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  • 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