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Midwest Piano Competition draws elite musicians to UNI

Posted on Sunday, June 1st, 2014

Elite piano players from around the world are in Cedar Falls to compete this week.

The University of Northern Iowa is hosting its first Midwest International Piano Competition. The event features 26 competitors from 10 countries. Performers will be playing at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center through Saturday.

People are invited to listen to the musicians play their compositions throughout the competition this week. The pianists would probably welcome an audience, said Sean Botkin, pianist and UNI music professor.

Panther Marching Band to perform in London New Year’s Day Parade

Posted on Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

The UNI Panther Marching Band will spend fall 2014 preparing for a tour to London, England. On March 26, conductor and band director Danny Galyen formally accepted the invitation to perform at the London New Year’s Day Parade. Galyen appeared onstage in the Great Hall at the Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center along with the Lord Mayor of the City of Wesminster Councillor Duncan Sandys and Robert C. Bone, Executive Director of the London Parade Festival.

Dr. Heather Peyton hired as Assistant Professor of Oboe and Music Theory

Posted on Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

Dr. Heather Peyton has accepted the School of Music's Assistant Professor of Oboe and Music Theory position. Dr. Peyton has a DMA degree from Michigan State University, an Artist Diploma and MM degree from McGill (Montreal) University, and a Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana University. She is currently serving as a Lecturer at Iowa State University where she maintains an oboe studio, and teaches reed making and liberal arts courses.