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alma mater Welcome to the School of Music at Indiana State University, a school with a long-standing tradition of excellence in the training of musicians for a variety of professional pursuits. Indiana State music graduates have distinguished themselves in a variety of ways. Many are outstanding teachers in public schools, colleges/universities and private studios while others have achieved recognition in such specialized areas as music business and performance. The music faculty, a community of scholars, performers and teachers, share an uncommonly strong commitment to their students in the school.




55th Annual Contemporary Music Festival The 55th Annual Contemporary Music Festival takes place from Wednesday evening, October 27, through Friday evening, October 29. Join us for wonderful music and conversation and meet our featured guest composer, Jake Runestad, as we celebrate the music of living composers. Other guests include the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, our orchestra composition contest winners, and our Music Now chamber music competition winners.


ISU Percussion View this joint performance by the Indiana State University and National Taitung University Percussion Ensembles of the premiere of “Beautiful Island” by Dr. Tsen-Ling Lin, conducted by Dr. Jimmy Finnie. The performance took place in Taitung City, Taiwan, and the piece was written in honor of the ISU Percussion Ensemble’s Summer 2019 performance and cultural tour in Taiwan and Thailand.


Dakota PedersonCongratulations to ISU Music Education student Dakota Pederson who won the Association of Concert Bands 2020-2021 Young Composers Composition Contest! Learn about Dakota and his winning piece "Ambush" in this video.


ISU Alma MaterWe are pleased to present this recent video collage of the ISU Alma Mater sung by students in the School of Music. We hope you enjoy this performance and we encourage you to sing along :-)


Yunjung LeeMeet ISU's Director of String Activities, Dr. Yunjung Lee, who has been with us since last fall and has been a wonderful addition to our faculty. She conducts the University Symphony Orchestra and teaches violin/viola and chamber music. Learn more about her in this short introductory video and check out the String Area page.


Colleen DavisCongratulations to ISU’s 2020 Supervisor of the Year, Dr. Colleen Davis. She also won for the state of Indiana and was a runner-up for the Midwest Association of Student Employment Administrators (MASEA) Region. Here is what Dr. Davis’ nominator said about her: “Dr. Davis’ professionalism and leadership are unquestionable. She adopts an ethical conduct and naturally assumes a leader position due to her acts and intelligence. She is often involved with other activities at the School of Music and I can notice her leadership outside the classroom too, with her faculty colleagues. Her attitudes, way of thinking, organizing and preparing make her a real leader.”


Viral-5 BrassCheck out one of the fun projects Dr. Brian Kilp has been involved in recently. This recording of the Tin Roof Blues is for Astraios Chamber Music and features Dr. Kilp along with musicians from universities in Texas and Arkansas.



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