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

5 Questions to Augusta Read Thomas in I Care If You Listen magazine

I Care If You Listen, a blog/magazine/video platform dedicated to Contemporary Classical Music, has interviewed University Professor Augusta Read Thomas, discussing Chicago as a city for new music, the upcoming Ear Taxi Festival she's spearheading, and her recent and upcoming projects. 

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Martha Feldman's latest book praised by London Book Review

Congratulations to Mabel Greene Myers Professor of Music Martha Feldman for garnering a glowing review of her new book from Colm Tóibín of the London Review of Books. Tóibín calls it “rich in scholarship and filled with subtle analysis” and says she writes with “admirable precision.”

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Summer of accomplishments for Music Department community

Over the summer, many Music Department students, faculty, and alums garnered notable achievements that we'd like to share here. Below is a digest of some recent accomplishments. Congratulations to one and all!

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Alumni Francisco Castillo Trigueros '13 wins 2015 Emerging Artist prize

The proposal of composition PhD alumni Francisco Castillo Trigueros '13 for a song cycle depicting Xilitia, a town in the mountainous region of Huasteca in Mexico, has won the 2015 Claire Rosen & Samuel Edes Prize for Emerging Artists. This generous prize will help fund his exciting, ambitious work. 

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Maggie Daley Park Dedication Ceremony features Augusta Read Thomas premiere

Saturday, June 13 is the Dedication Ceremony for the newly opened Maggie Daley Park in downtown Chicago. Premiering at the event will be a new work by University Professor of Composition Augusta Read Thomas, who was commissioned by the City to compose a piece honoring Mrs. Daley's legacy of supporting children in Chicago.

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