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Midwest International Piano Competition

The School of Music will host the Midwest International Piano Competition. Join us for the inaugural celebration of this new, biennial, global piano competition. The event is open to outstanding youth and professional performing pianists and audience enthusiasts.

The finals concert for the junior category will begin at 2 p.m. Friday, June 6. The finals concert and receptions for the senior category will begin at 5 p.m. Saturday, June 7. Tickets for both finals concerts are available by calling 319-273-4TIX or visiting and selecting "Buy Tickets" under the School of Music heading. 

Preparation, Performance, Reflection: The National Flute Association 41st Annual Convention

Thirteen UNI music students traveled to New Orleans in August to represent "Floyd's Flutastic Flutes" at the National Flute Association Convention. Returning members of the UNI flute studio will present a panel to share their experiences from concerts, masterclasses, lectures and exhibits at the convention. Students were sponsered by the Intercollegiate Academics Travel Fund.

Panther Marching Band Clinic



Led by UNI Graduate students and Alumni, participants will learn marching drills, commands, conducting techniques, and salutes. Students are encouraged to bring scores and a CD recording of their program's halftime routine to work on conducting patterns with UNI camp staff.


Available for beginning and intermediate colorguard members with instruction by UNI's Colorguard Coach, Amy Hunzelman, the day will consist of spinning basics, tosses, marching, and movement.

Ages: High School

Cost: $80

String Camp

It is encouraged that campers live in residence halls on campus and eat their meals at the college dining center. Committed and attentive UNI music education students will guide campers as counselors supervising the halls and leading campers through daily activities. Day campers will be expected to be on campus for all scheduled activities (usually from 8:30 a.m.-8 p.m. each day)

Campers work alongside a diverse string faculty who teach and perform around North America. Focus is given to various areas of string playing each day through guided listening and musicianship seminars.

Private lessons are encouraged for all campers. Participants are encouraged to choose one hour of private lessons (broken into two 30-minute lessons during the week) at an additional cost of $40. Campers taking private lessons should bring a piece of music they have been working on.

All campers must bring their own instrument to camp.

Open to all string players in grades 6- 8 who have at completed at least one full year of study on their instrument, each day will be focused on improving basic string technique and understanding how to make music together through individual/group lessons, enrichment classes, and string ensemble.

The camp will culminate with a performance for all campers in the Great Hall of the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. on July 13th. The performance is free and open to the public. All campers must participate in the final concert. DVDs of the concert will be available for purchase following the concert.

 Final performance is in the Great Hall of the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. on July 13

Ages: 6th- 8th grade (minimum of one year of instrument study required)

Cost: $275 resident campers (early registration); $295 resident campers (late registration); $175 day campers (early registration); $195 day campers (late registration)

Jazz Combo Camp

Jazz Camp Curriculum

  • Combo Rehearsals: Rehearse with your combo twice a day.
  • Instrumental Master Classes: Group instructions on your instrument, provided by a working professional.
  • Theory and Improvisation (taught in three levels):
    • Level I: Focus on key signatures, scales and chord spelling
    • Level II: Concentrate on chord extensions, harmonic analysis and basic chord substitution
    • Level III: Tailored to meet the needs of advanced students enrolled (small section)
  • Ear Training and Transcription: Activities such as interval and chord identification, transcription and guided listening
  • Faculty and Student Concerts
  • Jam Sessions
  • Recreational Activities and much more!

Ages: High school students, those going into 10th grade and above

Cost: Resident Camper - $500 if postmarked by May 1; $535 after May 1

Camp Musicmania

UNI CMS Camp Musicmania is a multifaceted music and arts camp whose primary purpose is to provide fun and innovative activities that will engage campers in the excitement of exploring singing, dancing, drumming, Orff activities, drama, art, and the Camp Musical Theme "BONES" ! Although the theme of the camp will be "Bones", the production and performance of the actual Musical will be for the older age division (4th-9th grades). The younger age division (K-3rd) will enjoy age appropriate activities that incorporate the same theme... but will have their own parent performance to showcase their talents and share their camp activities. The two separate Age Division performances will be given on Friday. Instructors include UNI Faculty, UNI music, drama, and art education majors, and area music, drama, and art educators. Limited Scholarship monies are available. Early registration is strongly recommended. Registration Deadline: June 1, 2013

Time: Grades K & 3rd: 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Grades 4th - 9th: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Ages: Kindergarten-9th grade (Fall 2013)

Cost: K-3 $75. 4-9 $95. Cost includes Camp T-shirt and snacks.

Opera Gala

The sights and sounds of some of opera’s greatest hits and perennial favorites will come to life in the Great Hall of the Gallagher-Bluedorn.  UNI Opera (Sandra Walden, director) will join forces with the Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Rebecca Burkhardt, to perform a variety of opera and operetta favorites. Opera is filled with moments of great drama, uproarious comedy, unrequited love, and the occasional happy ending, and this evening of opera will offer a taste of each! Hum along with your favorite arias, tap your foot to a lively chorus, and join us for a festive evening to remember. Following in the tradition of UNI Opera’s performances of Die Fledermaus (2011) and Die Zauberflöte (2012), Gallagher-Bluedorn will once more be filled with the sounds of opera!

UNI Jazz Camp Concert

The UNI Jazz Combo Camp musicians will offer a pre-Sturgis Falls/Cedar Basin Jazz Festival concert. The week long UNI Jazz Combo camp is an intensive exploration of small group jazz playing and improvisation. The concert caps off a week of rehearsing and showcases the high school students’ musical talents.  The free concert is hosted by College Hill Partnership, University Book & Supply and the University of Northern Iowa. Bring your lawn chairs; concessions are available for purchase and coolers are permitted.


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