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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.




Awards Ceremony 2022School of Music Awards Ceremony 2022
On April 22 the School of Music presented awards to numerous students throughout the program. These awards included scholarship awards, graduation awards, academic awards, and performance awards. Students receiving the top awards are voted on by the School of Music faculty. Photos of the ceremony are available through our Google Photos site and we would like to offer our sincere congratulations to all students awarded on this very special day!


Dr. Mitchell Retirement ReceptionRetirement Reception for Dr. Mitchell
After many years of faithful service to Indiana State University, Dr. Randall (Randy) Mitchell is retiring at the end of this school year. Please join us for a Retirement Reception on Saturday, April 23, 2022 at 6:00 pm at the Terre Haute Brewing Company, 401 S 9th St, Terre Haute, IN 47807. The reception will feature an Alumni Trombone Choir Concert. Anyone interested in performing in the trombone choir should Facebook friend request Misty Grubbs for music and a rehearsal schedule.


Upcoming ConcertsJoin us for upcoming School of Music Concerts! A list of events is available on the School of Music Events Calendar and all concerts are free and open to the public. Many events will be streamed live on the ISU School of Music YouTube channel and will become available as each event approaches. For more information, contact the ISU School of Music at 812-237-2771.


CMF 2022 AnnouncementThe Contemporary Music Festival Committee is pleased to announce plans for the 56th Annual Contemporary Music Festival, scheduled for October 26-28, 2022. The guests for the festival will include principal guest composer Stacy Garrop, guest artists Joe Lulloff, saxophone, and Yu-Lien The, piano, and the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra as the orchestra-in-residence. Festival activities include national orchestra and chamber music composition contests as well as a performance competition for School of Music students. Full information regarding the festival, guests, and competitions are now available on the CMF website.


School of Music President's ConcertCongratulations to the thirteen musicians chosen from Indiana State University’s School of Music to present the President’s Concert on Sunday, February 27. This year’s concert featured a wide variety of music from classical through contemporary eras by composers such as Beethoven, Bach, Mozart, Schumann, Glazunov, and Richard Rodgers and the students selected included Morgan Adams, Josh Billik, Nikelle Carlson, Emma Donnahoe, Jacob Engel, Lily Kostraba, Chase Monroe, Logan Muñoz, Tyler Smith, Kaitlyn Stone, Morgen Tillema, Lily Voelz, and Jordan Witt.


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.


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 :-)


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.


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.”



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