Rigor, Creativity, Innovation

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

Ensemble in Residence Explores a Mobile Miniature Music Venue

One of UChicago's Music Department's Ensembles In Residence, the dynamic Spektral Quartet, has completed a series of recordings that places the work of a myriad of different composers in an unlikely setting - in your pocket, as you fish out your phone to pick up a call or silence your alarm.

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2014 Concerto Competition First Place Winners Showcased with University of Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Congratulations to the 2014 Concerto Competition Winners! Matthew Bloomfield, George Hyun, and Caroline Wong were chosen first place winners in the biennial 2014 University of Chicago Department of Music Concerto Competition on Saturday, March 1. Emily Brown, Anna Rimlinger, Phil Taylor, and Dan Wang claimed second place.

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UChicago faculty join in modern soundscaping with Spektral Quartet

The University of Chicago News Office announces an invitation by Spektral Quartet to become a Fulton Hall composer.

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Ritual, Material, and Sound Explored in Department Wide Workshop

For the first time, students and professors from the three subdisciplines of UChicago's music department (Composition, Ethnomusicology, and Music History and Theory) came together to celebrate the manifold connections between the traditional disciplinary partitions and examine the topics of ritual, material, and sound.

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Chicago Classical Review sings praises for Resounding Earth performance

The Chicago Classical Review posted an article praising the performance of Augusta Read Thomas' Resounding Earth by Third Coast Percussion at the Performance Hall in the Logan Center of UChicago. 

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Steven Rings chosen as series editor for Oxford Studies in Music Theory

Associate Professor in Music Steven Rings has been chosen as the new series editor for Oxford Studies in Music Theory. Rings is receiving the reins from founding series editor Richard Cohn who began it in 2004 within the prestigious Oxford University Press.

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Marta Ptaszynska receives Distinguished Alumni Award from Cleveland Institute of Music

Marta Ptaszynska, UChicago's Helen B. & Frank L. Sulzberger Professor of Music and the Humanities, has received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Cleveland Institute of Music. 

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Amy Briggs premieres Piano Concerto with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project

Composer David Rakowski's Second Piano Concerto was premiered at Jordan Hall in Boston this past Friday night, and UChicago's own Amy Briggs was its featured Pianist. 

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Augusta Read Thomas's "Selected Works for Orchestra" released on Nimbus Alliance

University Professor Augusta Read Thomas releases the first in a series of three new collections of her work on UK record label Nimbus Alliance. "Selected Works for Orchestra" contains six compositions written between 1995 and 2013.

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Chicago Tribune covers UChicago's Michael Allemana's collaboration with soul-jazz pillar George Freeman

Michael Allemana (Ph.D student in Ethnomusicology) has joined forces with renowned jazz guitarist George Freeman to form the Allemana-Freeman Quartet, along with organist Pete Benson and drummer Mike Schlick.

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Resounding Earth places in Top 10 Classical & New-Music Albums of 2013 by Time Out Chicago

Professor Augusta Read Thomas's four-movement work entitled Resounding Earth was recorded by Third Coast Percussion this year and was just named one of the year's Top 10 Classical and New-Music Albums by Time Out Chicago. 

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New Orchestral Works: Orchestral Readings of 11 UChicago Composers' Works

Five new orchestral works have been rehearsed, performed, and recorded by an all-star professional orchestra under the baton of conductor Cliff Colnot.  The new works were written by UChicago composers Iddo Aharony, Alican Camci, Tomas Gueglio, Jae-Goo Lee, and Andrew McManus, and recorded by multiple Grammy winning engineer Chris Willis.

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