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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

Arts and Culture | September 12, 2019

Join us as UNLV faculty members perform music by Robert & Clara Schumann and Johaness Brahms.

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Arts and Culture | September 9, 2019

Bring a lunch and enjoy conversation with the world-famous Kronos Quartet and Oscar-nominated director Sam Green.

concert hall performance
Arts and Culture | August 28, 2019

Oscar-nominated filmmakers Sam Green and Joe Bini have teamed up with the Kronos Quartet for this wildly creative multimedia performance piece.

large choir on stage
Arts and Culture | August 22, 2019

All faculty, staff, alumni, and members of the UNLV community are welcome to participate.

Mykola Sul seated at a piano.
People | July 29, 2019

UNLV’s coordinator of keyboard studies enlists students to share Beethoven’s works with the community.

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Arts and Culture | May 10, 2019

This season marks the center's 44th.

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.

Las Vegas Weekly
October 13, 2017

If Uli Geissendoerfer says there’s a great deal of artistic energy in Vegas’ jazz scene, you should believe him. He’s the director of the Latin Jazz Ensemble and coordinator of Jazz Small Groups at UNLV and the musical director/curator/performer at the Dispensary Lounge, among other hats he wears. As such, the pianist/composer spends a great deal of time with some of the most talented players in town, and he wants to unify their creative efforts.

Music Experts

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Recent Music Accomplishments

August 29, 2019
Janis McKay (Music) performed as principal bassoonist for the Classical Music Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria. A gala concert featuring the Mozart "Requiem" and Haydn's "Symphony No. 104" was held in the Schloss Esterhazy, where the composer Haydn lived and worked for much of his career. Performances of Haydn's "Harmonie Mass" were given in the...
July 22, 2019
Ying Zhang (Music) recently won second prize at the highly competitive Heartland Concerto Competition in Kansas City, Missouri. She will solo the "Praeludium and Allegro" by Fritz Kreisler with the Heartland Chamber Orchestra on Aug. 3. Zhang is a doctoral student of music professors Wei-Wei Le and Ambroise Aubrun.
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”)...