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Cook Hall

Location:
Cook Hall 200 S. University Street
Normal, IL

Cook Hall contains Illinois State University’s School of Music and serves as a practice area for many music students.

One of Illinois State’s most interesting buildings and the oldest one still standing on the Quad, Cook Hall was originally built to be a gymnasium. It was completed in 1897 and was named after Jesse Williston Cook, the University’s 4th President (1890–1899). He earned his diploma in 1865 from Illinois State Normal University and in 1876 he became a Professor of Mathematics.

The building has also been known as the “Old Castle” or “The Gymnasium.” The Governor at the time, John Altgeld, had a great liking for medieval castles and insisted all new state construction during his term in office resemble castles. You’ll find a Cook Hall look-alike at many other state schools; they are called “Altgeld’s Folly.”

Past Events

September 2016

Chamber Music Clinic with Boston Brass

Date:
Thursday, September 15th 2016
Time:
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

For additional information contact the band office 309-438-2166

Breathing Gym Clinic with Boston Brass

Date:
Thursday, September 15th 2016
Time:
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

For additional information contact the band office 309-438-2166

Audition Day – Music Students

Date:
Saturday, September 24th 2016
Time:
8:00 am - 12:00 pm

For additional information contract Janet Tulley (309)438-3566

July 2017

Concerts on the Quad: Future Stuff

Date:
Monday, July 3rd 2017
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The series opens with this young duo - often described as Tedeschi Trucks Band meets The White Stripes meets Shakey Graves - whose fun vintage folk/pop style keeps audiences on the edge of their seats while tearing at heart strings.    

Concerts on the Quad – Ameranouche

Date:
Monday, July 10th 2017
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The award-winning Ameranouche (pronounced uh-Mare-uh-noosh) plays a passionate style of music: a super force of hot acoustic Gypsy-inspired mix of Flamenco, Bebop, and Jazz swing influences.

Concerts on the Quad – April Verch Band

Date:
Monday, July 17th 2017
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Bow. Feet. Vox. A trifecta of talent, April Verch tours with world-class musicians as a trio, stepping, singing, and fiddling with a fresh and feisty approach to deep North American traditions.

Concerts on the Quad – Singing under the Stars

Date:
Monday, July 24th 2017
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Illinois State University faculty and guests sing favorites from the operatic and Broadway stages.

Concerts on the Quad – Evening of Jazz

Date:
Monday, July 31st 2017
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Enjoy a night of contemporary jazz featuring David Hoffman & Friends.

August 2017

Advising Convocation – BA/BS

Date:
Tuesday, August 29th 2017
Time:
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Music Business

October 2017

Brass Day with special guest: Froydis Ree Werke, horn

Date:
Sunday, October 1st 2017
Time:
1:00 pm - 6:00 pm

For information on this event please visit the website: ISUBrass.com

August 2018

BA/BS Convocation Hour

Date:
Monday, August 27th 2018
Time:
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

For additional information contact Judith Dicker (309)438-5287

BM Student Convocation Hour

Date:
Thursday, August 30th 2018
Time:
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

For additional information contact Gina Dew (309)438-7265

April 2019

Project 122 Marimba Duo

Date:
Monday, April 1st 2019
Time:
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Guest Artist Matt Jacklin, Director of Percussion Studies at Olivent Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, will play marimba with ISU Faculty, Ben Stiers.

Late Night Percussion Studio Recital

Date:
Sunday, April 28th 2019
Time:
10:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Percussion students perform

Late Night Percussion Recital

Date:
Sunday, April 28th 2019
Time:
10:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Student performance

July 2019

Concerts on the Quad: Appalatin

Date:
Monday, July 1st 2019
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The series starts off with a bang with an organic fusion of Appalachian folk and high-energy Latin music! Rain Policy: In the event of inclement weather, concerts will be moved to the Concert Hall in the Center for the Performing Arts.   The building is located on the southeast corner of the Quad, next to Williams Hall. Listen to radio stations WGLT (89.1 FM), WBNQ (101.5 FM), or WJBC (1230 AM) after 5 p.m. on conert days for announcements of site…

Concerts on the Quad: Jodi Beach Trio

Date:
Monday, July 8th 2019
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Embark on a sentimental journey of melodies and lyrics with noted chanteuse Jodi Beach.   Rain Policy: In the event of inclement weather, concerts will be moved to the Concert Hall in the Center for the Performing Arts.   The building is located on the southeast corner of the Quad, next to Williams Hall. Listen to radio stations WGLT (89.1 FM), WBNQ (101.5 FM), or WJBC (1230 AM) after 5 p.m. on conert days for announcements of site changes. For information…

Concerts on the Quad: Good Morning Bedlam

Date:
Monday, July 15th 2019
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Come watch the series debut of a group that has become an innovative force in the Midwest folk scene.   The band's name says it all. Rain Policy: In the event of inclement weather, concerts will be moved to the Concert Hall in the Center for the Performing Arts.   The building is located on the southeast corner of the Quad, next to Williams Hall. Listen to radio stations WGLT (89.1 FM), WBNQ (101.5 FM), or WJBC (1230 AM) after 5 p.m.…

Concerts on the Quad: Evening of Contemporary Jazz – Tom Marko and the Inner Light

Date:
Monday, July 22nd 2019
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

An evening of contemporary jazz led by one of Illinois State's very own. Rain Policy: In the event of inclement weather, concerts will be moved to the Concert Hall in the Center for the Performing Arts.   The building is located on the southeast corner of the Quad, next to Williams Hall. Listen to radio stations WGLT (89.1 FM), WBNQ (101.5 FM), or WJBC (1230 AM) after 5 p.m. on conert days for announcements of site changes. For information or to…

Concerts on the Quad: Singing Under the Stars

Date:
Monday, July 29th 2019
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Illinois State University faculty and guests sing favorites from the operatic and Broadway stages. Rain Policy: In the event of inclement weather, concerts will be moved to the Concert Hall in the Center for the Performing Arts.   The building is located on the southeast corner of the Quad, next to Williams Hall. Listen to radio stations WGLT (89.1 FM), WBNQ (101.5 FM), or WJBC (1230 AM) after 5 p.m. on conert days for announcements of site changes. For information or…

August 2019

Advising Convocation – BM/Minors

Date:
Tuesday, August 27th 2019
Time:
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Advising Convocation – BA/BS

Date:
Tuesday, August 27th 2019
Time:
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Advising Convocation – BMED

Date:
Tuesday, August 27th 2019
Time:
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

September 2019

Guest Artist Masterclass: Marie Speziale, trumpet

Date:
Monday, September 23rd 2019
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

For additional information contact Dr. Anne McNamara (309)438-2388