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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Steve Rings tapped by media for reactions to Bob Dylan Nobel

Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature this week, and Professor Steve Rings, one of the world’s foremost Dylan scholars, was consulted by several major media outlets for his insights on the subject. 

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Anthony Cheung talks life as a composer with Chicago Reader

The Chicago Reader sat down with Assistant Professor of Composition Anthony Cheung recently, ahead of the local premiere of his new piece Assumed Roles, during last week’s wildly successful Ear Taxi Festival. Anthony discusses life as a composer, teaching at UChicago, and how everyday sounds become his musical muses to fill the next blank sheet of staff paper.

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Chicago Tribune reports mounting excitement for upcoming Ear Taxi Festival

This October will bring the largest festival of contemporary classical music Chicago has ever seen, and the 5-day event is being spearheaded by University Professor Augusta Read Thomas. In an interview with the Chicago Tribune, Gusty discusses her approach and what’s happening where and when during the Ear Tax Chicago Festival of New Music.

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Mwata Bowden to lead innovative ensemble in Chicago Jazz Festival 2016

Mwata Bowden, the director of the Performance Program’s Jazz X-tet, will be performing in the Chicago Jazz Festival 2016. On September 1st, the festival’s opening day, Mwata will lead fellow AACM players Ari Brown (tenor sax), Harrison Bankhead (bass), and Avreeayl Ra (drums) in a performance at 12:30 pm in Preston Bradley Hall at the Chicago Cultural Center. The group is also joined by trumpeter Leon Q and spoken word artist Khari B, Mwata's son. 

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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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