Young girl playing a piano in a recital
New Horizons Band Practicing
Children in music class
Children in music classes

Mission Statement:

  • To offer innovative music education experiences for area youth and adults.

  • To provide mentored teaching opportunities and experiences for UNI School of Music Students.

  • To establish a community-based partnership to promote and utilize the many resources and facets of cultural diversity at UNI and in the Cedar Valley


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The UNI Community Music School received full accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Music, joining over 650 other accredited universities and institutions across the country. The organization, founded in 1924, establishes the national standards for undergraduate and graduate education programs in the United States. More information can be found at

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Thursday, Apr 11, 2019
End of Year Recitals and Concerts!


Saturday, April 27th at 10:30am - Graham Hall

Saturday, April 27th at 11:30am - Bengtson Auditorium

Saturday, April 27th at 1:00pm - Bengtson Auditorium


UNI Children’s Choir Concert

The UNI Children’s Choir is free and open to the public.  We encourage guests to arrive early to get the best seat!


Friday, May 3rd at 7:00pm - Bengtson Auditorium


This spring’s concert will feature a special performance by the siblings in the group, guest student director Jacob Lesan, and I Had a Rooster, by Iowa composer Elaine Hagenberg.  


New Horizons Band

The New Horizons concert is free and open to the public.  A reception will follow the concert. Free will donation is appreciated.  Travis Toliver

Monday, May 6th at 7:30pm - Great Hall, GBPAC


Start the evening early with the UNI Brass ensemble Biscotti Brass, performing in the lobby prior to the concert.  This spring’s concert will feature many favorites, including the Armed Forces Salute, the Trombone Rag, featuring the trombone section, a guest performance from the UNI Percussion ensemble, and soloist Travis Toliver, performing a Cole Porter medley.  


Singing since the age of six, Travis Toliver has been an active musician throughout his life. Beginning as a boy soprano in the acclaimed Colorado Children’s Chorale to touring around the globe as a member of the World Youth Choir, Travis brings an exceptional amount of musical experience to the stage.


Travis attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and studied applied voice with Dr. Carol Kimball, singer and author. His operatic and musical theatre roles include:  Don Curzio in Le Nozze di Figaro, Papageno in Die Zauberflüte, Captain Hook in Peter Pan, Johnny Casino and Teen Angel in Grease, President Franklin D. Roosevelt in Annie, the Pirate King in Pirates of Penzance, and Lt. Brannigan in Guys and Dolls. Other opera credits include: Dido and Aeneas, Don Giovanni, Gianni Schicchi, La Catarina, The Medium, and The Mikado. Travis was as a chorus member with numerous symphony orchestras and under the baton of several acclaimed conductors around the world performing major works from Bach to Bernstein.  


Travis currently serves as the Executive Director for the Waverly Chamber of Commerce & Main Street  program and is happily married to his wife, Dr. Nicki Toliver, director and choral music educator at Wartburg College. Together, with their twin boys Carson and Tiegan, they enjoy living in Waverly, Iowa.


Monday, Feb 25, 2019
Camp Musicmania 2019 Moves to June 24th!

Good afternoon and good evening!Important Schedule Change Ahead

With the large number of "snow" days in Cedar Falls and Waterloo schools, we are faced with a dilemma regarding Camp Musicmania.  After reaching out to all the families and staff that have already agreed to work at camp this summer, we have decided to reschedule Camp Musicmania to June 24-28th.  

The two biggest reasons why we are changing the days for camp this year is......

1.  School may not be out in time.  We need kids to have a fun time at camp!

2.  The majority of our camp staff are teachers from Cedar Falls and Waterloo schools.  Even if the kids are out of school, the teachers still have Professional Development days, following the kids dismissal.  I need teachers to have a great camp for all the kiddos!

If you have already registered and submitted payment and will not be able to come during the week of June 24th.  Please contact me or the music department office so that we can issue you a refund.  Thank you for your patience and consideration!

Heather Hamilton

Director, UNI Community Music School

Tuesday, Jan 29, 2019
UNI Community Music School Closed Due to Weather

Due to the cold temperatures, there will be no lessons, UNI Children's Choir, or group classes until THURSDAY (1/31), as the University will be closed from noon, January 29th through noon January 31st.  Closed Due to Weather

UNICC members...check your email for some fun music to look at before the next/first rehearsal of the semester! 

Lesson students, contact your teacher(s) for scheduling a make-up lesson.

ALL CMS ACTIVITIES ARE CANCELLED IF THE UNIVERSITY IS CLOSED DUE TO WEATHER. If the public/private schools are closed due to weather, check with your individual private teacher to determine if he/she will be teaching as usual or to schedule a make-up lesson.