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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

A man plays the saxophone while dancers gambol around him
Arts and Culture | April 16, 2021

The event, scheduled for 11 a.m., celebrates the end of the semester, all we have accomplished during the pandemic, and our hopes for movement and dance for the future.

auditorium seats
Arts and Culture | April 16, 2021

UNLV Percussion featured in the first in-person performance in more than a year.

The Flashlightn is reflected in the Performing Arts Center door
Arts and Culture | April 5, 2021

UNLV Percussion performs "Scene and Heard" at first in-person PAC performance in a year.

Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall
Arts and Culture | March 24, 2021

The concert continues a series of student performances live-streamed from Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall.

A marimba
Arts and Culture | February 23, 2021

The concert continues a series of student performances live-streamed from Artemus W. Ham Concert Hall.

UNLV's "Flashlight" is reflected in the window of the Performing Arts Center
Arts and Culture | February 17, 2021

The concert continues a series of student performances live-streamed from the Performing Arts Center.

Music In The News

Las Vegas Review Journal
February 9, 2021

Just days before her death, Mary Wilson was in remarkably high spirits.

KTNV-TV: ABC 13
February 9, 2021

Most people like watching the commercials during the Super Bowl, and this year there's an extra incentive for viewers in Las Vegas to tune in. A local singer will have his voice heard in one of the ads!

KVVU-TV: Fox 5
February 9, 2021

A 19-year-old UNLV sophomore's voice was showcased during Super Bowl commercials.

Yahoo!
February 8, 2021

TikTok users will hear a familiar voice among the Super Bowl commercials on Sunday — Christian Shelton, the 19-year-old Las Vegas college student who has racked up millions of likes on the platform for his rousing covers of pop songs.

Los Angeles Times
February 8, 2021

TikTok users will hear a familiar voice among the Super Bowl commercials on Sunday — Christian Shelton, the 19-year-old Las Vegas college student who has racked up millions of likes on the platform for his rousing covers of pop songs.

KLAS-TV: 8 News Now
December 4, 2020

On Dec. 11, the UNLV Performing Arts Center will host a special Zoom concert featuring world-class guitarist Ricardo Cobo. It’s part of UNLV’s part of its “Live from” series.

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Recent Music Accomplishments

April 15, 2021
Jonathan Rhodes Lee (Music) recently had an article published by the U.S. Library of Congress as 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...
April 8, 2021
Kimberly James, Timothy Jones, Phillip Zawarus, Sean Slattery, Olga Townsend, Genevieve Tremblay, Francisco Menendez, Adam Paul (all Fine Arts), Althea Inns, Ted Weisman (OIT), and Julian Kilker (Journalism and Media Studies) contributed to a national online conversation about Envisioning a Post-pandemic Future for Arts and Media Higher Education...
March 3, 2021
Timothy Jones (Music), along with Gordon Hicken, wrote an article, "Standing Out from the Crowd: Producing Your Best Cover Letter and CV," for the April issue of Percussive Notes. A juried submission journal, Percussive Notes this year is making a push toward articles that can help colleagues with professional development.
January 20, 2021
Robert Shipley (Music) is the author of a drum method book, The Art of Commercial Drumming: How to Develop a Solid Groove and Become a Pocket Drummer. This book gives an opportunity to share knowledge and experience in an effort to give drummers the necessary tools needed to help them have the same. An accomplished world-class musician, Shipley...
December 10, 2020
Adam Schroeder (Music) is nominated for two 2021 Grammy Awards as part of John Beasley’s MONK’estra for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album, and for Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella. This is the eighth nomination the jazz saxophone professor has received since joining the music faculty four and half years ago. The 63rd Grammy Awards show is...
November 4, 2020
Sol Martinez (Music) was featured in a National Urban Indian Family Coalition national campaign ad urging Indigenous people to vote. A sophomore, she is a member of the UNLV Native American Student Association and has roots in several Indigenous groups: Las Vegas Paiute, Moapa Paiute, Cheyenne, Pawnee, Creek, as well as Durango, Mexico.