School of Music

With 500 music majors ranging from freshmen to doctoral level, 60 faculty, and 8 staff, the School of Music is actively engaged in creating and learning about music of all styles and genres. Indeed, music faculty and students present hundreds of outstanding recitals, concerts, and special events each year. The School is an exciting musical environment where students have the opportunity to experience tremendous growth.

UNC-educated musicians have gone on to success in every musical discipline and field imaginable including orchestral and band performance, opera, composition, jazz performance and arranging, film scoring, conducting, solo instrumental and vocal performance, music publishing, and more. Our graduates are successful as educators in classrooms from Greeley to Los Angeles, New York, and Bangkok, at all levels of instruction.

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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

Choir

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

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

orchestra

Orchestra

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

Percussion

Percussion

Several concerts every year offer performance opportunities for percussionists. Directed by Dr. Gray Barrier. Learn more about the Percussion Ensemble

Areas of Study


Brass and Percussion

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

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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

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.

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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

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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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

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.

Visit Skinner Music Library


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.

Visit Music Technology

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