    Preparing for a competition or a recital? Want more performance practice and public speaking opportunities? Looking to give back to the community in a meaningful way? Carle Community Concerts are a weekly live- stream performance series exclusviely for Carle Hospital patients in the Champaign, IL area. All genres and ensemble combos welcome!

  • New Online Exhibit "America's Hawaiian Imaginations through Letritia Kandle and Eddie Alkire"

    The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music offers a new physical and online exhibit: “America’s Hawaiian Imaginations through Letritia Kandle and Eddie Alkire.” 

    Since most of the Center’s regular visitors will find it difficult to visit the Sousa Archives to see the physical exhibit, we created an engaging virtual version of this new show which we hope people will enjoy.

    America’s fascination with Hawaiian culture reached its peak during the Great Depression. The country needed a temporary escape from the Depression’s daily uncertainties, and its people eagerly embraced Hawaiian music for their imaginary travels to exotic places.

    Two of America’s leading performers, innovators, and educators of Hawaiian music in the 1930s and 40s were Letritia Kandle (1915-2010) and Eddie Alkire (1907-1981). This new exhibit examines the innovative teaching methods and new guitar technologies developed by Letritia Kandle and Eddie Alkire during the 1930s and 1940s.

  • Music and Performing Arts Library Collections and Services Over Winter Break and Preparing for Spring

    Requesting Materials from the Library and iShare

    Requesting materials from campus libraries through the catalog is unavailable from the evening of Wednesday, December 23, and does not come on again until Monday, January 4. I-Share requesting is unavailable from the evening of Friday, December 18, and does not come on again until Monday, January 11

    Research and Library Help

    Email and chat reference service will be available until Friday, December 18 and will resume on Monday, January 4. For more information about getting help from the Library, see

    Library Instruction

    MPAL continues to offer support for courses by providing both synchronous instruction sessions and asynchronous options such as online research guides and video tutorials. If you would like to discuss options for your Spring courses, please email Kate Lambaria at

    Material Purchase Requests and Course Materials

    Please contact us with any purchase requests (either via  or the form on our website). While we are unable to offer physical course reserves again in the Spring, please let us know via if you need materials digitized for use in your classes or would like us to purchase electronic versions of items (where possible).

  • Great Value Colleges Music Scholarship for Black Students

    Great Value Colleges has developed a $5,000 scholarship, which will be awarded bi-annually to a black graduate or undergraduate student majoring or minoring in music.

    The deadlines are July 30 and November 30.

    More Information 

  • Vienna Summer Music Festival - Orchestra Program 2021

    We are currently accepting applications for our 2021 season which will occur from June 1st - June 21st, 2021. More information can be found here:

  • US Army Band Offers Solo Competition

    The 2021 National Collegiate Solo Competition winner will be invited to spend a week in Washington, DC.

    APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, March 12, 2021


  • Old library catalog being retired and other changes

    With the arrival of the new library catalog, we will be retiring the old catalog interfaces (VUFind and Voyager) on October 30th. This means you will lose any saved favorites unless you re-save these items in the new catalog before then. Other changes are also happening on this date--read more to find out.

  • Social Media Post Requests for the School of Music

    For future social media promotion requests, this will be the streamlined flow of events for departments external to the school of music:

    The department needs to have the post on their own social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or whichever they want us to share to)Tag our handle (illinoismusic, here is our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter) The core posting team (mostly Ron, Angela and Joy Yang) will see the notification on our social media that we have been tagged. There will be no need for emails about post requests. We will then choose to repost or share their event to our social channels if it fits our calendar schedule of posts and brand guidelines.

    These are the departments that are not listed on our document here under Department Links and Info (e.g. Counselling Center is external). If I missed any that should be there, please let us know.

    For SoM faculty, staff and students:

    The sub department needs to have the post on their own social media channels (Facebook, Twitter or Instagram) if they have an account. Tag us (illinoismusic, here is our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter)The core posting team (mostly Ron, Angela and Joy) will see the notification on our social media that we have been tagged. There will be no need for emails about post requests. We will then choose to repost or share their event to our social channels if it fits our calendar schedule of posts and brand guidelines. If they do not have an account and want us to create the post, then their email needs to clearly a paragraph with this layout:

    Date, time and location.
    A catchy description.
    The text needs to be less than 280 characters/letters for Twitter and 2000 for Facebook and Instagram.

    Attach at least one clear, quality image or short video that is engaging.

    *For example, if a faculty member wants us to share a news article, they need to send us a screenshot of the most salient part of the article or an engaging image, a link and a short written text blurb about why we should read it.

    We have set up Box folders, and we may start using them in the future so faculty can upload their desired media into them for posting and a separate document for their captions.

    Thank you very much!

    Joy Yang
    Music Admissions Graduate Assistant 

  • CITL Offers Resources for Students Transitioning to Online Learning

    The Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning, along with experts across campus, developed a student resources page that provides tools and strategies for students to be successful in their online or blended courses this semester. Students also have access to an electronic copy of Teach Yourself How to Learn, an easy-to-read text that teaches you how to take charge of your learning. 

  • Undergraduates: McNelley Music Scholarship Applications Open

    Offered by the Iowa State Chapter of P.E.O., this scholarship opportunity is open to female students majoring in music at any Big Ten school. Must be sophomore or higher standing. Deadline is March 1, 2021 for fall 2021 award. 

    View Application Materials

  • Illinois Remote Website offers Resources for Teaching, Learning, Working and Researching