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

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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Ethno alum Luis-Manuel Garcia interviewed on dance music and club culture

Ethnomusicology alumni Luis-Manuel Garcia was interviewed last week by Resident Advisor, the leading publication for news on all things electronic music. He was featured on their podcast, Exchange, where he discussed a broad range of issues relevant to dance music and club culture. Garcia is an assistant professor in popular music at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. 

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Marta Ptaszynska to succeed Shulamit Ran as Contempo artistic director

Contempo, the Music Department's contemporary music consortium, will have a new artistic director this June. Award-winning composer and Helen B. and Frank L. Sulzberger Professor of Composition Marta Ptaszynska will succeed outgoing artistic director Shulamit Ran, a Pulitzer Prize winning composer who's currently the Andrew MacLeish Distinguished Service Professor of Composition. 

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