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

Anthony Cheung named Young Composer Fellow for the Cleveland Orchestra

The Cleveland Orchestra has announced that Assistant Professor of Music Anthony Cheung has been named the Daniel R. Lewis Young Composer Fellow for 2015 - 2017. As part of this residency he has been commissioned to compose a new piece that will be premiered by the orchestra during its 2016 - 2017 season, as well as having his work "Lyra" performed during their upcoming 2015 - 2016 season. Cheung will also take part in rehearsals and educational activities serving the Northeast Ohio community during the fellowship. 

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Augusta Read Thomas wins Lancaster Symphony Orchestra's Composer's Award for 2015-16

University Professor of Composition Augusta Read Thomas has won the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra’s Composer's Award for 2015-16. This is the oldest award of its kind in the nation, intended "to recognize and honor living composers who reside in the U. S. who are making a particularly significant contribution in the field of symphonic music, not only through their own creative efforts, but also as effective personal advocates of new approaches to the broadening of critical and appreciative standards.”

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Mwata Bowden receiving 2015 WHPK REACH Award

The Department of Music's Director of Jazz Ensembles Mwata Bowden will be presented with the 2015 WHPK REACH Award this Saturday, February 21st. The event is also a celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM). Bowden is Artistic Director for the AACM's Great Black Music Ensemble.

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Events Abounding for Augusta Read Thomas in 2015

University Professor of Composition Augusta Read Thomas has an exciting year lined up as we move into 2015. There will be six world premieres of new works happening across the country, and the 6th CD in her six-disc series with Nimbus Records drops in April. Many of her other works are also being performed by noteworthy musicians and ensembles in the US, the UK, and Switzerland. Augusta will also be spearheading the creation of a 4-day long new music festival here in Chicago that will happen in the Fall of 2016, called the Ear Taxi Festival.  

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