Emens Auditorium
Experience the power of live performance.

Ball State University's sixth president, John R. Emens (1945-1968), had a dream. He envisioned a "campus of the future" complete with an auditorium "large enough to house most college functions as well as major symphonies, Broadway productions, ballets, and other forms of entertainment for Muncie and east central Indiana audiences." 



For over 50 years, John R. Emens College-Community Auditorium has fostered a greater appreciation for the performing arts in East Central Indiana, inspiring lifelong learning, multicultural literacy, and creativity. With a diverse array of artists, productions, and celebrities, Emens continues to present entertainment from the traditional to the innovative. Help us continue this legacy by donating to the performing arts to enhance and enrich the lives of our campus and community. 



“I will always consider Emens the beginning of my choice of a music career and of BSU as my university! I attended Mid America Music Camp in the summerof 1965- took a voice lesson with Don Neuen and immediately decided to become a music educator! We did our concerts in Emens that summer and then I received both my BS and MS in Music Education from Ball State. I was in University Singers for 3 years and will always remember our performances there- Spectacular and with few with visiting celebrities. Those were wonderful memories both onstage and in the audience!“

– Julia Ann Church/Scherer


“As a child growing up in Muncie, my parents worked for BSU. We went to a lotof shows. My HS Graduation was held there. Now I share shows with my grandchildren. Blue man, Stomp, Jeff Irwin. Looking forward to Sound of Music.” – Terre Varner


“My favorite memory in Emens was winning Air Jam with my Pi Beta Phi sisters and the brothers of Theta Chi in 2016! It was especially exciting to win because it was a "three-peat" win for Pi Phi! I have always loved dancing and performing, so it was a blast to have an experience like that on the Emens stage!” – Chloe Babusiak



See what people are sharing about One Ball State Day 2021!
6,323 Gifts Unlocks $3,000 for the Multicultural Center
Upon receiving 6,323 gifts, $3,000 will be unlocked for the new Multicultural Center!
6,323 / 6,323 Gifts
Unlock $3,000 for Student Emergency Aid
Upon receiving 6,323 gifts (beating last year's total number of gifts), $3,000 will be unlocked for Student Emergency Aid!
6,323 / 6,323 Gifts
New Challenge - 2 Areas Will Win $1,000
From 7-8pm, two of the non-academic/non-athletic areas with the most donors will each receive $1,000.
Rank Prize Areas Donors
1 $1,000 Ball State Student Media 16
2 $1,000 Spectrum 12
3 Dance Marathon 7
4 Fraternity and Sorority Life 6
5 Multicultural Center 6
5 Hours, 5 Areas, $1,000 Each
The 5 areas that raise the most money from 7pm-Midnight will each receive $1,000!
Rank Prize Department Raised
1 $1,000 Athletics $30,956.02
2 $1,000 Theatre & Dance $17,061.74
3 $1,000 Indiana Academy $9,981.41
4 $1,000 College of Architecture & Planning $4,541.68
5 $1,000 Center for Information & Communication Sciences $4,046.26
Noon Challenge
The department/unit/team that has the most donors by noon receives $5,000 in challenge funds.
Rank Prize Department, Unit, or Team Donors
1 $5,000 Theatre & Dance 377
2 Athletics 329
3 The Ball State Fund 161
4 Student Scholarships 109
5 College of Architecture & Planning 102
Most Donors Challenge
The department/unit/team that has the most donors by midnight will receive $5,000 in challenge funds.
Rank Prize Areas Donors
1 $5,000 College of Fine Arts 1,292
2 Theatre & Dance 1,023
3 Athletics 888
4 Teachers College 726
5 College of Communication, Information, and Media 708
Top 5 Donor Challenge
The five units with the most donors by midnight will each receive $1,000
Rank Prize Department Donors
1 $1,000 Theatre & Dance 1,023
2 $1,000 Athletics 888
3 $1,000 Indiana Academy 261
4 $1,000 School of Music 191
5 $1,000 College of Architecture & Planning 187
Evening Leaderboard
The needs of our students are greater than ever! The five areas with the most donors between 8pm-11pm will each receive $1,000 for their area!
Rank Prize Department Donors
1 $1,000 Theatre & Dance 323
2 $1,000 Athletics 169
3 $1,000 Miller Business Honors Program 81
4 $1,000 Indiana Academy 62
5 $1,000 Spectrum 61
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