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Welcome to External Programs!

Our office links the College of Visual and Performing Arts's superb teaching faculty, students, and facilities with the people who live in the communities in and around DeKalb. We do this by finding the best teachers in the area to offer a wide variety of programs for children, teens, and adults.

News and Events


  • To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the first NIU world music concert and the establishment of NIU’s world music curriculum, the purpose of the symposium is to provide a platform for music educators, ethnomusicologists and musicologists, composers, performers, and interdisciplinary scholars in cultural studies to exchange innovative ideas about globalization in music practices in the 21st century. Check out the website for the Symposium here!


  • CSA Talent Scholarship Competition Winners:
    Elementary: Reilly Farrell (violin) and Brooke Stumm (violin)
    Junior: Annabelle Atkins (guitar) and Ben Rodriguez (cello)
    Senior: Chantel Davis (violin) and Jessica Luo (violin) 
    We would like to thank everyone who auditioned this year, all of the performances were wonderful and it was a pleasure to hear your work! We look forward to seeing you all again soon!
  • Congratulations to 18-year old Katherine Gallagher, winner of the 2014-2015 CSA Concerto Competition! She will perform Concerto No. 5 in A Minor, Mvt. 1, by Vieuxtemps, with the CSA Sinfonia on February 18, 2015. Katherine is a violin student of Almita Vamos.  All the auditions were wonderful; it was a great competition this year!
  • The website is updated for Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 and flyers have been mailed. Click here for a pdf version of the current flier and registration form. Call the office at (815) 753-1450 if you want to be on the mailing list.
  • Bring A Friend Days.  At the second rehearsal in spring, you are invited to experience Sinfonia, Symphonette, and Choir. Come to a free rehearsal of one of these fun ensembles.  We hope you'll have such a good time, you'll register for the semester!  


  • 2015 Camps:  NIU Jazz and Theatre Arts Camp Junior are July 12-17 and Visual Arts Camp and Theatre Arts Camp Senior are July 19-24.  Call the office at (815) 753-1450 if you want to be on the mailing list.

HS Days

  • Marching Band Competition - September 20
  • Choir Day - October 15
  • Jazz Day - February 6
  • Clarinet Cornucopia - On hiatus 2015
  • String Day - February 17
  • Jazz Combo Day - March 17
  • String Chamber Music Encounters April 17-18  More info HERE!
  • NIU Concert Band Festival - February 27; more information is available at www.regiment.org/band. All dates subject to change. 

Credit Classes

  • Registration is now open for Spring 2015!