The Merry Widow

In addition to their high-caliber singing and costumes constructed for period appropriateness, productions by Lyric Theatre @ Illinois often encompass expert dancing and scenery depicting expansive locales.

The Merry Widow, Lyric Theatre @ Illinois, April 2015, photo by Darrell Hoemann.

Jim Pugh and Larry Gray in Jazzissimo

Each spring the DoCha chamber music festival offers an ambitious selection of jazz, classical pieces, works from numerous cultures, and programs for children. Free concerts held at the Orpheum Theatre feature faculty members and students from the School of Music, community members, and special guests.

Jim Pugh and Larry Gray in Jazzissimo, DoCha, April 2017, photo by Darrell Hoemann.

Marie Roth

"The University of Illinois fostered in me a sense of pride and confidence that allow me to be where I am today."

When Marie Roth came to the U of I as a freshman, the School of Music faculty helped her pursue music education full force. And when her interests shifted to arts administration, the College of Fine and Applied Arts team transitioned with her; Marie received guidance from FAA Career Services Coordinator Michele Plante and from staff members at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. 


A constant in the U.S. College Rankings top 15, the School of Music offers intensive studies that go far beyond the conservatory. The school offers leading music education, choral, and orchestra programs, diverse ensembles from symphonic bands to choruses to jazz groups, and a new Lyric Theatre program. Nearly 100 faculty members, a staff of more than two dozen professionals, and renowned visiting international artists perform, give master classes, and mentor students.

  • BA, BM, and BME programs
  • AD, MM, MME, DMA, and PhD programs


Noël Wan
Class of2014

"The interdisciplinary nature of the university opens up so many opportunities. . . . The relationship between the School of Music and the College of Engineering has opened doors for unique projects by composers and featuring students."

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