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.

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Anthony Cheung awarded John Simon Guggenheim fellowship

Anthony Cheung, Assistant Professor of Music, is one of four UChicago faculty members awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship this year. They are among 178 winning scholars, artists, and scientists from North America, chosen from over 3,000 applicants for the fellowship. 

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Martha Feldman discusses new doubts about Early Modern music regarding counterpoint and aria singers

As the Music Department does some restructuring of its graduate proseminars on music history, Mabel Greene Myers Professor Martha Feldman, president-elect of the American Musicological Society, is reflecting on historical periodization and blogging about it on Musicology Now. 

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UChicago Arts recognizes Barbara Schubert’s 40 celebrated and impactful years heading the USO

Barbara Schubert is the Department of Music’s longtime Senior Lecturer, Performance Program Director, and the Director/Conductor of the University Symphony Orchestra and New Music Ensemble. This year is her 40th conducting the USO, and UChicago Arts has posted two interviews with her for the anniversary. 

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Howard Sandroff, Director of the Computer Music Studio, retires

Howard Sandroff, who served as Senior Lecturer in Music and Director of the Computer Music Studio for more than three decades, has retired from the University. Howard has long been an international presence as a composer of computer and electronic music, as well as a highly regarded teacher and colleague at Chicago.

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Rehanna Kheshgi featured in newsletter of American Institute of Indian Studies

PhD Ethnomusicology candidate Rehanna Kheshgi traveled to northeastern India on an American Institute of Indian Studies fellowship to conduct research on Bihu music and dance, a formerly stigmatized rural genre, which has now gained more widespread appeal. During her time there, Rehanna has traveled and performed with Bihu celebrity Angaraag "Papon" Mahanta, as well as performing in more rural, ritualized settings. Her experiences with this have been written about in the latest issue of the Newsletter of the American Institute of Indian Studies.

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