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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 | May 10, 2019

This season marks the center's 44th.

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Arts and Culture | April 25, 2019

The students recently won three DownBeat Magazine Student Music Awards, bringing their total to 20 since 2010.

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Arts and Culture | April 12, 2019

Based on the blockbuster movie starring Reese Witherspoon, this fabulously fun musical adaptation follows the adventures of West Coast sorority girl Elle Woods.

Arts and Culture | April 8, 2019

"Gramophone" calls Vieaux "among the elite of today's classical guitarists" and NPR describes him as "precise and soulful."

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People | April 8, 2019

From UNLV Magazine spring 2019 issue.

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Arts and Culture | April 3, 2019

The concert is presented In conjunction with the “Music Unwound: Dvořák in America” project.

Music In The News

Las Vegas Review Journal
January 28, 2019

Lady Gaga’s big-band performances at the Park Theater are called, “Jazz & Piano,” but they could be called, “UNLV Jazz & Piano.”

Las Vegas Review Journal
May 29, 2018

The sound of music — and the sound of musicals.

Las Vegas Weekly
April 2, 2018

They did it again. The students of UNLV’s Jazz Studies program not only were invited back to the Monterey Next Generation Jazz competition, staged March 9-11, but saw their Honors Combo win first place in the College Jazz Combo category. It’s the second victory in as many years by UNLV’s jazz musicians, as Jazz Ensemble I tied for first last year in the College Big Band category (it placed as a finalist during this month’s contest, which also saw Las Vegas Academy of the Arts’ big band compete in the high school division). The Honors trio, meanwhile, has already been asked to return to Northern California to perform during the revered Monterey Jazz Festival in September.

Las Vegas Review Journal
March 26, 2018

In his legendary career, Leonard Bernstein played many roles: conductor, pianist, TV star, cultural ambassador.

Broadway World
February 13, 2018

The Las Vegas Philharmonic performs its second Spotlight concert of the season, titled "A Little Romance," on Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 7:30 PM in Troesh Studio Theater at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts featuring three of the Las Vegas Philharmonic's principal musicians: Janis McKay (bassoon), Bill Bernatis (horn) and Voltaire Verzosa (piano) performing classical works for duet and trio.

KTNV-TV: ABC 13
February 6, 2018

“Ujima, Ujamaa, Kuumba: Education, Business & The Arts: A 21st Century Black History Discussion” will air on Clark County Television throughout the month of February. It also is available for viewing on-demand online.

Recent Music Accomplishments

June 28, 2019
Wei-Wei Le (Music) saw her solo CD album Wei-Wei Le, Live in Concert released last month by Blue Griffin Records of Lansing, Michigan. The album consists of live concert recordings (completely unedited) of the Bruch "Scottish Fantasy" and the Khachaturian "Violin Concerto in D minor," accompanied by Colorado's Pueblo Symphony Orchestra, conducted...
May 30, 2019
Stephen Caplan (Music) wrote an article “Promising Research,” which has been published in the most recent edition of The Double Reed. This is the first article of a new recurring column, “Health Matters,” that Dr. Caplan will be contributing to the journal, which explores health issues relevant to double reed players. The Double Reed is the...
April 30, 2019
School of Music, Division of Jazz and Commercial Music (Fine Arts) students garnered three prestigious 2019 DownBeat Magazine Student Music Awards, including Graduate College Outstanding Performance Large Ensemble for Jazz Ensemble I, Undergraduate College Small Group Outstanding Performance for the Honors Trio, and Graduate College Small Group...
April 12, 2019
Linda Lister (Music), Brian Hedlund (Life Sciences), and Zhaohuan Zhu (Physics and Astronomy) have been selected by the NSHE Board of Regents to receive this year's Regents’ Awards, which honor accomplishments that increase NSHE’s stature in five areas: teaching, academic advising, creative activities, research, and early-career (or “rising”)...
March 28, 2019
Janis McKay (Music) will be a guest artist for the Bowling Green State University Double Reed Day. She will perform a recital, judge a competition, and present several masterclasses to students on the high school and college levels. The workshop takes place this month in Bowling Green, Ohio, and will involve students in the Ohio region. The other...
March 7, 2019
Shawna Pennock (Music) gave a lecture recital ("Riparian" by Kathryn Koopman: Duet for alto saxophone and violin pedagogically created to help young saxophonists learn to play the altissimo register) at two music conferences this month: the Southern College Music Society Conference at the University of Central Florida in Orlando and the Music by...