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

Berthold Hoeckner discusses the relationship between mind, body, and wisdom

Speaking on The Academic Minute, a production of WAMC/Northeast Public Radio, Associate Professor of Music Berthold Hoeckner discusses research on wisdom and how being in tune with both mind and body can promote it. The primary goal of the research was to shed light on whether or not everyday, practical wisdom is something that could be trained as a skill.

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Anne W. Robertson appointed Interim Dean of Division of the Humanities

The Department of Music congratulates its current Chair, Anne Walters Robertson, Claire Dux Swift Distinguished Service Professor, on her appointment as Interim Dean of the Division of the Humanities, effective July 1.  We wish Anne well for her service to the division and know that it will continue to thrive under her leadership. Thomas Christensen, Avalon Foundation Professor of Music and the Humanities, will chair the Music Department starting July 1, returning to departmental duties after an appointment as the Master of the Humanities Collegiate Division (2009-2015) and a leave year supported by the Guggenheim Foundation and the ACLS (2015-2016).

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Jack Hughes and Phil Taylor among 64th Annual BMI Student Composer Award winners

A hearty congratulations to PhD students Jack Hughes and Phil Taylor for garnering wins at the 64th Annual BMI Student Composer Awards. They are among nine students to receive the award this year, which recognizes excellence in musical composition. There were over 700 submissions this year and all were evaluated anonymously by a distinguished jury. 

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Clay Mettens wins 2016 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award

Congratulations to Composition PhD student Clay Mettens, who is one of the winners of the 2016 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award. The national contest supports and encourages young, emerging composers and is awarded in honor of celebrated composer and ASCAP president Morton Gould. 

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Congrats to our students garnering fellowships, grants for dissertation research

PhD students in the Department of Music continue to be awarded with noteworthy fellowships and grants towards their ongoing dissertation research and completion in 2016 - 17. 

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