Thursday, October 14, 2010

Contest to write lyrics for new UIS school song

The University of Illinois Springfield music program is sponsoring a campus-wide contest to write lyrics for a new school song.

Entries should include no more than two verses and must include a title. All winning entries will be published as verses to the song. The deadline to submit entries is Wednesday, October 20, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. Complete contest materials are available online at One lucky lyricist will have their lyrics performed and recorded on a 40th Anniversary CD by the UIS Band and Chorus. Winners will be announced before the premiere performance at the 40th Anniversary Showcase Concert which begins at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, November 12, 2010 in the Sangamon Auditorium. Admission to the concert is free and open to the public.

Dr. William Davis, professor emeritus at the University of Georgia has been commissioned as part of UIS’ 40th anniversary to write the song titled Song and Spirit. The march is a 10 plus minute song that will be performed at various events on campus. Davis is the composer of other fight songs including the University of Kansas’ fight song, Fighting Jayhawk. This project was organized by UIS Music faculty Todd Cranson, supported by many on the UIS campus, and generously backed by Chancellor Richard Ringeisen.

UIS currently has one official school song, the UIS Fight Song – Look to the Stars, by Phillip Snow. Snow was a student at UIS at the time he composed the music and lyrics. The newly commissioned piece of music will be an exciting addition to the musical legacy of the UIS campus.

For more information contact Todd Cranson, UIS band director at 217/206-7549 or email

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