Beyond the Classroom

To generate and develop audiences, today’s musician must reach beyond the concert hall. DePauw musicians regularly perform in atypical spaces and places such as coffee houses, restaurants, senior centers and outdoor venues. With more than 200 events each year, there is a wealth of activities to enhance your music education.

Performances in Atypical Venues

Pop-up Performances

If you spend any time on the DePauw University campus, you are likely to witness an impromptu performance at any moment. "Pop-up" concerts are frequent events at DePauw as students showcase pieces from upcoming performances in an effort to generate new audiences for their work. You might also hear them performing on the lawn or in the quad as a way to bring music to faculty, staff and students in the midst of a hectic day.


Connected to a college of liberal arts, the DePauw University School of Music is dedicated to not only developing 21st-century musicians, but also 21st-century audiences who find the value of music in a life well lived. For this reason, the DePauw School of Music hosts DePauwPalooza, an informal outdoor music celebration, at the start of each academic year.

Held in Bowman Park and the lawn of the Green Center for the Performing Arts, DePauwPalooza exposes all DePauw students, faculty, and staff to performances by large ensembles, chamber ensembles, and performers showcasing upcoming events.


Percussion@Peeler, held in DePauw’s Richard E. Peeler Art University Galleries, is a highlight of each season. Performances of contemporary music are presented – both composed and improvised–in conjunction with the current exhibition of contemporary art.

Recent collaborations have included “Transfer: Pictures and Music in a Remix Culture, How Soon is Now, PERCUSSION SANS FRONTIERES,” in conjunction with the exhibit Experimental Geography, and “Percussion for a Crowded Planet: Making Do with Less,” in conjunction with the exhibition Beyond Green: Toward a Sustainable Art, and Past in Reverse: Contemporary Art of East Asia.


Green Guest Artist and Artists-in-Residence

As the musical world evolves, 21st-century musicians must have first-hand experience with the successful performers and innovators of today. The Green Guest Artists and Artists-in-Residence provide just such experiences.

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Music on the Square

Music on the Square, a community music space, fosters courageous music making. One-on-one lessons for community members, adult-learner classes and radical, breathtaking performances, are just some of the offerings.

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Living Composers

Interaction with living composers provides a fresh and insightful perspective on the modern musical world. This year, DePauw welcomes award-winning composer Jennifer Higdon.

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National and International Touring

The musical world is shrinking. Concert touring is a vital and necessary experience for today’s musician. Our ensembles have recently performed in China, Austria, England, and Brazil, and throughout Europe.

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21st-Century Musician

The 21st-Century Musician Initiative is a complete re-imagining of the skills, tools, and experiences necessary to create musicians of the future instead of the past. is an online, professional resource created expressly to help serious musicians thrive, not just survive, in today’s modern musical landscape. The site combines a magazine focused on people, organizations, projects and innovations with live events, and educational tools.

Explore the World of a 21st-Century Musician

Green Concert: Judson Green and Eighth Element in 2015