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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

jazz ensemble posing with instruments
Arts and Culture | May 10, 2022

The UNLV Jazz & Commercial Music program has garnered 39 DownBeat Student Music Awards since 2010.

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Arts and Culture | April 7, 2022

Faculty pianists Timothy Hoft and Katie Leung will perform Stockhausen's MANTRA.

UNLV's first conference tournament championship—and automatic bid to the NCAA Championship—since winning the Big West in 1994. It will be the Lady Rebels first NCAA tournament appearance since 2002. March 9, 2022 (Josh Hawkins/UNLV)
Campus News | April 1, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting the experts and student changemakers at UNLV.

violinist and orchestra
Arts and Culture | March 31, 2022

The performance is the first of his three-year UNLV residency.

guitar quarter in formal attire
Arts and Culture | March 29, 2022

Known to millions as “The Royal Family of the Guitar,” the Romeros have been performing since 1960.

conductor and orchestra
Arts and Culture | March 16, 2022

Conducted by Ukrainian-born Taras Krysa, the orchestra performs works by Martinů, Skoryk, and Strauss

Music In The News

KVVU-TV: Fox 5
March 28, 2022

Conducted by Ukrainian-born Taras Krys, UNLV Symphony Orchestra performs "For Ukraine" concert on March 27.

KTNV-TV: ABC 13
March 28, 2022

 According to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas's website, the UNLV Symphony Orchestra will play a concert titled, "For Ukraine," that will be conducted by Ukrainian-born Taras Krysa. The orchestra will perform works by Martinů, Skoryk, and Strauss.

Las Vegas Sun
March 14, 2022

The Las Vegas Sinfonietta, which is conducted by Ukrainian-born Taras Krysa, is hosting a benefit concert at 4 p.m. tonight at the Clark County Library Theater, 1401 E Flamingo Road. Tickets are $28.

Las Vegas Weekly
March 11, 2022

Las Vegas Sinfonietta had been planning to celebrate Mozart in its next performance, originally set to coincide with the composer’s birthday in January before it was postponed due to COVID. And then, after it was rescheduled for March 13, something far more significant happened, artistic director Taras Krysa explains.

KVVU-TV: Fox 5
March 4, 2022

UNLV music leader, half Ukrainian and half Russian, shares thoughts on war

Casino.org
March 3, 2022

A series of heartfelt gestures and formal gatherings are underway in Southern Nevada to show solidarity for the people and government of Ukraine given the Russian attack. Famed ice skater Oksana Baiul is scheduled to appear at a 3 pm rally on Saturday at the steps of Las Vegas City Hall

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Recent Music Accomplishments

April 27, 2022
The Arnold Shaw Popular Music Center has a new website! Launched this month, the completely revamped site contains information about the center's lecture series and events, a browsable (and ever growing) catalog of the manuscripts and other items in the collection, a news feed, ways to connect with the center, and much more. Check out the website.
April 25, 2022
Linda Lister (Music) was in residence earlier this month at the University of Mississippi (UM), presenting a vocal master class and leading yoga practices for both the music department and the Honors College. UM Opera Theatre commissioned a new chamber orchestration of Lister's opera State of Grace, which premiered at Ole Miss April 23 and 24.…
November 16, 2021
Amy Brown (Music) was a presenter at the American Orff Schulwerk Association National Conference in North Charleston, South Carolina.  Brown's session was titled, "Technology Gems for the General Music Classroom."  Her presentation was an active participation session demonstrating how to incorporate simple technology tools to supplement and…
November 15, 2021
Kimberly James (Music) participated in authoring a historic position paper in the field of voice pedagogy.  This position paper was authored by the Voice Pedagogy Interest Group’s Writers Group: Amelia Rollings Bigler and Katherine Osborne, co-chairs, with Chadley Ballantyne, Brian Horne, Brian Manternach, Yvonne Redman,…
August 26, 2021
Jonathan Rhodes Lee has published an article in the latest issue of the international, refereed Journal of Musicology. Lee's contribution, "Texts, Drugs, and Rock 'n' Roll: Easy Rider and the Compilation Soundtrack," is the first musicological article to take the famous 1968 film as its primary focus. Lee draws on filmmaker commentary, critical…
April 30, 2021
Jonathan Rhodes Lee (Music) had an article published by the U.S. Library of Congress has part of its National Recording Registry. This program honors 25 recordings each year that showcase "the range and diversity of American recorded sound heritage." The Registry pursues this aim by preserving original media, making digital versions of these audio…