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

Professor Philip V. Bohlman receives the 2017 Fumio Koizumi Prize in Ethnomusicology

We are proud to announce that Philip V. Bohlman, the Ludwig Rosenberger Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Music and the College, has been awarded the 2017 Fumio Koizumi Prize in Ethnomusicology.

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University Professor Augusta Read Thomas to premiere new opera featuring beatbox artist Nicole Paris in October 2019

Santa Fe Opera announced the October 2019 premiere of Sweet Potato Kicks the Sun by composer and University Professor Augusta Read Thomas and librettist Leslie Dunton-Downer, featuring Nicole Paris, Beatbox Artist, Composer, Chef, Actress, and public figure.

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Imani Winds final week as Ensemble-in-Residence culminates with two public performances

Imani Winds returns to campus for the final week as the Don Michael Randel Ensemble-in-Residence. The musicians will participate in a range of activities that culminates with two public performances.

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PhD Candidate Ailsa Lipscombe wins Charlotte Frisbie Student Paper Prize

Ailsa Lipscombe, Doctoral Student in Music History and Theory, was awarded the 2017 Charlotte Frisbie Student Paper Prize. Lipscombe's paper Disembodiment as Disempowerment: Indigenous Vocal Performance in Disney’s Frozen won the prize. 

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Professor Robert Kendrick elected to Academy of Arts and Sciences

Professor of Music Robert Kendrick, along with 15 other UChicago faculty members, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation’s most prestigious honorary societies.

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