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

Announcing the new Chicago Center for Contemporary Composition and inaugural Postdoctoral Fellow

The University of Chicago has established the Chicago Center for Contemporary Composition, which will serve as a collaborative environment for the creation, performance and study of music, as well as the advancement of the careers of emerging and established composers, performers and scholars.

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Augusta Read Thomas Featured in Gramophone's Contemporary Composer Series

Augusta Read Thomas, Professor of Composition at the University of Chicago, has been profiled in Gramophone's Contemporary Composer series. The article provides a comprehensive overview, and serves as entree into her expansive body of work. Further, some insight is given into Ms. Thomas' creative process and aims. Click here for the full article.

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Apply Now for the 2017 Chamber Music Intensive

A four-day summer workshop for experienced amateur and professional-track student musicians.

July 13-16, 2017

This summer Spektral Quartet and the University of Chicago Department of Music present the fourth annual Chamber Music Intensive, in partnership with the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts.

Learn more!

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Imani Winds Returns to Campus this January for Winter Quarter Residency Activities

The Grammy Nominated quintet, Imani Winds, is back on campus January 16th through 20th for the second part of their two-year residency at the University of Chicago. During their five-day visit, the ensemble will participate in a variety of academic and performance related activities in the Department of Music. Their winter quarter residency culminates in a concert with University of Chicago Presents on Friday, January 20.

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Meet Artist-in-Residence, Daniel Pesca

Pianist and composer Daniel Pesca joined the Music Department in the fall of 2016 as lecturer and Director of the Chamber Music Program. We asked Daniel a few questions to get to know him better. 

How did you get started in music? 

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