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

Clay Mettens wins 2016 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award

Congratulations to Composition PhD student Clay Mettens, who is one of the winners of the 2016 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award. The national contest supports and encourages young, emerging composers and is awarded in honor of celebrated composer and ASCAP president Morton Gould. 

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Congrats to our students garnering fellowships, grants for dissertation research

PhD students in the Department of Music continue to be awarded with noteworthy fellowships and grants towards their ongoing dissertation research and completion in 2016 - 17. 

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Augusta Read Thomas discusses her musical creativity and compositional processes

After receiving the 2015-2016 Composers Award from the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, University Professor Augusta Read Thomas sat down with Lancaster Online to discuss her own creative processes and musical origins.

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Barbara Schubert honored with Janel M. Mueller Award for Excellence in Pedagogy

The Department of Music is immensely excited to share that Barbara Schubert has been awarded the Janel M. Mueller Award for Excellence in Pedagogy. Barbara is a longtime Senior Lecturer, the director of the Performance Program, the conductor of the University Symphony Orchestra, and the director of the New Music Ensemble. She is a revered and beloved figure in the department and well-deserving of this recognition.

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Steve Rings discusses his perspectives on the Digital Humanities in Tableau

Associate Professor of Music Steve Rings sat down with Tableau, the magazine of the Humanities Division at UChicago, to talk about the implications of the rise of the Digital Humanities. The profusion of technology into the field of Humanities has catalyzed new developments and Steve shares two examples of how it’s given him fresh insight. 

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