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?
  • 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 2023-2024 School Year


Noontime Performer Auditions December 2 | 12 pm - 2 pm | Courtyard Cafe

Sign up to audition!

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

 Email Illini Union Courtyard for additional information


The 2023-2024 Noontime Performers are:

Weekday Performer Instrument Location
Monday Jared Buabeng Acoustic Guitar Courtyard Café
  Gabe Perez Piano Courtyard Café
Tuesday Abraham Han Guitar & Piano Courtyard Café
  Celia Aranda Guitar Food Court
Wednesday Idris Ispandi Guitar Courtyard Café
Thursday Daniel Kiernan Guitar Courtyard Café
Friday Lilianna Fehr Piano Courtyard Café
  Shrenik Balaji Guitar and Piano Food Court