All School of Music ensembles are open to all university students by audition. All ensembles are registered courses for which grades are given and tuition is paid. Auditions occur just prior to the beginning of the semester. Music is provided for instrumental musicians. Vocalists must prepare one piece from memory.
To schedule a non-major ensemble audition or for more information, please contact:
Piano, guitar and voice lessons are open to all majors, as are choirs, orchestras and bands! Classes in black music, history of jazz and world arts in music can be taken to fulfill general education requirements.
Art courses in history, visual culture, and studio arts (painting, drawing, ceramics, etc.) are open to all majors.
Opportunities in film, puppetry, stagecraft, acting, and costuming are available to all majors.
Any Illinois State student enrolled for 6 or more hours may audition for School of Theatre and Dance productions after achieving second semester freshman status (9 or more completed hours).
Auditions for theatre productions are held at the beginning of each semester.
Additionally, auditions are held throughout the year for various Freestage, improv, and independent productions. Find them on social media!
Students can earn course credit while participating in a variety of activities in theatre and dance productions through Theatre Practicum. This course involves hands-on practical work in a variety of areas including costume crew, set crew, light crew, box office, and ushering. After registering for Practicum, students must sign up for a particular assignment during the first week of classes. Contact the School of Theatre office at ( 309) 438-8783 for more details.
Any Illinois State University student may audition to be part of the resident dance company, Illinois State Dance Theatre, regardless of his or her major. Students must be enrolled in six hours or more and be enrolled in a minimum of one dance technique course. Auditions take place during the first week of classes in both the Fall and spring semesters. Dance productions are held at the end of each semester in either the Center for the Performing Arts or Westhoff Theatre. Contact the Head of the Dance Program, Sara Semonis (firstname.lastname@example.org) for additional information about Dance Theatre.
The College of Fine Arts produces hundreds of music, theatre and dance events each year in the Center for the Performing Arts and other spaces around campus. The Box Office is located in the Center for the Performing Arts lobby. Advance tickets are recommended for most events.
World-class art exhibits with contemporary and global focus are presented in the University Galleries, located in Uptown Normal.
The ceramics program offers a diverse approach to the materials and processes involved in the production of ceramic art.
The drawing program promotes students' aesthetic and personal development as well as critical and historical understanding of drawing within the visual arts and our culture.
Expanded Media courses focus on the creation, installation, and critique of studio artworks using a range of computer technologies and digital fabrication tools.
Glass coursework involves committing to the development of a clear personal vision in a wide range of material manipulation techniques including glassblowing, flame working, and more.
The painting program fosters a broad range of approaches to media and ideas. Students learn the principles and practices of painting as a discipline of visual inquiry.
The photography program emphasizes the development of technical and conceptual skills, the shaping of a personal esthetic and a solid grounding in contemporary critical theory.
The printmaking program is made up of three parts: intaglio, lithography, and Normal Editions Workshop, each with its own faculty/staff and space.
The sculpture program fosters a spirit of experimentation and encourages both strong technical skills and critical thinking.
Classes in video emphasize creative thinking in a time-based medium. We place primary importance on aesthetic and emphasize a historical understanding of the medium's place within our culture.
Wood-Metal Design is primarily concerned with the hand-built piece that maintains the relationship to materials and techniques that are essential to human expression in this discipline.
Flute studio members develop into a musical family-like experience pursuing similar passions.
Oboe studio members share their musical growth through performance and around the reed making table.
Clarinet studio membership is fun, fulfilling, and foundational for the future you pursue in music.
Saxophone studio membership is comprised of a vibrant and talented group of students.
Studio membership for bassoonists enhances your passion for performing and appreciating the instrument.
Alumni of the horn studio are Fulbright Scholars and orchestrators/arrangers for the Academy Awards and American Idol, as well as the third Hobbit film.
Excellence in performance is a hallmark of the trumpet studio.
Trombone studio students experience the pursuit of excellence in purposeful preparation for a lifetime of music making.
The tuba and euphonium studio is a tight knit, supportive, positive musical environment that strives to help students achieve their highest level of performance possible.
Percussion studio members strive to develop musicianship and technical proficiency in performance and pedagogy in a myriad of styles and idioms.
Voice students are surrounded by positive and creative faculty members encouraging proper vocal development and performance.
Diverse pianists and organists comprise the piano studios where students celebrate their craft.
Guitarist studio members relish in honing their classical guitar performance skills both as a solo musician and in ensemble work.
Celebrating a long history of excellence in performance, the violin studio offers enrichment for future music professionals.
The viola studio is comprised of ambitious learners with diverse perspectives.
The cello studio includes students with a wide range of backgrounds and interests in the arts.
The double bass studio offers student musicians a broad range of training and experiences to encourage well-rounded musical development.