Music Building

The Music Building houses the School of Music and the Music Library. It also contains two performance halls: Boutell Memorial Concert Hall and Recital Hall.

550 Lucinda Ave, DeKalb, IL 60115


Upcoming Events

NIU Philharmonic

Concerto Competition Winners Danko Drusko, director Academic Festival Overture by Johannes Brahms Piano Concerto No. 5 “Emperor” by Ludwig van...

2/20, 8 PM
Michael Vaschur

Senior Tuba Recital

2/23, 5 PM
Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Campus Strings

Linc Smelser, director There will be a free pre-concert talk by the Music Director, in the Recital Hall at 6:30 p.m. Symphony No. 4 in B-flat Major, Op....

2/23, 7:30 PM
Paul Perrilles

Junior Percussion Recital The Colonel by Joe Sanders Decoration by Troy Roberts Midday by Paul Perrilles My Romance by Richard Rogers & Lorenz Hart Dean...

2/24, 3 PM
James Russell Brown

Faculty Organ Recital Praeludium in E minor (“The Great”) by Nicolaus Bruhns Pastorale (Op. 19) by César Franck Salamanca, from Trois Préludes...

2/24, 5 PM

Recent Events

William Helmers


Tom Hooten


Tsai-Rung Li


Recent Activity

Henry Leonard

Henry Leonard left a positive review 12/1/2018

This was a terrific concert! My wife and I enjoyed it greatly!

Pen Novus

Pen Novus left a review 11/14/2018

I love the Philharmonic concerts in terms of the music chosen and the obvious skill of the students, but the extended commentary before every piece makes the concerts harder to enjoy. It almost feels like a cheat to have the entire piece explained before it's played, especially when the word choice doesn't always seem careful. During this particular concert, which I could only manage on the webcast, a comment was made about a "pagan orgy" and "savage" percussion, which I don't imagine was said with the intent of racism, but came across pretty unfortunately. Overall, the music is always good and I love to support the music students. Classical music that I can count on being played well is a real pleasure, but extended and at least somewhat bias commentary takes away from the real reason I love these concerts.

Paul Kassel

Paul Kassel left a positive review 11/12/2018

A wonderful evening of opera scenes and songs! The students were just terrific--in great voice with lots of stage presence. It was funny, moving, and gloriously. Kudos to Maestro Drusko and Stage Director, Matthew Romriell. There was also a mildly amusing turn by a special guest at the end that included tap dancing and juggling. ;)

Frances Moon

Frances Moon left a positive review 10/9/2018

It exceeded my expectations. I enjoyed the programming very much. It's a wonderful but underused resource for our community.

Michael Mackey

Michael Mackey left a positive review 10/12/2018

Great evening of wonderful jazz. A real treat to hear such talented musicians in our own back yard.

Caroline Weaver

Caroline Weaver left a positive review 10/9/2018

It was fantastic! My only wish would be that it started at 7 so I wasn't driving home alone from DeKalb at 10:30 at night.

Martin E. Aburto

Martin E. Aburto left a positive review 10/3/2018

Great show. I like the variety of music. It was an intense performance for the musicians. from soft to loud , from sober to festive. congratulations to all. We enjoyed every piece.

Paul Kassel

Paul Kassel left a positive review 9/30/2018

A wonderful display of talent! Great variety of music, too!

Danko Drusko

Danko Drusko posted a photo 10/1/2018


Exaelitus left a positive review 4/22/2018

Very fabtabulous. Totally worth walking for an hour to attend. I hope to see more of them in the future.