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UNI Keyboard Day

PLEASE NOTE: This event will be held ONLINE as a virtual event. Updated event details and revised registration form coming soon! 

The University of Northern Iowa Keyboard Department would like to invite your junior high and high school-aged students to participate in the virtual UNI Keyboard Day on Saturday, March 6, 2021. This event is a great way to assist your students in their preparations for the various auditions and festivals throughout the coming year, as well as to provide them with the opportunity to work with UNI faculty members in lessons, workshops, and a group ensemble music class. The event will conclude with a student recital, honoring our attendees.  


Details and registration for 2021 event coming soon. 2020 information below in red for reference. 

What is it?

The UNI Keyboard Day is designed for your interested junior high and high school students who want to improve their piano and organ skills and could benefit from an extracurricular keyboard experience. Lessons with university faculty, workshops on performing and practicing, organ and harpsichord presentations, ensemble repertoire experience in a group piano setting, an honors recital, and fun with other young pianists, UNI students, and faculty all contribute to this rewarding opportunity. 

Who is eligible? 

All junior high or high school students (ages 12 and up) interested in improving their keyboard abilities, musicianship, and performance skills are welcome to attend. Students should have one or two solo repertoire selections which are moderately prepared for a private lesson with UNI applied keyboard faculty. Students who wish to perform in the Student Recital will perform on the beautiful instruments in Davis Hall, Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. Parents and teachers are encouraged to attend the event. 

What is the cost? 

The UNI Keyboard Faculty are pleased to offer this event to you free of charge! The only cost to you is $10 per person, for lunch. 

When and Where? 

Saturday, March 6, 2021, 9:00am-4:00pm. The event will take place in the music facilities of the University of Northern Iowa. Registration and opening events will take place in the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, private piano lessons and an ensemble repertoire group piano class will be held in Russell Hall. Students will return to the Gallagher Bluedorn for an Organ and Harpsichord demonstration and a Student Recital in Davis Hall. Both buildings are located on the campus of the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA.

Registration and Deadlines: 

You can find the registration form below. Please plan to complete your online registration by February 22, 2021. 


Click here to read more about the UNI Keyboard faculty.  

The tentative schedule for the UNI School of Music Keyboard Festival will be:

Saturday, March 6

9:00 - 9:30 a.m.Arrival and Registration in the Lobby of GBPAC
9:30 - 10:20 a.m. Interactive Workshop with Dr. Andrea Johnson, Davis Hall, GBPAC
10:30 - 12:00 noon

Open Lessons with UNI Keyboard Faculty, or practice time in Russell Hall

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.Lunch with Faculty and Student Hosts at Piazza, Redeker Center
1:00 - 1:50 p.m.

Piano Ensemble Session in Group Piano Lab, Russell Hall, Room 061

2:00 - 2:50 p.m.

Organ and Harpsichord Experience with UNI Organ Students, Jebe Hall, GBPAC

3:00 - 3:50 p.m.UNI Piano Day Student Recital, Davis Hall, GBPAC
4:00 p.m.Check out and return home, GBPAC Lobby

Students should bring 1-2 pieces to play during private lessons. These may include standard repertoire, repertoire of pedagogical composers, hymns, and other arrangements. Memorization is not required, although the pieces should be solidly prepared. Performance in the UNI Piano Day Student Recital is notrequired for participation in the events, although we would like to provide the opportunity to as many students as we have time for.


You may park in the metered lot in the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center Visitor’s Lot (behind the GBPAC) at no charge on Saturdays – do not feed the meter.

CAMPUS MAP: available online at http://campusmap.uni.edu

QUESTIONS? Contact Dr. Andrea Johnson at andrea.johnson@uni.edu for more information.