Music Department Events

The Coe College Music Department hosts a variety of events throughout the year that students from elementary, middle and high schools around the state can attend! Below you can find one space for all of the department events!

Eastern Iowa Flute Workshop

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Hosted by Coe College Flute Instructor Rose Bishop and the Coe College Music Department.

For more information, visit the Eastern Iowa Flute Workshop page!

Join us for classes for all ages and skill levels on the All-State and Honor Band Auditions, Performance Anxiety, Alexander Technique, Practice like a Professional, Flute Choir, a Presentation from Flute Authority, and chance to try new flutes and piccolos and more! Band directors are welcome to join and play flute in all of the classes as well. Additionally, students have the option to participate in the Solo Competition for a chance to win several exciting prizes!

Music Department Extravaganza: Winter@Coe

December 2, 2022 at 6 pm in Eby Fieldhouse Gym

New this year! The Coe College Music Department presents "The Music Department Extravaganza: Winter@Coe!" An event to bring the campus and community together and celebrate the end of the semester and the upcoming holiday season.

In conjunction with the Office of the President, Friends of Music at Coe and the Students Activities Committee, this event will feature all of the music ensembles performing contemporary music and even some holiday favorites. There will be delicious treats to enjoy while listening to the music and singing along! After the concert, stick around for a screening of the movie, "Elf!"

This event is free and open to all of campus and the community! We hope you can join us!

Introducing: Vocal Jazz Summit 2023!

February 22, 2023, in Sinclair Auditorium

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The Coe College Music Department is excited to announce the first annual Vocal Jazz Summit! This event will become a regular addition to the normal Jazz Summit hosted each year! To learn more about the event or register your group, visit here: Vocal Jazz Summit

Coe College Jazz Summit

Jazz Summit 2023: February 23-25, 2023 featuring international saxophonist and educator, RAY BLUE!
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To find out more information or register your school, visit the Jazz Summit page!

Learn more about Jazz Summit:

Held annually the last weekend in February, the Jazz Summit features appearances by jazz musicians from throughout the nation and has even, on four occasions, attracted international artists (2000 - Delbert Bernabela, Ivan Quandus; 1994 - Jim Mair, Canada; 1995 - Delbert Bernabela, Ivan Quandus, and Carlos Bislip, Aruba and Victor Mestas, Venezuela; 1996 - Ignacio Berroa, Cuba). School jazz bands and enthusiastic jazz aficionados from throughout the Midwest flock to Coe College to get clinics from the guests and to hear them perform. The Jazz Summit was founded in 1992 and continues a tradition of jazz festivals at Coe College that stretches back to the 1970's. During this period, the festival has grown from an afternoon event with an evening concert, to a three-day festival encompassing clinics, workshops, a jazz band competition which accommodates almost 2000 musicians from ninety different high school and middle school jazz bands, an awards ceremony and the Grand Finale concert featuring the jazz ensemble from Coe College and performances by the guest artist. 

The predecessor of the Jazz Summit was called the Horizons Jazz Festival and featured artists ranging from Ed Shaughnessy and Count Basie to John Scofield and Rich Matteson. Coe also has a long history of hosting jazz events in a concert setting. Guests have included Danny Barber, The Motion Poets, Richard Stoltzman, The United States Army Jazz Ambassadors, The Either/Orchestra, Bobby Shew and Chick Corea with Bob Berg, John Patitucci and Gary Novak. And it's been a few years, but even the great Louis Armstrong has graced the stage of Sinclair Auditorium. 

Coe College Festival of Bands

The 2023 Festival of Bands will feature guest composer/conductor Quincy Hilliard, including the following concerts:Quincy HIlliard conducting.jpeg
Elementary Honor Band: Saturday, April 1
Junior and Senior Honor Bands: March 26 and April 2
The Gala Concert with the Coe College Concert Band: Saturday, April 1
For more information, visit the Festival of Bands page!
The Coe College Festival Band's Elementary, Junior and Senior Honor Bands feature students nominated and selected from schools around the state. Each year, a guest composer is invited to work with the selected students on the composers own pieces and then conduct their pieces at the final concerts. In addition to working with the guest composer, students selected for the 16th Annual Coe College Elementary Honor Band will rehearse with a guest conductor.  The Coe College Junior Honor Band will be directed by Steve Shanley and the Coe College Senior Honor Band will be directed by Dr. William S. Carson.