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

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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Steve Rings tapped by media for reactions to Bob Dylan Nobel

Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature this week, and Professor Steve Rings, one of the world’s foremost Dylan scholars, was consulted by several major media outlets for his insights on the subject. 

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Anthony Cheung talks life as a composer with Chicago Reader

The Chicago Reader sat down with Assistant Professor of Composition Anthony Cheung recently, ahead of the local premiere of his new piece Assumed Roles, during last week’s wildly successful Ear Taxi Festival. Anthony discusses life as a composer, teaching at UChicago, and how everyday sounds become his musical muses to fill the next blank sheet of staff paper.

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Chicago Tribune reports mounting excitement for upcoming Ear Taxi Festival

This October will bring the largest festival of contemporary classical music Chicago has ever seen, and the 5-day event is being spearheaded by University Professor Augusta Read Thomas. In an interview with the Chicago Tribune, Thomas discusses her approach and what’s happening where and when during the Ear Taxi Chicago Festival of New Music.

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