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EIU Department of Music

Department of Music

Virtual Preview

If Covid-19 is making it difficult for you to visit our beautiful campus, we hope that these videos will help you learn more about students and faculty that make the Eastern Illinois University Department of Music a wonderful place to study music! 

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Dourna Fine Arts Center Tour



The Department of Music is housed in the beautiful Doudna Fine Arts Center that was renovated in 2008.

Justin and Elaina lead a tour of music venues in the Doudna Fine Arts Center at Eastern Illinois University     

 Student Q&A Panel


Ben, Makayla, Marie, and Katie answer questions about the Department of Music at EIU.

EIU Music Ensemble Previews

Panther Marching Band


This video clip features segments of the Panther Marching Band Live in Concert in October, 2020 at the Mellin Steps outside the Doudna Fine Arts Center.  Segments include the PMB Color Guard performing to "Runaway Baby" and the Color Guard, Pink Panthers and Cheerleaders performing to the "Panther War Chant" and the "EIU Fight Song."  Panther Marching Band meets MWF during the fall semester.  Contact David G. Boggs for additional information.


“Blues on Sunday” by Joshua Redman featuring August Frisby, tenor saxophone; Addie Gladu, piano; Eliot Crispin, bass; and Preston Rice, drums--performed in the Black Box Theatre on October 20, 2020. 

Jazz Combos are open to students with experience in jazz improvisation.  ​Combos rehearse twice each week and perform regularly on campus and in the community. ​ Contact Paul Johnston for additional information.

Eastern Symphony Orchestra


Haley Fryer, MA '20, performs Gaetano Donizetti's "Quel Guardo Il Cavaliere" with The Eastern Symphonic Orchestra on February 23rd, 2020 at Eastern Illinois University's Doudna Fine Arts Center.


Wind Symphony


The EIU Wind Symphony performs "American Fanfare" by Jim Stephenson.  For additional information on EIU Concert Band, contact Alicia Neal.

Musical Theatre/Opera performs with EIU Dancers


View highlights from Giacomo Puccini's Gianni Schicci performed by Department of Music students & the EIU Dancers. The opera  was sung in its original Italian and interpreted through dance for the audience by the EIU dancers.  This unique collaboration brought to life this opera in a way never before seen.  




 Faculty Performances:



Paul Johnston, jazz piano, and Scott Hesse, guitar, performance livestreamed on August 28, 2020 on the EIU campus.



Sam Fagaly and Paul Johnston perform "Time After Time" by Chet Baker at the EIU Music Faculty Showcase on September 6th, 2019



Ji-Myung Kim, violin, performs Czardas by Vittorio Monti (1868-1922) with the Eastern Symphony Orchestra on October 27, 2020.



Evan Kelsick performs all four parts to "Tubamobile" by Thom Ritter George!



Rebecca Johnson, flute, and Cara Chowning, piano, perform La Soleá, from Cante Jondo by Elaine Fine. 



Rebecca Johnson, flute, and Cara Chowning, piano, perform La Lola from Cante Jondo by Elaine Fine. 





Faculty Teaching Demonstration Videos:

asdf In this video clip, students in the Basic Conducting Class practice conducting in preparation for their Holst Conducting Exam the following week. Each student in the class conducted a run-through of a short, pre-assigned excerpt. Then, each student receives comments and constructive criticisms from their peers and from Dr. Neal to help them frame their practice sessions as they prepare for the exam.


Student Performance Videos:


Sheridan Kelly (B.Mus '19 and current MA student) performs "Mein Herr Marquis" from Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss II.  Sheridan is a student of Dr. Julie Park.




Haley Harrison (B.Mus '22) performs the Clarinet Concertino in E-flat Major, Op. 26 by Carl Maria von Weber with the Eastern Symphony Orchestra on February 23rd, 2020.  Haley is a students of Dr. Magie Smith.





Thomas Karaunas (B.Mus '24) performs Robert Schumann's Widmung for the Lower College Division, Central Region NATS 2020 competition.  He is a student of Dr. Julie Park.   Congratulations to Thomas on his first place ranking!


Faculty Videos:

Jamie Ryan, percussion



Rebecca Johnson, flute



Paul Johnston, jazz piano


Alicia Neal, Director of Bands


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Contact Information

Music Department

Doudna Fine Arts Center
600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920

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