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Festivals, Workshops and Camps

Festivals, Workshops and Camps

Festivals, workshops and camps at the UNI School of Music offer a window into our workings. Whether you're interested in a master class feel where you can get hands-on experience with your instrument and our amazing faculty, or you'd like to sit back and listen to some of our most talented ensembles and performers, our festivals and special events will offer an opportunity that is right for you.

UNI Bass Jamboree

Saturday, September 12, 2020, all day
Davis Hall, GBPAC

This day-long workshop for double bass players and enthusiasts will feature classical and jazz bass master classes, clinics, and concerts. For more information or to register, visit www.uni.edu/music/uni-bass-jamboree

Midwest Violin Caucus

Saturday, September 19, 2020, 8 a.m. 
Davis Hall, GBPAC

The UNI School of Music presents its annual hands-on workshops for violin players. For more information, click here

All State Wind, Brass and Percussion Workshops

Sunday, September 27, 2020, 2 p.m.
Various School of Music Venues

The UNI School of Music presents its annual hands-on workshops for high school student instrumentalists preparing for All-State competition. This event is free and open to the public, but does require registration. Click here for more information and to register!

All State Strings Workshop

Saturday, October 3, 2020, 8 a.m. 
Davis Hall, GBPAC

The UNI School of Music presents its annual hands-on workshops for high school student string players preparing for All-State competition. This event is free and open to the public, but does require registration. For more information, please contact Susie GroverClick here for more information and to register!

Vocal Arts Festival

Sunday & Monday, October 4-5, 2020, all day
Davis & Great Hall, GBPAC

The UNI School of Music presents its annual Vocal Arts Festival for high school student vocalists preparing for All-State competition and interested in vocal music at UNI. This event is free and open to the public, but does require registration. For more information, click here.

UNI Flute Day

Sunday, October 18, 2020, 1 p.m. 
Various venues, Russell Hall
Faculty artist Hannah Porter Occeña will coordinate an exciting day of fluting, including an All-State Mock Audition, Flute Choir Reading Session, and Master Class. Registration is required for all events. For more information, click here. 

UNI Viola Festival

Saturday, October 31, 2020, all day 
Davis Hall, GBPAC

Coordinated by faculty artist Julia Bullard, the UNI Viola Festival will offer hands on workshops as well as guest artist performances. For more details click here, or contact Julia.Bullard@uni.edu

Panther Band Day

Saturday, November 7, 2020, all day
WRC and UNI Dome

Panther Band Day is ideal for entire marching bands or individual high school band students in grades 9-12. Our goal is to create an outstanding, positive, and friendly musical and social experience for high school band students! We hope you will enjoy the fellowship with other band students throughout the state and the fantastic performance of a massive band, playing to one of the most appreciative audiences in the country! For more information, click here.  

UNI Clarinet Choir Day

Sunday, November 8, 2020, all day 
Davis Hall, GBPAC

This day-long event will feature hands-on workshops and engaging activities for clarinetists and clarinet choirs. For more information, contact Amanda.McCandless@uni.edu. To register, click here

Music Education Day

Friday, November 13, 2020, all day
Various locations

The UNI Music Education Day is designed for juniors and seniors in high school who are considering a career in music education working as an elementary music specialist, middle school/high school choir teacher, or middle school/high school band teacher. To learn more and register, visit https://admissions.uni.edu/music-education-day

Northern Festival of Bands

Thursday - Saturday, February 11-13, 2021
Russell Hall & GBPAC

The Northern Festival of Bands is an annual honor band festival open to high school band students which typically hosts over 40 schools and over 250 individual students in a weekend long event. This year the festival will be held February 11-13, 2021. The event will feature performances by the UNI Wind Ensemble and UNI Symphonic Band on Friday evening as well as Saturday afternoon’s performance featuring solo competition winners, the festival’s percussionist groups, Festival Concert Band and Festival Symphony Band. 

Click here for more information and registration link. 

Tallcorn Jazz Festival

Thursday-Friday, February 18-19, 2021 - performances at 7:15 p.m. both nights
Bengtson Auditorium and various halls

The Beta Nu Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and the UNI School of Music invite you and your band to the 66th Annual Tallcorn Jazz Festival and  70th Sinfonian Dimensions in Jazz Concerts to be held on February 18 and 19, 2021, on the UNI campus. For more information, click here. Concerts for this event are ticketed. For tickets, call (319) 273-4TIX.

UNI Keyboard Day

Saturday, March 6, 2021, 9 a.m. 
Davis Hall, GBPAC

UNI School of Music keyboard faculty will present a hands-on, day-long workshop for pianists. Click here to learn more and to register

Northern Iowa Band Invitational

Tuesday, March 9, 2021, 8 a.m. 
Davis Hall, GBPAC

School of Music conductors Danny Galyen and Justin Mertz will coordinate a day-long workshop for visiting Iowa high school bands. This event is free but by invitation only. Contact Danny.Galyen@uni.edu for more information. 

UNI Horn Choir Day

Sunday, April 18, 2021, all day 
Davis Hall, GBPAC

This day-long event will feature hands-on workshops and a concert performance for the UNI Horn Choir featuring high school students and other invited guests. For more information, contact Yu-Ting.Su@uni.edu

Northern Iowa Orchestra Invitational

Thursday, April 22, 2021, 8 a.m. 
Davis Hall, GBPAC

School of Music conductor Erik Rohde will coordinate a day-long workshop for visiting Iowa high school orchestra students. This event is free but by invitation only. Contact Erik.Rohde@uni.edu for more information. 

UNI Low Brass Workshop

Saturday, April 24, 2021, all day 
Davis Hall, GBPAC

This day-long event will feature hands-on low brass workshops and a concert performance featuring guest artists and ensembles. For more information, click here

Women Sing! Women's Chorus Festival

Tuesday, April 27, 2021, all day 
Davis and Great Hall, GBPAC

Women Sing is an all-day choral festival open to all high school women.  Join the inclusive community of strong, proud women that make up the UNI Women’s Chorus for the day, connecting with young women from across Iowa as well as faculty members from multiple academic areas at UNI.  The event culminates in an evening performance in the Great Hall at the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. For more information, click here