The UIS Music program welcomes students from all majors and colleges within the University to take classes in ethnomusicology, music history, music theory, music technology and music performance.

Welcome to the Music Program at the University of Illinois Springfield where students have the opportunity to earn a Minor in Music and take classes in a variety of music disciplines including musicology, ethnomusicology, music theory, music technology, and music performance. A number of music scholarships are available including the $10,000 Camerata scholarship.

Check out our Fall 2020 Virtual UIS Ensemble Concert

See the UIS music ensemble concert featuring UIS Band, Cello Choir, Chorus, Jazz Ensemble, Orchestra and more

You can watch the ensemble concert on box.

Important Dates

February 15, 2021

UIS Institutional Scholarship: Application for a variety of UIS Music Scholarships

March 01, 2021

UIS $10,000 Camerata Scholarship: Application and Video Audition

UIS Student Spotlight

The University of Illinois Springfield Music Program congratulates UIS Music Merit Award recipient Joy Anna on her recording of her original song “Made It This Far,” released as part of the University of Illinois “Songs of Hope” Project. “Made It This Far” was recorded at the UIS Performing Arts Center and produced by UIS Electronic Media. UIS is Leadership Lived!


UIS Music Welcomes Dr. Adam Larison

Dr. Larison (D.M.A. Guitar Performance and Literature, Eastman School of Music) joins the UIS Music Program as a passionate advocate for innovative, progressive, and inclusive music education. As Instructor of Music at UIS, Dr. Larison will offer academic classes in musicology, music theory, and popular music, and direct the UIS Camerata Program. Read More >>


UIS Music Fundraiser

The UIS Music Program is engaging in a major fundraising effort to purchase 7 new practice room pianos. If you are interested in making a tax-deductible donation to the UIS Music Program Fund in any amount to support this cause, our students, faculty, and staff would be most grateful.

  • Estimated Cost to purchase new pianos: $6,500 per piano
  • Total Project Cost to replace all 7 pianos: $45,500

To contribute, please click the Donate Button Above.

Thank you!

UIS Learn Lead Shine – Brooke Seacrist

UIS Camerata Scholarship student Brooke Seacrist is a featured UIS student!

“Camerata is a music scholarship for non-music majors and it was one of the main reasons why I ended up choosing UIS…” Watch the video to learn more.

UIS Music Welcomes 3 New Faculty Instructors

Natasha Keating, Oboe
Amanda Pond, Flute
Andrew Stroud, Guitar



UIS Music events are free and open to the public and take place at various campus locations including in Sangamon Auditorium, the Studio Theatre, and the Student Union.


Students of all majors are eligible to apply for a wide range of music scholarships. A point of pride is the prestigious UIS Camerata Scholarship, a renewable $10,000 performance scholarship for incoming students. To apply for the Camerata Scholarship, please fill out an application form. Required with your application are: a link to your application video(s); A cover letter; A resume.

Camerata Video Audition Deadline: March 01, 2021

To apply for other institutional UIS Music Scholarships, please complete the UIS Institutional Scholarship Application by February 15.

Additional opportunities include work-study positions. See additional scholarship information.

UIS Music, Fall 2020 Update

The UIS Music Program follows UIS policies and practices to protect the health and welfare of our students, faculty, staff, and community during the international COVID-19 public health crisis. For Further Information on UIS Policies and Practices, click here. Thank you for your patience as we work to best protect the health and welfare of our students, faculty, staff, and community musicians.

  • Fall music courses will take place on ground, remotely, or online. For an up-to-date schedule of Fall, 2020 classes, visit the Dynamic Course Schedule.
  • UIS Community Music School Students: Lessons are available for Summer and Fall, 2020. For further information about lesson format for a particular instrument and to apply, visit uis.edu/music/cms. Please direct your questions to 217-206-6240 or music@uis.edu.

UIS Music General Information

General Education Requirements

Music courses and ensembles fulfill a variety of UIS General Education Requirements including Visual, Creative, and Performing Arts; Engaged Citizenship Common Experience; Comparative Societies Humanities; U.S. Communities. No prerequisites.

Music Minor

The 15-credit UIS Music minor is designed to help students increase their general music knowledge and acquire a basic understanding of diverse methodologies of music study. It is open to students in any field.

Individual Music Lessons

The UIS Music program offers Individual Music Lessons for students at the beginning and intermediate/advanced levels. Students may register for MUS 141/341 Instrumental Lessons. Additional Fees Apply. Click here to view the Instrumental Instructor Roster.


CellistsMusic ensembles at UIS include Band, Cello Choir, Chorus, Flute Choir, Jazz Ensemble, and Orchestra. Students, Faculty/Staff, and community members are welcome to join UIS ensembles. Students may earn course credit by playing in an ensemble. Faculty/staff and Community musicians interested in joining a UIS Music Ensemble may fill out a brief application form.

UIS Community Music School

The UIS Community Music School offers individualized music instruction and performance options for the community, ages 5+. Visit the UISCMS Webpage for further information and to fill out an online application form. Please direct your questions to music@uis.edu or (217) 206-6240. Summer lessons are available in an online format.


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