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Fall 2015 Applications


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

February, 2016

March, 2016

Non-UB students and applicants who wish to be considered for music scholarship or assistantships should audiition not later than TBA. 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

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

George Caldwell hails from Clarksdale, Mississippi. After a brief stint with Clifford Jordan, Caldwell played piano with the Duke Ellington Orchestra, leading to seven years with The Count Basie Orchestra, under the direction of Frank Foster.

Some of the many great artists he has shared the bandstand with include Dizzy Gillespie, Cab Calloway, Frank Wess, Clark Terry, Quincy Jones, Joe Williams, George Benson, Kenny Garrett, Art Blakey, Savion Glover, Lou Rawls, Lionel Hampton, George Coleman, Louis Smith, Joe Newman, Roy Hargrove, Bobby McFerrin, Max Roach, and Jon Faddis.

Caldwell studied at Memphis State University and Oberlin Conservatory of Music. He was awarded a Ralph Bunche Fellowship for masters work at Rutgers University and has garnered many prestigious awards throughout his career.

He is also compiling material for a recording which will include his own compositions as well as his arrangements of tunes from the American standard songbook.

In Buffalo, Caldwell leads a quintet of top-tier musicians performing original compositions and standards from the American songbook.

Emlyn Johnson is a flutist especially interested in exploring the connections between Baroque and contemporary music. An advocate for new music, Emlyn has recently performed with Slee Sinfonietta, Ensemble Signal, Ossia New Music Ensemble, Musica Nova, and Fifth House Ensemble. She has also studied Baroque flute and chamber music with Claire Guimond, Paul O'Dette, Edward Parmentier, and members of the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra.

Emlyn is equally at home in the world of standard repertoire and is a recent prizewinner of the Texas Flute Society's Myrna Brown Competition. She has performed at myriad national and international festivals, including June in Buffalo, Aspen, Chautauqua, and Orford. Emlyn can be heard on recordings of the Eastman Wind Ensemble and University of Michigan Symphony Band, and she is an active performer in western New York and beyond.

Emlyn holds degrees from Eastman School of Music and University of Michigan. Her teachers include Bonita Boyd, Amy Porter, and Dr. Brooks de Wetter-Smith. She is excited to join the UB performance faculty in Fall 2014!

Brian Greene joined the BPO in 2012 as Acting Second Oboe. He previously held the position of Associate Principal Oboe with both the Honolulu Symphony for six seasons played the premiere season with the newly-formed Hawaii Symphony Orchestra. He has been a frequent guest artist with numerous orchestras, including the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke's, the American Composer's Orchestra, the Omaha Symphony, the Utah Symphony, and the San Francisco Symphony. An active chamber musician as well, he performed with the Sylvan Winds in New York City and the Washington Square Contemporary Music Society. From 1987-2000 he was the oboe and English horn soloist with the June in Buffalo festival where he premiered several works for oboe and can be heard on several recordings of the music of David Felder and Morton Feldman. Mr. Greene holds performance degrees from the Eastman School of Music, where he was in the studio of Richard Killmer, and the Cleveland Institute of Music as a scholarship student of John Mack. He joins the UB faculty as Adjunct Instructor of Oboe and English Horn in August 2014.

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

The Music Department's Fall 2015 season will feature a number of exciting concerts and performances, both by UB students and faculty, as well as professional ensembles. Specific concert dates will be posted soon. Visit slee.buffalo.edu for more info.