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Exciting Performances

Instrumental Influence

Faculty member and music student “develop as a team” since arriving at EIU. Read more...


The Department of Music offers varied and quality music experiences to our students. Music students at EIU perform regularly throughout the academic year in large and small ensembles, both on and off-campus. Performing ensembles include large ensembles such as the Wind Symphony, Concert Band, Panther Marching Band, Eastern Symphony Orchestra, and the University Mixed Chorus. Smaller ensembles include the Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Lab Band, Jazz Combos, Concert Choir and numerous chamber and applied studio groups. Non-music majors are welcome to audition for any ensemble on campus and frequently participate.

Call to Duty: A Veterans Day Tribute

Call to Duty: A Veterans Day Tribute by the Eastern Illinois Wind Symphony in the Doudna Fine Arts Center Dvorak Concert Hall.


Chicago Bears Season opener

The EIU Marching Band had the unique opportunity to play the season opener half-time show for the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field.



Talented Faculty

Jonathan Bowman

Jonathan Bowman

When he was 15, Jonathan Bowman sat in a lecture recital given by renowned pianist and scholar Logan Skelton.

“He played recordings that Bartok had made of peasant music in the countryside, then he sat down at the piano and showed how Bartok had woven the melodies into his compositions,” Bowman remembers. “All of Dr. Skelton’s knowledge went into making the performance amazing for the audience.”

For the first time, Dr. Bowman knew what he wanted to do when he grew up. Read more...


The music faculty at EIU are drawn from some of the finest performance and academic environments in the world, and most hold advanced degrees in their discipline. The Department boasts a young, motivated and caring faculty who work together daily to ensure our students' progress through the program.

EIU music faculty members are active performers, conductors, adjudicators and clinicians who are deeply committed to providing student-focused learning experiences.

Building Connections Through Music

Director of Bands, Dr. Alicia Neal gives some insight into her musical life and what it is like for her to teach what she loves. Read more...



Dynamic Curriculum

Matthew Polenzani

EIU alumni and Tenor Matthew Polenzani sat down to chat about growing up in Chicago, his early music influences and one important meeting that forever changed the course of his career, steering him away from the classroom and toward the Metropolitan Opera stage.


EIU's music curriculum centers on performance and music education; however, as the Department grows, a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a new hybrid (online/on-campus) Master of Arts in Music Education will be implemented shortly. We also offer a minor in Music for students who wish to participate in a music curriculum, but who have other interests professionally.

The Department is constantly in the process of evaluating our music curriculum to ensure students are receiving a balance between time-tested instruction and current trends in music education and performance. Music students at Eastern receive individualized advising every semester to ensure they are progressing through the curriculum efficiently.

Chris Mroczek


The EIU music faculty inspired Chris Mroczek to continue his development in music and to become an educator himself. Read more...



State of the Art Facilities

A Quick Look at Some of the Spaces in Doudna

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The newly renovated Doudna Fine Arts Center was unveiled to the EIU campus in 2008 and features a 568-seat concert hall with a copper-clad stage shell and professionally-tuned acoustics. In fact, the Department boasts four top-notch performance spaces including a 175-seat recital hall lined with opaque glass, a stadium-seating theatre, and a black box theatre.

All of the Department's performance and large rehearsal spaces are wired for recording from the basement Recording Studio, the finest of its kind in Illinois. EIU music students have access to Wenger practice modules, smart-enabled classrooms and WiFi access throughout the building.