School of Music

The School of Music at UNC offers award winning, internationally recognized programs, preparing fully engaged leaders in the modern musical landscape.

With over 450 students and 60 faculty, the School of Music continues to build upon an amazing legacy of achievement with an important regional, national, and international presence. The School of Music has been named a Colorado School of Excellence - the highest honor the Colorado Commission on Higher Education can bestow on a program offered by a state institution of higher education – and has received over 100 Downbeat Magazine Awards for our work. Artistic excellence is the norm here. Yet, the School of Music has not stopped there. UNC students are entering the field with something important to offer and our incredible faculty are providing them with the training that will allow their voice to be fully heard. The modern musical landscape has tremendous opportunities in it and our students and faculty are fully engaged and prepared to be leaders in it.

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News & Announcements


Faculty & Student Feature: Lindsay Fulcher and the new UNC String Project                                                Read more in the Greeley Tribune


Folk & Bluegrass professors featured in "Bear In Mind" podcast             Listen


Alumni Feature: School of Music grads teach all across the nation         Read more

 

Angela Parrish, UNC Music Alum

 

"UNC was the first place I ever truly felt I belonged."


Angela Parrish (MM '12), Singer/Songwriter
Featured in the film La La Land

Ensembles


UNC Bands

Bands

The UNC Bands program draws upon a rich and well-founded tradition of excellence & has received national and international recognition. Learn more about Bands

Brass

Brass

The School of Music has several ensembles for brass musicians including trumpet, trombone, tuba & horn. Learn more about Brass Ensembles

Chamber Music at UNC

Chamber Music

Students learn to balance independence with interdependence while honing technical & musical skills in an inspiring, creative and collaborative setting. Learn more about Chamber Music

Choirs at UNC

Choirs

Students from across campus all have the opportunity to participate in any of the five award winning choral ensembles at UNC. Learn more about Choir

Contemporary Music Ensemble

Contemporary Music Ensemble

The UNC Contemporary Music Ensemble performs music of our time, focusing on 21st-century repertoire. Learn more about the Contemporary Music Ensemble

Jazz

Jazz

Award-winning jazz ensembles offer students performance opportunities in big bands, combos, vocal jazz groups, and Latin jazz. Learn more about Jazz Ensembles

Marching Band

Marching Band

With over 160 members, the "Pride of the Rockies" Marching Band is a place to celebrate #UNCBears and forge lifelong friendships. Learn more about the Marching Band

Opera Theatre

Opera Theatre

Each season we present two fully-staged operas with orchestra, a program of opera scenes and a chamber opera festival, in addition to master classes and special events. Learn more about Opera Theatre

Orchestras

Orchestras

Instrumental students have opportunities to perform in award-winning Symphony, Chamber and Opera Orchestras. Learn more about Orchestras

Percussion

Percussion

Several concerts every year offer performance opportunities for percussionists. Directed by Mike Truesdell. Learn more about the Percussion Ensemble

Areas of Study


Brass Area at UNC

Brass

Students studying in the Brass area have many opportunities to participate in School of Music ensembles, such as Jazz, Bands, Orchestra, and more.

Learn more about Brass

Folk & Bluegrass Area at UNC

Folk and Bluegrass Studies

Students study bluegrass fiddle, mandolin, banjo, guitar, and bass. This program is available to students pursuing any of the school’s existing undergraduate degree programs.

Learn more about Folk and Bluegrass Studies

Jazz Studies Area at UNC

Jazz Studies

Performance opportunities in big bands, combos, vocal jazz groups, and Latin jazz. With over 30 years of history, UNC’s jazz ensembles have earned numerous accolades.

Learn more about Jazz Studies

Keyboard Area at UNC

Keyboard

Keyboard students have access to an array of exciting opportunities. Faculty works closely with each student to design an individualized plan of study that ensures student success.

Learn more about Keyboard

Music Composition Area at UNC

Music Composition

Our philosophy focuses on individual mentoring with faculty who are active in research, composition, and performance, with work presented and published both nationally and internationally.

Learn more about Music Composition

Music Business Emphasis at UNC

Music Business

The trend in the music business is to put careers together through personal marketing and the use of technology. Link your unique talents with entrepreneurship skills to succeed in music today.

Learn more about Music Business

Music Education Area at UNC

Music Education

Students are trained in the discipline of music and fully prepared in the art of pedagogy. Our program is dedicated to the preparation of the best musician/teachers of the future.

Learn more about Music Education

Music History & Literature Area at UNC

Music History and Literature

Our students frequently present papers at regional, national, and international conferences during their course of study. Student work has appeared in national and international peer-reviewed publications.

Learn more about Music History and Literature

Music Technology at UNC

Music Technology

The Music Technology Center houses multiple computer and keyboard labs, digital audio, video, and multimedia suites, and a state-of-the-art recording studio.

Learn more about Music Technology

Music Theory Area at UNC

Music Theory

All music students gain a high level of proficiency in music theory and aural skills, which are essential tools for the 21st-century musician.

Learn more about Music Theory

Percussion Area at UNC

Percussion

The performing ensembles offered to percussion students at UNC are many and diverse. Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Orchestra, and more.

Learn more about Percussion

Strings Area at UNC

Strings

Students learn to balance independence with interdependence while honing both technical and musical skills in an inspiring, creative and collaborative setting.

Learn more about Strings

Voice Area at UNC

Voice

Study with our highly recognized and dedicated faculty, who have performed extensively internationally and throughout the United States. We strive to create a friendly, supportive atmosphere.

Learn more about Voice

Woodwinds Area at UNC

Woodwinds

The performing ensembles offered to woodwind students at UNC are many and diverse. Marching Band, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Orchestra, and more.

Learn more about Woodwinds

 

Music Library & Technology Center

Skinner Music Library

Located on the University of Northern Colorado campus near the corner of 10th Avenue and 16th Street, the Howard M. Skinner Music Library specializes in curricular support of the School of Music and Musical Theatre Programs but is open to everyone.


The Music Technology Center

The Music Technology Center houses multiple computer and keyboard labs, digital audio, video, and multimedia suites, and a state-of-the-art recording studio.

 

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