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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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Campus News | October 4, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting research wins, expert insights, and academic achievement.

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People | September 26, 2022

Over his mother's well-intentioned advice, UNLV's wind orchestra director picks up the conductor baton instead of a dental drill.

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Arts and Culture | September 21, 2022

Join us as we explore how art, design, media, and performing arts disciplines enhance the creation of knowledge.

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Arts and Culture | September 21, 2022

The production is the world premiere workshop of Act 1 Letters to Lily, music and libretto by alumna Emily Clements.

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Arts and Culture | September 14, 2022

The trio will perform works from Bernstein, Schumann, and Smetanaon.

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Arts and Culture | September 13, 2022

Chamber Works of Éric Tanguy received a five-star review from Pizzicato Magazine (Luxembourg) for its "extremely successful interpretations."

Music In The News

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.

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.

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Recent Music Accomplishments

September 21, 2022
Amy Brown (Music) presented a session to K-12 educators titled, Gamifying Assessments: Where Do I Begin? at the Silver State Technology Conference in Las Vegas in September 2022. The focus of this session was to compare and contrast the popular assessment sites so that educators could decide which tool would best fit their classroom needs for…
June 22, 2022
The Arnold Shaw Popular Music Research Center published an archive of recorded jazz interviews, masterclasses, and performances prepared by Bill Spilka between the 1970s and the 1990s. Director Jonathan Rhodes Lee (Music) has sorted and published this tape archive of one-of-a-kind items related to more than 90 jazz artists, including Benny Goodman…
May 24, 2022
Jonathan Rhodes Lee (Music) has just published a chapter in The Heroic in Music (Woodbridge, U.K.: Boydell Press). This volume traces the intersection of the poetics of heroism and musical works from the Middle Ages through the 21st century. Lee contributed the book’s chapter on the 18th century, a period that scholars have often deemed an "age…
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…