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

Professor Philip Bohlman interviewed on the BBC’s Radio 3 Music Matters podcast

As part of an in-depth discussion on the relationship between folk and classical genres of music, Ludwig Rosenberger Distinguished Service Professor Philip Bohlman was interviewed on the BBC’s Radio 3 Music Matters podcast.

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Finnish Broadcasting Corporation nominee for classical album of the year features Timothy Page piece

Finland’s premiere contemporary music group defunensemble recently released their debut album, a double CD entitled Define Function (Siba Records), and it features PhD composition student Timothy Page’s Curl (2010/13) for flute, harp, and electronics. It has just been nominated by the Finnish Broadcasting Corporation for classical album of the year. 

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Composer Pierce Gradone interviewed on Brainstorm podcast

Music composition PhD candidate Pierce Gradone sat down with Bill Hutchison (PhD candidate, Department of English) for episode 3 of Brainstorm, a podcast “about the humanities, the sciences, and territories in between,” supported by the Arts, Science, & Culture Initiative at UChicago. 

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Sarah Iker pens article on handbells for Oxford University Press blog

Sarah Iker, Music History and Theory PhD candidate, has written an insightful and festive piece on all things handbells for the Oxford University Press blog.

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Imani Winds is new Don Michael Randel Ensemble-in-Residence

The Department of Music is excited to share that Imani Winds has been appointed the Don Michael Randel Ensemble-in-Residence at the University of Chicago for 2016 - 2018. They will succeed the fantastic Pacifica Quartet, which has been with the University for 17 years. 

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