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School of Music News

The School of Music offers excellent undergraduate and graduate degree programs for students pursuing careers in composition, conducting, jazz studies, music education, and performance. More than 400 music majors study under the guidance of dedicated artist/performers, master teachers, and respected international scholars.

Current Music News

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Arts and Culture | November 24, 2020

Proceeds from this live-streamed concert benefit the UNLV Performing Arts Center to offset costs incurred during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Arts and Culture | November 5, 2020

The third in the PAC series of student performances features bassist Alyssa D'Anduono.

A man smiles while writing music
People | October 28, 2020

Alumnus Eric Whitacre's YouTube sensation Virtual Choir is the creative project that had been planning for the pandemic moment for 10 years.

Arts and Culture | October 14, 2020

The concert opens a series of student performances live-streamed from the Performing Arts Center.

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Arts and Culture | October 6, 2020

The recording, available for download on BandCamp, receives a rave review from Jazz Times Magazine in its upcoming November issue.

A student hugs the UNLV president while holding a bouquet and wearing a crown at a football game.
Campus News | May 12, 2020

Honors education major will be using her experiences to inspire a new generation of students.

Music In The News

July 15, 2020

This powerful program began with the premiere of Las Vegas resident Jennifer Bellor’s 898 Hildegard, a piece for orchestra and chorus that intertwines excerpts from the medieval composer Hildegard von Bingen’s chants “O Vis Eternitatis” and “O Gloriosissimi Lux Vivens Angeli.” Next, the orchestra performed Schumann’s profound and touching Overture, Scherzo and Finale followed by Brahms’ immensely popular German Requiem featuring the Las Vegas Master Singers, UNLV Concert Singers & Chamber Chorale, and soloists Alisa Jordheim and Will Liverman.

Las Vegas Review Journal
April 23, 2020

The Grammy-nominated UNLV Wind Orchestra has released its latest CD, “Quaternity.”

Las Vegas Review Journal
February 21, 2020

When Clinton Williams took over as band director at Rancho High School in Las Vegas in 2013, it had almost nothing.

KVVU-TV: Fox 5
February 10, 2020

The School of Music at UNLV is among the top in the nation for bachelor's degrees in music, according to a new study.

Las Vegas Review Journal
January 30, 2020

Clark County Public Arts’ recent open call for abstract art produced more than 42 works by local artists. Judged by guest curator and artist Valentin Yordanov, the pieces can be viewed in “Existing in Thought” through March 4 at the Winchester Cultural Center, 3130 S. McLeod Drive.

Las Vegas Review Journal
January 29, 2020

Showing that the classic Las Vegas variety extravaganza maintains a heartbeat, a show with that very title is moving into the old Jubilee Theater.

Music Experts

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Recent Music Accomplishments

November 4, 2020
Sol Martinez (Music) was featured in a National Urban Indian Family Coalition national campaign ad urging Indigenous people to vote. A sophomore, she is a member of the UNLV Native American Student Association and has roots in several Indigenous groups: Las Vegas Paiute, Moapa Paiute, Cheyenne, Pawnee, Creek, as well as Durango, Mexico.
November 3, 2020
Kimberly James, Timothy Jones (both Music), Louis McDonald (Art History), Olga Townsend (BFA student), Francisco Menendez (Film), Adam Paul (Theatre), Joshua Vermillion (Architecture), Phil Zawarus (Landscape Architecture), Sean Slattery, Michael Fong (both Art), Gil Kaupp (Music Technology), Julian Kilker (Journalism & Media Studies), and...
October 19, 2020
The UNLV Wind Orchestra, directed by Thomas Leslie (Music), received two 5-star reviews in the October issue of Fanfare Magazine for its latest CD Quaternity, published by Klavier Music Productions. The CD also has been listed for Grammy consideration, a major achievement for a collegiate wind orchestra.
August 14, 2020
Linda Lister (Music) led a Yoga for Singers workshop via Zoom for the London International Gospel Choir.   
August 5, 2020
Stephen Caplan (Music) has written an extremely informative article, recently published in The Double Reed, the quarterly journal of the International Double Reed Society. The article, "Six Metamorphoses After Covid," is about lessons learned during this pandemic. Highly recommended reading for all musicians (and non-musicians, too)!
June 1, 2020
Jonathan Rhodes Lee (Music) has just published an article in Music and Letters, an imprint of Oxford University Press and one of the leading international journals of musical scholarship. Lee's article, "Giulia Frasi: Singer of Sentiment," discusses the career of George Frideric Handel’s last leading lady, Giulia Frasi (fl. 1742–72). Lee shows...