RIGOR, CREATIVITY, INNOVATION

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

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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Music History/Theory PhD Student Siavash Sabetrohani receives DAAD Research Fellowship

We’re pleased to share the news that PhD student Siavash Sabetrohani has received a 10-month Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst Research Fellowship for the upcoming year. Sabetrohani will spend the 2019-20 academic year in Berlin, working mostly at the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin (StaBi), looking at 18th-century documents from and about music theorists active in Berlin at the time.

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Two Department of Music Students Awarded Stuart Tave Teaching Fellowships

Each year, the College provides up to five Stuart Tave Teaching Fellowships, allowing graduate students to teach one undergraduate course of their own design in their home department. We’re pleased to share the news that Devon J. Borowski and Andrew Malilay White have received fellowships for the 2019-20 academic year. 

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Assistant Professor Sam Pluta named 2019 Guggenheim Fellow

We’re proud to share the news that Assistant Professor Sam Pluta has received a 2019 Guggenheim Fellowship! Pluta is one of five University of Chicago scholars who earned the award. Guggenheim Fellowships are intended for individuals who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts.

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