Pearl Franz/WSIU

The annual Harrisburg Bluegrass and Bar B Que Festival was held on Saturday, October 5th, 2019, and attracted a variety of food and craft vendors, plus, a lot of live bluegrass music.

Eric Combs
Eric Combs

Carbondale, IL – As the band director of Richland County Middle School for 12 years, Eric Combs uses music education to inspire students to reach for their goals and to always keep climbing. 

The African Children's Choir has been touring the world for over three decades, and they have performed for Queen Elizabeth II, Sir Paul McCartney, Keith Urban, as well as countless churches across the United States.

Girls Rock Carbondale

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller previews Girls Rock Carbondale 2019 with Organizer Carson Cates.

Ellie Sullivan/SIU-C Vocal Performance Student

The Sigma Alpha Iota fraternity at SIU Carbondale is organizing an instrument drive to collect, not only instruments, but music supplies.  The collection will run through May 5th. 

NPR's series "American Anthem" is striking a chord across the country.

Murphysboro's Gary Hart says "an 'anthem' is more than a song. An anthem is the right song heard by the right person and the right time in the right circumstances."

To that end, Hart has crafted his own "American Anthem," and shared it with us.

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Matt Garrison says bandmates in Bloomington-Normal cajoled him out of a seven-year music hiatus that began with the birth of his son nine years ago.

WSIU InFocus: SIU Guitar Festival

Nov 8, 2017

The SIU Guitar Festival takes place on Friday November 10th, 2017 and Saturday November 11th, 2017.  In addition to a variety of concerts with international guitar experts, there will be several workshops.  Some of the music will be based on the Jazz style, and on this edition of WSIU InFocus, we visit with Dr. Isaac Lausell, who leads the guitar program at the SIU-Carbondale School of Music.

UPDATE: Schreiner died in January 2020. Read his full obituary here.

Lee Schreiner of Rockford doesn’t play the piano or sing. He’s a physics teacher with multiple degrees from Northern Illinois University. But his hobby of collecting wartime sheet music has grown over the years.

Prince — the Purple One, who reeled off pop hits in five different decades — has died at age 57. The shocking news was confirmed by Prince's publicist after reports that police were investigating a death at his Paisley Park compound outside Minneapolis.

"It is with profound sadness that I am confirming that the legendary, iconic performer Prince Rogers Nelson has died at his Paisley Park residence this morning at the age of 57," publicist Yvette Noel-Schure said. "There are no further details as to the cause of death at this time."

Ed Benyas
SI Music Festival

WSIU Radio's Jennifer Fuller interviews Southern Illinois Symphony Maestro Edward Benyas about the upcoming season.