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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.



John Boyd MemorialIt is with great sadness that we announce the passing of former Director of Bands, John Boyd, on May 22. Dr. Boyd was Director of Bands, Professor of Music, and Coordinator of the Wind/Percussion Division for 21 years, retiring in 2010 professor emeritus. A full obituary may be found at DeBaun Funeral Homes.


Ben WaldenBen Walden, a music education major from Evansville, is one of six ISU graduating seniors are receiving the Hines Memorial Medal this spring semester for their excellent academic records. The Hines Memorial Medal goes to students who entered Indiana State as first-time college freshmen and are completing their bachelor’s degrees with the highest cumulative grade point average.

Ben plans to get a job as a music teacher in his hometown. “My time at Indiana State was rewarding and eye-opening for the opportunities I was offered and the achievements I was able to make,” he said. Read more at the ISU Newsroom


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 over the past few weeks. 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.


ISU Jazz FestivalThe ISU Sycamore Jazz Ensemble presented the 46th Annual Indiana State University Jazz Festival on Saturday, February 15. Our featured artist was Larry McKenna along with our all-star panel of adjudicators, clinicians, and guest performers! Known as one of Philly’s “Best Kept Secrets;” McKenna’s work includes recording with and writing for some of the biggest names in jazz such as Woody Herman, Clark Terry, Buddy DeFranco, Rosemary Clooney, Jimmy Heath, Warren Vaché, and Frank Sinatra.
For the feestival's schedule of events, check out the Jazz Festival Program


53rd Annual Contemporary Music FestivalThe 53rd Annual Contemporary Music Festival took place October 23–25, 2019. The theme for the festival was ETERNAL REFLECTIONS, featured works by composer Robert Paterson, and celebrated music in times of trial. Joining Robert was The Indianapolis Quartet as the featured guest ensemble and the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra as orchestra-in-residence. More information is available on the CMF webpages!




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