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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 student hugs the UNLV president while holding a bouquet and wearing a crown at a football game.
Campus News | May 12, 2020

Honors education major will be using her experiences to inspire a new generation of students.

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Arts and Culture | April 29, 2020

The UNLV Jazz program has won 24 DownBeat Magazine Student Music Awards since 2010.

Arts and Culture | April 17, 2020

Several world premieres are featured on the disc that is available for download on iTunes, Amazon, CDNOW, Naxos and all other online CD streaming services.

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Arts and Culture | April 15, 2020

Each weekly episode focuses on a different art theme.

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.

Music In The News

Las Vegas Review Journal
April 23, 2020

The Grammy-nominated UNLV Wind Orchestra has released its latest CD, “Quaternity.”

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.

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Recent Music Accomplishments

June 1, 2020
Jonathan Rhodes Lee (Music) has just published an article in Music and Letters, an imprint of Oxford University Press and one of the leading international journals of musical scholarship. Lee's article, "Giulia Frasi: Singer of Sentiment," discusses the career of George Frideric Handel’s last leading lady, Giulia Frasi (fl. 1742–72). Lee shows...
April 24, 2020
Richard Miller (Music), Katrina Liu (Teaching and Learning), and Arnetha F. Ball of the Stanford University Graduate School of Education recently published "Critical Counter-Narrative as Transformative Methodology for Educational Equity" in Review of Research in Education, a key journal of the American Educational Research Association. This...
April 20, 2020
Linda Lister (Music) wrote Chapter 3, "Yoga for Singers," in the new Rowman and Littlefield release So You Want to Sing with Awareness. Published in April and edited by Matthew Hoch of Auburn University, the book is volume 19 of the "So You Want to Sing" series co-sponsored by the National Association of Teachers of Singing.   
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...