Welcome to the University of Illinois at Springfield  
UIS Home Page
Search UIS
UIS Press Releases

Sharon Graf


Click here to go to the UIS Home Page


This Year



Community invited to join UIS musical groups

August 15, 2005

SPRINGFIELD – Members of the community who are interested in sharing their musical talents are invited to join one or more of the five campus ensembles currently gearing up for the fall semester at University of Illinois at Springfield. Auditions are not required to join any of the groups outlined below, and most can be taken for academic credit, if desired.

Related site

UIS Music

The groups are the UIS Chorus, Band, World Percussion Ensemble, Chamber Ensemble, and Native American Flute Circle.

The music program at UIS was initiated by Sharon Graf, assistant professor of ethnomusicology, when she joined the faculty in 2001 to teach the musical portion of the Capital Scholars curriculum.  “Until then, there had been no campus musical performance opportunities for over 20 years,” she noted.

This fall, Todd Cranson has been enlisted to help with organization and rehearsals.  Originally from New Orleans, Cranson recently turned from Manchester, England, where he completed a master’s degree in Tuba Performance. “I am eager to help with building the program,” he said.

Graf and Cranson are both quick to point out that joining a UIS music group is a great way for individuals to share their musical talent as well as to meet people from a variety of backgrounds.

UIS Music presents two concerts per semester -- a mid-semester brown-bag concert (this year scheduled for October 14) and a finale concert near the end of the semester (set for November 18).

Rehearsals for all groups except the UIS Band begin the week of August 22. Band rehearsals will begin Monday, August 29. All groups rehearse in the Health Sciences Building, room 208, on the UIS campus.  Rehearsals are open to the public and all musicians are invited to attend.  Each ensemble works on a varied repertory that is tailored to the group at hand. 

The UIS Chorus has given performances, ranging from 16th-century madrigals to Broadway classics, at such events as the Springfield Festival of Trees, the UIS Talent Expo, the campus Spring Finale Concert, and UIS commencement ceremonies.  The chorus rehearses on Tuesdays from 7 to 9:15 p.m. and/or on Thursdays from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. UIS students who wish to receive academic credit should enroll in MUS 301: Vocal Music Ensemble.

The UIS Band performs in UIS Music concerts and at campus activities such as basketball games and pep rallies.  Band rehearsals are scheduled for Mondays from 4 to 6 p.m. beginning August 29.  UIS students who wish to earn academic credit should enroll in MUS 305: Instrumental Music Ensemble.

The UIS World Percussion Ensemble is a performance group for students interested in hand drumming using percussion instruments of primarily African and Middle Eastern origin.. No experience is necessary to join. The group will meet from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays. To take this class for academic credit, enroll in MUS 305: Instrumental Music Ensemble.

UIS Native American Flute Circle is a joint effort of UIS Music and the Central Illinois Flute Circle. The campus meeting is the second Monday of the month from 7 to 9 p.m. The flute circle is not offered for academic credit.

The UIS Chamber Ensemble performs a variety of music, from Renaissance to Modern, and is open to anyone who plays a string instrument.  This group meets on Thursdays from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. To take this class for academic credit, enroll in MUS 305: Instrumental Music Ensemble.

Academic credit for these programs is available to those who have been admitted to study at UIS. Registration for the fall 2005 semester is currently underway; classes begin Monday, August 22. For information on enrolling in any of these ensembles for credit, go to www.uis.edu/registration or phone the Registration Office at 206-6174.

For more information about UIS Music, contact Graf by e-mail at graf.sharon@uis.edu , by phone at 217/206-6570, or go to www.uis.edu/music/.



    The University of Illinois at Springfield, one of three U of I campuses, is a small, public liberal arts university that offers 42 degree programs – 21 bachelor’s, 20 master’s, and the Doctorate of Public Administration. UIS has a special mission in public affairs and service and is known for extraordinary internships, a wireless campus, extensive online offerings, and a commitment to teaching.