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

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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Ashkan Behzadi has been named to 2019-20 Postdoctoral Researcher with the Chicago Center for Contemporary Composition

The Department of Music and the CCCC are pleased to announce Ashkan Behzadi as the 2019-20 Postdoctoral Researcher at the rank of Instructor in the Division of the Humanities. Behzadi will develop new works to be performed by the CCCC’s resident Grossman Ensemble, as well as other guest artists during the upcoming season. He will also teach an undergraduate course, provide music lessons, and participate in the Center’s workshops and events.

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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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