“My years at Illinois were ones which were crucial to my early development as a musician, a thinker, a person, and a leader, and formed a solid foundation for my 30-year career in leadership in music and arts education.”

— Jeff Kimpton (B.S.’73; M.S.’75),
President, world-renowned arts education institution,
Interlochen Center for the Arts, in Michigan

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The School of Music boasts 7800 alums, many of whom are award-winning music educators, performers, composers, musicologists, and administrators. The internationally-known alumni include Fulbright Scholars, Pulitzer Prize recipients and Grammy Award winners. They are creative—they are innovators; several are entrepreneurs of their own businesses. Others are on the world stages in operas; many hold principal positions in orchestras and in the United States Armed Services bands while others are conductors of outstanding choirs. Many teach young children; others educate teenagers and college students; yet, others teach in private studios.

Alumni News

The School is extremely proud of all of its graduates and their accomplishments. Learn more about them by opening the Alumni News section or read about them in sonorities —the School of Music's alumni magazine.

Visiting Campus? Let Us Know!

You are invited to visit campus and make an appointment with one of your former professors or the director of the school. All efforts will be made to connect you with the person with whom you would like to share your suggestions, concerns, or just re-establish communication.

If you would like to set up a visit or share your achievements with us, please contact Janet Manning, Coordinator, Alumni Relations and Development, at (217) 333-6452 or You may also mail news clippings or other articles to Janet at the following address: School of Music, University of Illinois, 1114 W. Nevada Street, Urbana, IL 61801.

Make a Gift Online!

You may make your charitable gifts online. The University of Illinois Foundation offers a secure website allowing you to make your gifts using your credit card. Click here to make your gift. Be sure to indicate that your gift is designated for the School of Music.

1964 Symphony Orchestra Tour On-Line "Reunion"

"Online Reunion" for the 1964 Symphony Orchestra tour ongoing through 2004. Alumni may participate by visiting

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