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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 | March 9, 2020

Linda Lister stage directs this Jacques Offenbach operetta, with music direction by Darryl Cooper.

Arts and Culture | February 26, 2020

Founded in 2003, the hall honors people who have made significant contributions to the visual arts, performing arts, or architecture.

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Arts and Culture | February 25, 2020

The New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players return after their highly successful 2018 Las Vegas debut.

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Arts and Culture | February 25, 2020

Guest pianist Zachary Deak will join UNLV faculty Bill Bernatis, Marina Sturm, Ambroise Aubrun, Mykola Suk, and Andy Smith.

unlv wind orchestra in performance
Arts and Culture | February 7, 2020

The concert, titled "Old Friends," features several jazz legends and Grammy-winning artists.

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Arts and Culture | February 5, 2020

The Washington Post writes that the brothers perform like "a sort of ‘uber-guitar,’ two instruments and one brain."

Music In The News

Las Vegas Review Journal
February 21, 2020

When Clinton Williams took over as band director at Rancho High School in Las Vegas in 2013, it had almost nothing.

KVVU-TV: Fox 5
February 10, 2020

The School of Music at UNLV is among the top in the nation for bachelor's degrees in music, according to a new study.

Las Vegas Review Journal
January 30, 2020

Clark County Public Arts’ recent open call for abstract art produced more than 42 works by local artists. Judged by guest curator and artist Valentin Yordanov, the pieces can be viewed in “Existing in Thought” through March 4 at the Winchester Cultural Center, 3130 S. McLeod Drive.

Las Vegas Review Journal
January 29, 2020

Showing that the classic Las Vegas variety extravaganza maintains a heartbeat, a show with that very title is moving into the old Jubilee Theater.

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.

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Recent Music Accomplishments

March 16, 2020
Jonathan Rhodes Lee (Music) has just published a book, Film Music in the Sound Era, with the Routledge publishing firm. The book offers a comprehensive bibliography of scholarship on music in sound film (1927–2017). Thematically organized sections cover historical studies, studies of musicians and filmmakers, genre studies, theory and aesthetics,...
March 10, 2020
Joseph Svendsen (Music) presented at the American Choral Directors Association conference in Salt Lake City. His presentation was "Taking Music A.P.A.R.T. - Introducing New Music to Build Singer Agency.
February 25, 2020
UNLV Jazz Ensemble I, UNLV Honors Jazz Trio, and director Dave Loeb (all Music) have been invited to perform in the 63rd Monterey Jazz Festival in California in September. The Monterey Jazz Festival is the oldest consecutive running jazz festival and one of the most prestigious jazz events in the world. This will be the third appearance...
February 19, 2020
Avery Boddie (Libraries) has been selected as an Association of Research Libraries Leadership and Career Development Program Fellow for 2020-21. The yearlong program prepares mid-career librarians from historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups to take on leadership roles in their careers and in the profession at large. Boddie is the...
February 13, 2020
Jonathan Rhodes Lee (Music) has published an article in the international, peer-reviewed journal Eighteenth-Century Music. Lee's article, "Music, Morality, and Sympathy in the Eighteenth-Century English Sermon," examines the phenomenon of the music sermon, published in large numbers throughout the 18th century. This article demonstrates that the...
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...