Positioned at the heart of a world-renowned academic institution, the Department of Music offers graduate degrees in Composition, Ethnomusicology, and Music History and Theory. The Department also offers an undergraduate Bachelor of Arts degree in Music. Complementing them is a lively performance program that involves undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral students.

Latest News and Announcements

Six UChicago Alumni Receive Academic Appointments

We are pleased to announce that five recent graduates from the Department's PhD program and one current PhD candidate have received academic appointments at universities across the country. Congratulations to the following alumni and current student:

 George Adams, PhD candidate Humanities Teaching Fellow

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Music Department Faculty win Quantrell and Graduate Teaching Awards

Each year, the University recognizes faculty for exceptional teaching and mentoring with the Llewellyn John and Harriet Manchester Quantrell Awards, believed to be the nation’s oldest prize for undergraduate teaching, and the Faculty Awards for Excellence in Graduate Teaching and Mentoring. This year, two Department of Music Faculty are among the honorees: Bethold Hoeckner, Professor of Music and the Humanities in the College and Chair of the Department of Music, has been awarded the Quantrell prize, and Lawrence Zbikowski, Professor of Music and the Humanities in the College, has received the Graduate Teaching Award.

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Music Department Graduate Student wins 2018-19 AMS-Midwest IU Award

We’re pleased to announce that Andrew Malilay White has been chosen as winner of the 2018-19 American Musicological Society-Midwest’s Indiana University Press Award for his paper, “Teaching by Example: Changing Pedagogies of the Postclassical Thoroughbass.” The Indiana University Press Award is given in recognition of an outstanding student paper delivered at the spring meeting of the AMS Midwest Chapter.

Read an abstract from White’s paper below.

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Electronic musician’s offbeat approach melds sound with computer science

Like many other musicians, Sam Pluta can get lost in performance—head bobbing, fingers flying, shoulders shimmying. But on stage, he isn’t strumming a guitar or pounding a drum set. His instrument of choice is a computer.

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Two Music Department Faculty Members Selected for Franke Institute Faculty Fellowships

We’re thrilled to share the news that two of our Department of Music Faculty members have received Faculty Fellowships from the Franke Institute of Humanities for the 2019-20 academic year. Congratulations to Jessica Swanston Baker and Anna Schultz!

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