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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Apply Now for the 2017 Chamber Music Intensive

A four-day summer workshop for experienced amateur and professional-track student musicians.

July 13-16, 2017

This summer Spektral Quartet and the University of Chicago Department of Music present the fourth annual Chamber Music Intensive, in partnership with the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts.

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Imani Winds Returns to Campus this January for Winter Quarter Residency Activities

The Grammy Nominated quintet, Imani Winds, is back on campus January 16th through 20th for the second part of their two-year residency at the University of Chicago. During their five-day visit, the ensemble will participate in a variety of academic and performance related activities in the Department of Music. Their winter quarter residency culminates in a concert with University of Chicago Presents on Friday, January 20.

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Meet Artist-in-Residence, Daniel Pesca

Pianist and composer Daniel Pesca joined the Music Department in the fall of 2016 as lecturer and Director of the Chamber Music Program. We asked Daniel a few questions to get to know him better. 

How did you get started in music? 

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University Professor Augusta Read Thomas honored as 2016 Chicagoan of the Year

Composer and University Professor of Composition, Augusta Read Thomas, has been honored by the Chicago Tribune as the 2016 Chicagoan of the Year in Classical Music. Thomas was honored for her excellence in composition and for her commitment to supporting the work of colleague composers and musicians as exemplified by her creation and leadership of the Ear Taxi Festival, an extremely successful six-day festival with more than 500 local musicians, 88 local composers, including 54 world premieres alongside performances of many other recent compositions.

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Augusta Read Thomas’ Bass Clarinet Concertino is finalist in the 8th Dutilleux Contest

Augusta Read Thomas, University Professor of Composition at the University of Chicago, is a finalist in the 8th International Henri Dutilleux Composition Contest for her piece Bass Clarinet Concertino for soloist and nine musicians.

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UChicago Music wins AMS honors in Vancouver

We’re excited to share that three members of the UChicago Music community once again brought honor and luster to the department at the recent meeting of the American Musicological Society in Vancouver, B.C.

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