Welcome to the Music Department

What's Happening


Fall 2015 Applications

Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Lippes Concert Hall, 10:00am
(UB students only)

Fall 2016 Applications

Sunday, January 31, 2016
250 Baird Hall

Sunday, February 7, 2016
250 Baird Hall

Sunday, March 13, 2016
250 Baird Hall

Masters of Music applicants must audition on or before February 7th in order to be considered for assistantship support. For more information or to sign up for an audition and apply to the UB Department of Music, please click on the links below:

Undergraduate Audition Request Form

Undergraduate Application Packet

Graduate Audition Request Form

Graduate Admissions

Millonzi Distinguished Honors Scholarship

The Tuition Debt Crisis: How UB Music Compares

Advanced Certificate in Contemporary Performance

The Advanced Certificate in Contemporary Performance at the UB Music Department is a new degree plan designed to provide students with creative opportunities to develop their experience in contemporary music performance.

Students will study all aspects of contemporary music performance, presentation, recording, and entrepreneurship.

In collaboration with UB's Center for 21st Century Music, students have the opportunity to perform with the Slee Sinfonietta, at the June in Buffalo Festival, and in the greater Buffalo area. The Department is home to an internationally recognized graduate program in Composition, exceptional performance venues, and a comprehensive library collection of contemporary music scores and recordings.

Open enrollment going on now! More info.

Harold Rosenbaum Conducting Institute

The Choral Conducting Institute was established in 2014 at Columbia University and at the University of Buffalo to provide choral conductors with an opportunity for growth. The institute offers 5-day workshops open to choral conductors from around the world who wish to enhance their careers, expand their contacts, and have an intensive experience with Dr. Harold Rosenbaum, one of the world's leading choral conductors. For more information, click here.

Featured News

Joining us for the fall semester is Prof. Anne Marie Weaver, recent recipient of the Ph.D. in Musicology at the Eastman School of Music,as well as awards including a Raymond N. Ball Dissertation Year Fellowship, and a Student Paper Prize for "Some Fuss About a Flea: Musorgsky's 'Song of the Flea in Auerbach's Cellar' and Its Sources in Beethoven and Gounod," as part of an American Musicological Society Chapter Meeting: New York-St. Lawrence Chapter. Prof. Weaver will be teaching the first semester of our Music History survey for majors and minors, MUS 213, along with a graduate seminar entitled, "A Century of European Art Song, ca. 1812-1914."

Weaver's dissertation, Art Song in Nineteenth-Century Russia: An International Exploration, uncovered the cosmopolitan nature of Russian song, a genre which typically avoids trends associated with musical nationalism and fully participates in the Western European traditions of song-writing. Weaver is currently focusing on publishing her dissertation as a scholarly monograph, and is planning some new research on Glinka's song collection, A Farewell to St. Petersburg. Weaver's other scholarly interests include opera from all time periods, and the many roles women played in the nineteenth-century musical world.

Meet our Faculty

Jean Kopperud, clarinet
Professor of Music

Prof. Jean Kopperud, clarinet, and students discuss the performance skills course,
"On the Edge."

Jon Nelson, trumpet
Professor of Music

Jon Nelson discusses the concert band's thought-provoking repertoire and professional work ethic, and the importance of establishing a musical presence in Buffalo.

Jonathan Golove, 'cello
Associate Professor

On working closely with students and visiting artists: "I think the greatest reward is interacting with people from a variety of traditions. It's really eye and mind-opening."

George Caldwell, piano
Adjunct Instructor of Music

George Caldwell, director of the UB Jazz Ensembles, discusses his strategy of working with students, and sharing his experiences of making music with some of the great jazz performers of the 20th century.

Upcoming Events

Sebastian Fagerlund

Visiting composer, lecture
October 2, 1:30pm
Baird 352

Stephen Manes, piano

Emeritus Faculty Recital
October 2, 7:30pm
Lippes Concert Hall

Mivos String Quartet

Visiting Ensemble
October 5, 7:30pm
Baird Recital Hall

Kaija Saariaho

Visiting composer, lecture
October 6, 3:00pm
Baird Recital Hall

Slee Sinfonietta & SIGNAL

Music of Kaija Saariaho
October 6, 7:30pm
Lippes Concert Hall