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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.

Midwest Violin Caucus

Saturday, September 18, 2021, all day
Davis Hall, Gallagher Bluedorn

The UNI School of Music presents its annual workshop for violin players. For more information, click here

UNI Bass Jamboree

Saturday, September 25, 2021, all day
Davis Hall, Gallagher Bluedorn

This 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

All State Wind, Brass and Percussion Workshops

Sunday, September 26, 2021, various times
Russell Hall and Gallagher Bluedorn

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

All State Strings Workshop

Saturday, October 2, 2021, 10 a.m. 
Davis and Great Hall, Gallagher Bluedorn

The UNI School of Music presents its annual workshop for high school student string players preparing for All-State competition. This event is free, but does require registration. Click here for more information and to register!

Vocal Arts Festival

Sunday-Monday, October 3-4, 2021, all day
Gallagher Bluedorn

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 requires registration. For more information, contact John.Wiles@uni.edu or Amy.Kotsonis@uni.edu. 

Experience Beethoven

Friday, October 29, 2021, all day
Gallagher Bluedorn

Check back for more details soon! 

UNI Viola Festival

Saturday, October 30, 2021, all day
Davis Hall, Gallagher Bluedorn

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

Panther Band Day

Saturday, October 30, 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 7, 2021, all day
Davis Hall, Gallagher Bluedorn

This event will feature workshops and engaging activities for clarinetists and clarinet choirs. For more information or to register, click here. For questions, contact Amanda.McCandless@uni.edu

Music Education Day

Friday, November 5, 2021, all day
Various locations on campus; check-in at the Gallagher Bluedorn

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://music.uni.edu/music-education-day. 


Northern Festival of Bands

Thursday-Saturday, February 10-12, 2022, all day
Gallagher Bluedorn

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 10-12, 2022. 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 17-18, 2022, all day
Russell Hall and Gallagher Bluedorn; concerts in Bengtson Auditorium at Russell Hall

The Beta Nu Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and the UNI School of Music invite you and your band to the 67th Annual Tallcorn Jazz Festival and 71st Sinfonian Dimensions in Jazz Concerts to be held on February 20 and 21, 2020, on the UNI campus. For more information, visit www.tallcornjazzfest.com

UNI Keyboard Day

Date, time and location TBA

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

Northern Iowa Band Invitational

Thursday, February 24, 2022, all day
Gallagher Bluedorn

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. 

Middle School Treble Festival

Tuesday, March 29, 2022, all day
Gallagher Bluedorn

Check back for more details soon!

UNI Horn Choir Day

Sunday, April 10, 2022, all day
Davis Hall, Gallagher Bluedorn

This event will feature workshops and performances for horn students. Contact music@uni.edu for more information. 

UNI Low Brass Workshop

Sunday, April 24, 2022, 8 am - 5 pm
Davis Hall, Gallagher Bluedorn

This event will feature low brass workshops and performances. For more information or to register, click here

Women Sing! Women's Chorus Festival

Tuesday, April 26, 2022, all day
Davis and Great Hall, Gallagher Bluedorn 

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 Cecilians 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

Northern Iowa Orchestra Invitational

Wednesday, April 27, 2022, 8 am - 4 pm
Davis and Great Hall, Gallagher Bluedorn

School of Music conductor Erik Rohde will coordinate a workshop for Iowa high school orchestra students. Contact Erik.Rohde@uni.edu with questions.