Preparation. Passion. Performance.

Every season, our School of Music's performances delight audiences, musicians, and scholars. Each of these achievements by our students—and our professors and instructors who teach and mentor them—is a triumph, the culmination of hours of practice and years of dedication.

From their first day in the School of Music, our undergraduate and graduate performance students prepare to perform in the Voxman Music Building's state-of-the-art spaces, including the 700-seat Concert Hall and the 200-seat Recital Hall. In addition to playing in one or more of our 30 ensembles, these students present individual recitals, perform in chamber concerts, and play in local venues and clubs.

Ensembles

A wide photograph of a School of Music choir ensemble

Choral ensembles

Kantorei, University Choir, Camerata, and Voxman Chorale
An inset shot of a university orchestra performance

Orchestras

UI Symphony Orchestra, Campus Symphony Orchestra 
An inset photograph of a university band performance

Bands

Symphony, Concert, and University Bands, Chamber Winds Ensemble, Hawkeye Marching Band
A University of Iowa percussion ensemble performing

Percussion

Iowa Percussion Ensemble, Graduate Percussion Ensemble, PanAmerican Steel Band, Steel Band II and III
A jazz ensemble performance at the University of Iowa

Jazz

Johnson County Landmark, Jazz Repertory Ensemble, Black Popular Music Ensemble, Small Ensembles
An opera performance from the University of Iowa School of Music

Opera

UI Opera, Opera Workshop, Musical Theatre Workshop

Ensemble auditions

Auditions for ensembles are held just before the beginning of the fall semester and the first day of classes. Students interested in auditioning should sign up for an audition time. Please contact your respective ensemble director for more information. You can also learn more about your specific ensemble area in the following:

For information, please see Orchestral Auditions. String players who wish to continue playing during their studies at UI but don’t want to audition can participate in the All-University String Orchestra.

The Symphony Band and Concert Band are open to all students, regardless of major, by audition only. Please contact your respective ensemble director for more information. Read more about auditions.

The University Band is designed specifically for non-music major students, and no auditions are required for membership.

No auditions are required for Iowa Pep Band. 

For information about auditioning for the Hawkeye Marching Band, visit https://uiowa.edu/hmb/auditions.

The University of Iowa Choral Area invites anyone who loves to sing to audition for one of four ensembles on campus. It does not matter whether you are a music major or a non-major; all are welcome.

To learn more about the audition, download an audition form, sample one of the pieces we will be performing with The University of Iowa Symphony Orchestra, and sign up online for an audition, please visit our Wiki. Login with your HawkID and sign up for a time. The meeting times of the choirs can be found on the audition form.

All jazz ensembles are open to non-majors as well as majors. Auditions for all ensembles and lessons occur in the first week of fall classes. Skills to be demonstrated in the audition include sight-reading, performance of a prepared piece, and scale knowledge. For more information, including dates and specific requirements, please see Jazz Ensemble Auditions.

Centers and residencies

Center for New Music ensemble

Center for New Music

Devoted to the late 20th and early 21st century repertoire, focused on contemporary composition and performance.

The Harlem Quartet performs in the Voxman Music Building Concert Hall as part of the UI String Quartet Residency Program

String Quartet Residency Program

Bringing nationally recognized professional string quartets to campus for extended residences each year.

Performances

Humanities for the Public Good Closing Symposium: A Celebration promotional image

Humanities for the Public Good Closing Symposium: A Celebration

Friday, March 1 10:00am to Saturday, March 2, 2024 3:30pm
Iowa City Public Library
This symposium is a culmination of the Obermann Center’s multi-year grant from the Mellon Foundation focused on the transformation of humanities graduate education, Humanities for the Public Good. During the last four years, over 100 faculty, staff, graduate students, and visiting speakers have envisioned and created a host of ways that graduates from humanities PhD programs can fuse their studies in specific disciplines with skills and learning experiences that prepare them to adapt the methods...

Student Recital: Ida Cornelia Beam Residency

Friday, March 1, 2024 1:30pm
Voxman Music Building
Student Recital: Ida Cornelia Beam Residency The students that worked with Martin Katz, 2024 Ida Cornelia Beam Visiting Guest Professor, will perform. The School of Music is incredibly excited to welcome Martin Katz as a 2024 Ida Cornelia Beam Visiting Guest Professor. His residency will be from Sunday, Feb. 25 until Friday, March 1. He will be working extensively with students across all studios in the School of Music, giving a lecture on what it takes to be a great collaborator...
Where is the Beat in That Note? How Musical Expertise Affects Music Perception promotional image

Where is the Beat in That Note? How Musical Expertise Affects Music Perception

Friday, March 1, 2024 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Voxman Music Building
Two experiments in rhythmic perception show how music psychology and performance science can add to our knowledge of human perception and cognition.
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Practice and perform

Need to book a music room, request an accompanist, check out audition information, rent a locker, or use a recording studio? Visit the Music Callboard for all scheduling and policy information.