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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Upcoming festival and conference Power in Sound/Found in Time to highlight the Soviet avant-garde, the works of Galina Ustvolskaya

From October 5th through October 7th, the University of Chicago will host a festival and conference series, focused on the music of the Soviet avant-garde from the turn of the 20th century.

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Apply for the 2018-19 Postdoctoral Fellowship in Composition

Applications are being accepted for the 2018-19 Postdoctoral Fellowship with the Chicago Center for Contemporary Composition, directed by Augusta Read Thomas.

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Augusta Read Thomas featured in Huffington Post's "Music I (Mostly) Hold Dear"

The music of Augusta Read Thomas was recently featured in Huffington Post's "Music I (Mostly) Hold Dear" by Daniel Asia. Asia writes about the composer's work EOS (Goddess of the Dawn), displayed in a new release by the Utah Symphony. 

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Philip Gossett, scholar of 19th-century Italian opera, 1941–2017

We are saddened by the loss of Philip Gossett, Robert W. Reneker Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus and former Dean of the Humanities Division. Gossett served as Chair of the Department of Music from 1978-84, and again in 1989.

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