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School of Music News

The School of Music offers enriching undergraduate and graduate degree programs for students pursuing careers in composition, conducting, jazz studies, music education, and performance. We have more than 400 music majors studying under the guidance of experienced artist and performers, master teachers, and respected international scholars.

Current Music News

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Arts and Culture |

Now enjoying their 21st year together, this tight-knit ensemble is firmly established as an important voice in the world of chamber music.

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Arts and Culture |

This 16th annual collaboration concert is a mixture of visceral percussion music and mesmerizing lighting effects.

UNLV Wind Orchestra conductor Thomas Leslie
Arts and Culture |

The concert is conducted by artistic director and conductor Thomas G. Leslie, with associate conductor Zane Douglass.

Spring Flowers (Becca Schwartz)
Campus News |

A roundup of the top news stories featuring UNLV students and faculty.

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Arts and Culture |

UNLV will be one of only a few U.S. universities to offer a robust slate of classes exploring the traditional Mexican folk music.

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The performance will be guest conducted by Lawrence Loh.

Music In The News

Las Vegas Review Journal

UNLV’s College of Fine Arts Hall of Fame has honored many Strip entertainers in its 20-year history. But the annual event itself has never played the Strip.

KVVU-TV: Fox 5

For the students of the Las Vegas High School Mariachi Joya, their excitement for class is palpable. “It’s something I always look forward to every day, picking up my instrument and playing,” the group’s Student Director, Axel Rodriguez-Olivas says. The UNLV-bound student says his dream is to teach mariachi music to others, and, luckily for him, he’ll now be able to further his mariachi education without having to leave the valley. UNLV will be offering its first mariachi program starting this fall, led by Las Vegas High School’s Mariachi Joya Director Stephen Blanco.

Las Vegas Review Journal

UNLV’s School of Music announced several new classes for the fall semester focused on mariachi. The program will be overseen by Stephen Blanco, who founded Las Vegas High School’s mariachi program in 2018.


The visual and performing arts are in full swing throughout the state. Making good on its promises to bring more activity and people to Commercial Center, Clark County has just launched a program with UNLV, which will produce cultural events at the East Sahara complex.

KLAS-TV: 8 News Now

What’s Cool At School? How about hundreds of high school jazz students from around the western U-S at UNLV.

EIN Presswire

The National First Ladies’ Library and Museum will host the world premiere of a new set of musical compositions inspired by the First Ladies of the United States on Sunday, October 15, at 2:00 p.m. with its partners at the Christ Presbyterian Church, 530 Tuscarawas Street in Canton, Ohio.

Recent Music Accomplishments

Amy Brown (Music) presented a Table Talk at the Learning for the Future Conference titled, "Data-Driven In"Formative" Assessment." Participants discussed various ways of gathering data to analyze student progress and learned about using as an assessment tool for students of all ages.   
Andre Chiang (Music) has and will perform with Florida State University Opera, Opera Philadelphia, OperaDelaware, and at home with Opera Las Vegas. Chiang was a late add to sing the Forester in Janáček‘sThe Cunning Little Vixen in Czech on April 5 and 7. He then sings the Commissioner in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly with Opera Philadelphia on…
Jonathan Rhodes Lee (Music) published a review article in BACH: Journal of the Riemenschneider Bach Institute. The article examines Mark Kroll's Bach, Handel, Scarlatti (Cambridge University Press, 2023), which provides a reception history of these three composers in nineteenth-century England.  
Amy Brown (Music) presented Parachute Play at the Las Vegas Urban Chapter of Kodaly Educators (LUCKE) Chapter Workshop. In addition to the Kodaly method, participants experienced musical literacy using multiple methods of music education philosophies (Orff and Dalcroze). Using Edvard Grieg's, In the Hall of the Mountain King, members…
Jonathan Rhodes Lee (Music) published a "Guide to the Larry Fotine Music Collection." This publication serves as an index to the large archive, made available through the Arnold Shaw Popular Music Research Center, of the composer and jazz band leader Larry Fotine (1911–1990). Born Lawrence Constantine Fotinakis in Camden, New Jersey, this son of a…
Isrea Butler (Music) recently won a Grammy for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album as part of the Count Basie Orchestra for "Basie Swings the Blues." "I'm excited to be a part of this incredible album with this stellar group of musicians," Butler says of the experience, "Thanks to The Count Basie Orchestra! And thank you Count Basie! As Count…