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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 | December 18, 2019

Create, connect, and explore! Join the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art for a day of all-ages art exploration and hands-on creativity.

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Arts and Culture | December 9, 2019

Celebrate the season with 11-member a cappella group Voctave performing a program of holiday favorites.

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Arts and Culture | November 18, 2019

The concert is a special celebration of military heroes and first responders.

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Arts and Culture | November 8, 2019

The performances feature a collaboration with the UNLV Graduate String Quartet.

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Arts and Culture | November 8, 2019

The concert features musical works by Schumann and her circle, readings, and video by music faculty and students.

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Arts and Culture | October 28, 2019

The Performing Arts Center this season continues to celebrate 15 years of guitar at UNLV.

Music In The News

Las Vegas Review Journal
November 18, 2019

As a senior at UNLV, Christina Castellanos earned a chair in the Las Vegas Philharmonic.

Las Vegas Review Journal
October 14, 2019

The artistic connection between the Neon Museum’s Boneyard Ball at Wynn Las Vegas and “Very Vegas Showcase” at the Smith Center was, oddly enough, The Killers.

Broadway World Las Vegas
October 8, 2019

Jess here. It's GRAMMY season and I just had the pleasure of listening to LAS VEGAS SUITE, an absolutely amazing album representing a collection of original compositions by Nathan Tanouye. Clint Holmes supplies the lyrics and vocals, and the entire recording is backed by the Las Vegas Jazz Connection; an orchestra comprised of 33 of Las Vegas' finest musicians.

Las Vegas Review Journal
October 1, 2019

UNLV music students will ring a set of chimes 58 times in honor of the victims of the Route 91 Harvest festival shooting.

Las Vegas Review Journal
September 27, 2019

Vinny Adinolfi plays a game called, “What would Wayne do?” It’s a reference to big decisions, with Wayne Newton in the pivotal role.

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.”

Music Experts

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Recent Music Accomplishments

November 12, 2019
Jennifer Bellor (Music) releases her new album, Reflections at Dusk, on Nov. 15. This album of six chamber works emphasizes shining sonorities — think vibraphones, harp, and wind chimes. Words like cerulean, amethyst, and indigo infuse the works’ titles. Most of the pieces are performed by Las Vegas-based musicians, both...
October 22, 2019
Katrina Liu (Teaching & Learning) and Richard Miller (Music) gave an invited presentation at the Race, Inequality and Language conference at Stanford University earlier this month. Their presentation, titled "Reflection, Transformative Praxis & Generative Change: Critical Counter-Narrative in Preparing Future Teachers of Color," is part of...
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...