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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Philip Gossett, scholar of 19th-century Italian opera, 1941–2017

We are saddened by the loss of Philip Gossett, Robert W. Reneker Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus and former Dean of the Humanities Division. Gossett served as Chair of the Department of Music from 1978-84, and again in 1989.

Read about Phil's life and legacy in the articles below. 

UChicago News: Philip Gossett, scholar of 19th-century Italian opera, 1941–2017

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PhD Candidate Lindsay Wright wins National Academy of Education Spencer Dissertation Fellowship

Congratulations to Lindsay Wright, PhD candidate in music theory, for winning a prestigious National Academy of Education Spencer Dissertation Fellowship. 

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Augusta Read Thomas commissioned by consortium led by Santa Fe Opera, San Francisco Opera

Augusta Read Thomas has been commissioned by a consortium of opera companies, led by the Santa Fe Opera in association with the San Francisco Opera. Her new opera will receive its world premiere in 2019 at the Santa Fe Opera, and will be realized in collaboration with librettist Jason Kim.

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Timothy Page wins 2017 SEAMUS/ASCAP Award

Graduate composer Timothy Page has just been declared a winner of the 2017 SEAMUS/ASCAP Award. The prize includes a commission for an electroacoustic work that will be premiered at the Society for Electroacoustic Music Conference in the Spring of 2018.

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