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Beneficence Records Releases Tunes from Tonic Ball

The brainchild of Ball State instructor Daniel Porter, Beneficence Records is a student-run, not-for-profit record label that promotes Indiana music while also supporting statewide causes through its distribution. Read more at

Hundreds of Students to Perform in School of Music's Debut at Carmel's Palladium

The Feb. 26 performance at the 1,600-seat concert hall will feature the school’s orchestra and wind ensemble and more than 200 choir singers. Read more.

From the School of Music, Tales of Real-World Industry Survival

Lectures by alumnus and Walk the Moon bass player Kevin Ray and a tour of a top music instrument dealer anchored a new class, Surviving the Music Industry. Read more.



Feature Days

students perform on stage playing the bassoon and oboe

Feature Days

Primarily geared towards high school students, the School of Music hosts a number of free instrument-focused Feature Days that include faculty and guest artist master classes and recitals as well as a variety of hands-on workshops. Learn more.

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Ball State Bands Conducting Workshop

This two-day workshop allows participants to conduct Ball State’s premiere bands while working with distinguished conductors and educators. Take a closer look.

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Band Day

High School Marching Bands are invited to experience the thrill of performing in Scheumann Stadium alongside the “Pride of Mid-America” Marching Band. Learn how to register your band.

male students performing with saxophones on stage

Larry McWilliams
Dimensions in Jazz Festival

The Larry McWilliams Dimensions in Jazz Festival attracts over 35 high school jazz bands annually from across the state and includes jazz band and combo competitions, clinics and an evening concert featuring the two winning bands from the day’s competition. Register your jazz band.

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Festival of New Music

Now in its 48th year, the Festival of New Music spans three days and is comprised of four concerts featuring works by composers from across the country including Ball State student and faculty composers. Learn more.

choral production with students and conductor on stage

High School Choral Invitational

High School concert choirs from around the region come together to share choral music and to receive coaching from Ball State’s choral faculty. Learn more.

female student playing a baritone on stage

High School Honor Band Festival

Each fall, talented high school musicians from across the state come together for two days of rehearsals that culminate in a performance on the Sursa Hall stage with a distinguished conductor. Learn more.

statesmen choir performing on stage

Statesmen and Women’s Chorus Side-by-Side

High school singers join the Ball State Statesmen and Women’s Chorus for a day of voice strengthening, musical instruction, and the unique camaraderie of treble-voice and bass-voice choirs. Learn more.

Benefic Chamber students play violins

Benefic Chamber Music Camp

The Benefic Chamber Music Camp is a one-week camp for high school musicians through the first years of college. Students work closely with faculty from Ball State, Indiana University, University of Cincinnati, and Michigan State University as well as from the Indianapolis and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestras. Learn more.

Music for All Summer Symposium

Providing life-changing experiences for over forty years, the Music for All Summer Symposium is an exciting one-week summer camp for middle and high school musicians. Take a closer look.

Sursa Hall from the balcony

Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition

Now entering its 14th year, the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition will return to Ball State University in November of 2017 for the competition’s North American preliminary round. The top three pianists from this round will receive complimentary roundtrip airfare to the continuing stages of the competition in Hastings, England. Learn more.

organ in Sursa Performance Hall

Sursa American Organ Competition

In partnership with the Moscow Conservatory’s International A. F. Goedicke Organ Competition, the Sursa American Organ Competition attracts some of the finest young organists in North and South America. Learn how you can apply to or attend the competition.

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The School of Music is home to two cutting-edge recital halls, nearly 10,000 square feet of dedicated recording studio space, and a plethora of practice rooms, rehearsal spaces, classrooms, and teaching studios. Take a closer look.