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  • 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

  • New SOM Merch! Support our NAfME Student Chapter

    The UI Student Chapter of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) is selling School of Music gear. The virtual store is open now through April 19, 2021.


  • 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. 

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  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

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