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

Plena Libre Appointed Ensemble-In-Residence at the University of Chicago for 2019-20 Season

Grammy-nominated group to bring Puerto Rican genres to new generation

Chicago (Hyde Park) – Contemporary masters Plena Libre have been appointed the Don Michael Randel Ensemble-in-Residence at the University of Chicago for the 2019-20 season. 

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Grossman Ensemble project sparks surge of creative energy

Marking a new era in new music for this city of proud musical institutions, December 2018 brought the formal debut of the Grossman Ensemble as a contemporary sinfonietta comprising thirteen nationally known, entrepreneurially minded, award-winning instrumentalists who have made a commitment to collaborate with a dozen or more composers each season. 

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Wet Ink, co-directed by Assistant Professor Sam Pluta, named Best Ensemble of 2018 by The New York Times

Last week The New York Times printed its list of "Best Classical Music of 2018," naming Wet Ink the best ensemble. Assistant Professor of Composition Sam Pluta is one seven world class composers, improvisers, and interpreters that collaborate to co-direct the ensemble.

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Anna C. Schultz receives Society of Ethnomusicology's Jaap Kunst Prize Honorable Mention

The Department of Music is pleased to share the news that Associate Professor of Music and the Humanities Anna C. Schultz has received the Jaap Kunst Prize 2018 Honorable Mention for her article "Translated Fronts: Songs of Socialist Cosmopolitanism in Cold War India." History and Anthropology 28, no. 1 (2017): 1-22.

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Faculty and Graduate Students Recognized at the 2018 American Musicological Society Annual Meeting

The Department of Music is delighted to share the wonderful news that our faculty and graduate students were recognized at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the American Musicological Society in San Antonio for winning major awards and fellowships. 

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