Noontime Performers


Every weekday from Noon-1pm UIUC students share their musical talents in the Courtyard Café & lower-level food court.


Become a Noontime Performer

  • Are you a current UIUC student?
  • Can you sing?
  • Do you play an instrument?
  • Can you play enough material to fill an hour?
  • Does your music style fit a coffee house atmosphere?

Perform weekly in the Illini Union

Noontime Performers get paid to perform weekly in the Illini Union Courtyard Café and lower-level food court, using their musical talents to promote a relaxing atmosphere for the lunch-hour crowd. 


Audition for the 2024-2025 School Year


Saturday, April 20 | 12-2pm | Courtyard Café

Auditions are first come, first served. Those auditioning will need to perform a total of three songs. One of the three songs must be selected from the list below:

  • Wonderwall – Oasis
  • World’s Smallest Violin – AJR
  • I’m Yours – Jason Mraz
  • Part Of Your World – from The Little Mermaid
  • Ceilings – Lizzie McAlpine
  • Archer – Taylor Swift
  • Driver’s License – Olivia Rodrigo
  • Nobody – Mitski
  • Slipping Through My Fingers – ABBA
  • I Will Always Love You – Either the Whitney Houston or Dolly Parton versions

Sign up to audition



Noontime performers will be expanding to the ARC this Spring semester.

Shrenik Balaji will perform in January:  23rd, and 30th
Daniel Kiernan will perform in February:  6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th
Shrenik Balaji will perform in March:  5th, 19th, and 26th
Emily Dziengel will perform in April:  2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th

The 2023-2024 Noontime Performers are:

Weekday Performer Instrument Location
Monday Jared Buabeng Acoustic Guitar Courtyard Café
  Jamie Lee Guitar Food Court
Tuesday Idris Ispandi Guitar Courtyard Café
Wednesday Connor Lasalle and Zain Buchu Guitar/Vocal & Guitar Courtyard Café
  Emily Dziengel Guitar/Piano Food Court
Thursday Daniel Kiernan Guitar Courtyard Café
Friday Lilianna Fehr Piano Courtyard Café
  Shrenik Balaji Guitar and Piano Food Court