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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 | January 26, 2023

Taras Krysa conducts.

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Arts and Culture | January 25, 2023

In the third concert of the 2022-23 season, faculty and special guests perform the Brahms Sextet No. 1 in B-flat major, Op. 18 and the Dvořák String Sextet in A Major, Op. 48.

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Arts and Culture | January 25, 2023

This collection of preludes and fugues is one of the great artistic and intellectual accomplishments of European history.

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Arts and Culture | December 7, 2022

The event, to be held March 21, honors those who have made a significant impact in the areas of visual arts, performing arts, or architecture.

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Arts and Culture | November 22, 2022

The jazz studies program recently received its 14th consecutive outstanding review from respected magazine Jazz Times.

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Arts and Culture | November 9, 2022

The concert features an all-Mozart program and is conducted by music director Taras Krysa.

Music In The News

KSNV-TV: News 3
November 28, 2022

Who's ready to listen to some jazz music?

KVVU-TV: Fox 5
September 16, 2022

It has been more than six months now since the war in Ukraine began. Following it from the beginning, Taras Krysa, the Director of Orchestras at UNLV. FOX5 spoke to the professor and conductor the day Russian troops pushed into Ukraine while he was still in disbelief it actually happened. After traveling to the country, Krysa now he believes Ukrainian forces are finally starting to prevail.
September 7, 2022

Taking your partner somewhere special on a date is a wonderful way to show you care. You show your ability to put in effort, think outside the box, and make the time you spend together as unique as they are. But as a college student, you may not have the money or even the transportation to do many of the typical activities one would expect on a nicer date. The expense of going to fancy restaurants, concerts, and other shows on a regular basis is likely unsustainable. This is especially true for college students in a city like Las Vegas, where many of the local shows and productions are intended for vacationers willing to spend a good deal of money.

KVVU-TV: Fox 5
March 28, 2022

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

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.

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Recent Music Accomplishments

January 27, 2023
The UNLV Concerto Competition was held January 26, and the winner was Ana Elisa Portes Lima (Music, College of Fine Arts) - Mezzo Soprano, DMA student of music professor Kimberly James. Her repertoire was Maurice Ravel's  “Sheherezade." The judges — professors Taras Krysa, DeAnne Letourneau, and Richard Kravchak — were unanimous in their decision.
January 7, 2023
Faculty member Andre Chiang, DMA, and recent graduate Valentine Baron, DMA, (both Music - Voice) presented different sessions at the 68th National Opera Association Annual Conference in Houston, TX. The sessions were titled, “Do That, Too: Honoring Your Whole Creative Self On and Off the Opera Stage” and the 2020-22 Dissertation Competition winner…
December 5, 2022
Jonathan Rhodes Lee (Music) has received the Ruth Solie Prize from the North American British Music Studies Association. The organization gives this award biennially for what it deems “the most outstanding article on a subject in British music” published over the previous two years. The prize committee praised Lee’s “meticulous scholarship” and “…
November 26, 2022
Thanks to professor Diego Vega (Music), select UNLV string students performed at the Latin Grammy Award ceremony on Nov. 17, 2022.  "This is a very rare and unique opportunity only available to students at UNLV's School of Music," said Vega. "Our students were ecstatic to be part of this prestigious event."
November 8, 2022
André Chiang, D.M.A., (Music, Voice) recently performed the title role in Gianni Schicchi with Opera Mississippi on October 27, 28, and 29 in Natchez and Jackson, MS. He also opens a production of La bohème performing Marcello with Opera Western Reserve in Youngstown, Ohio, on November 11.  Opera Mississippi is beginning its 77th season and is…
November 1, 2022
The National Symphony Orchestra of Colombia will perform the world premiere of DMA associate professor Diego Vega's (Music) ballet Espíritu de Pájaro on November 4 and 5, a work they commissioned to him in 2018. This premiere will take place at Teatro Colón in the city of Bogotá, with choreography by Álvaro Restrepo, and music direction by…