Academics

The University at Buffalo Department of Music offers performers, composers, and scholars a stimulating interdisciplinary environment in which to develop their talents. The department is a showcase for world-renowned musicians—a diverse, energetic faculty with international reputations in composition, academic research, and musical performance. The Center for 21st-Century Music has been singled out as a Strategic Strength in the University's impressive 2020 plan, and reflects the Department's role as a forum for presenting and discussing cutting-edge music and scholarship.

Special facilities include the Hiller Computer Music Studio, among the most advanced in the nation, and the Music Library, one of the finest specialty collections in the northeastern U.S. The Music Library's extensive holdings range from rare manuscripts, books, and facsimiles, to contemporary scores and twentieth-century avant-garde poster art.

The Department offers more than 125 public performances each year, as well as master classes and lectures by visiting scholars and artists. A wide range of performance opportunities are available to all students, including participation in the UB Contemporary Ensemble, UB Symphony Orchestra, UB Concert Band, UB Jazz Ensemble, University Chorus and Choir, UB Opera Workshop, and numerous chamber groups. A low faculty-to-student ratio and extensive individual instruction allows students to achieve their highest potential.

Graduates of our programs, representing six continents, boast an extensive list of awards, accomplishments, and appointments to academic faculties. To be a music student at UB is to be part of a uniquely collegial musical community marked by a dynamic exchange of ideas and a shared commitment to artistic and academic excellence.

We invite you to peruse this site to learn more about our programs, facilities, faculty, and students. If you desire additional information, please contact Ms. Karen Sausner, director of Student Programs.

UB Music Department