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 80 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 voices 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.
The UNC School of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).
To the Bear Community
I write to you today with a profound sense of both anger and sadness.
George Floyd is another victim among countless others who have violently lost their lives or whose lives were threatened because of the color of their skin. This tragic and unnecessary event has once again shined a spotlight on racially motivated violence and systemic discrimination in our society. Around the country, including here in Colorado, people have gathered to protest the deaths, affirm Black lives, denounce systems that allow identity-based violence to persist, and demand change. The anguish and emotion visible in their faces is projected into every home on our televisions and news feeds.
Our University’s leadership stands in solidarity with those protesting systemic injustices, including police violence, and is committed to addressing systemic oppression, discrimination, and racism on our campus and in our society.
I have written you in the past to express and reaffirm the values of inclusion and respect that we nurture and fulfill in the UNC community. Now, more than ever, we must live these values fully and take a stand against acts of discrimination and racism. Far too many Bears live in fear of being a target of hate or violence because of their identities
To echo the words of activist Angela Davis, “In a racist society, it is not enough to be non-racist, we must be anti-racist.” I encourage each of you to join me in my commitment to not just speak out against hatred and bias, but to pursue and implement positive change. As a Community of Bears, we must continue to work together to confront and prevent acts of hate and bias and hold each other and our communities accountable.
I know from deep dialog with colleagues and peers of color that the persistent struggle, compounded by the weight of these recent events, has taxed many of them emotionally and physically—they are exhausted and hurt. They should not bear the burden of striving for justice alone. Now is the time for us all to pick up our paddles and row together toward a more just society that honors and cultivates the value of the lives of all people of color.
Rowing, Not Drifting,
Andy Feinstein, President
Following public health advisories, the University of Northern Colorado College of Performing and Visual Arts has canceled all in-person events for the remainder of the 19-20 academic year and the 2020 summer arts season, including all Little Theatre of the Rockies productions and Concert Under the Stars performances. Read More
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Admission to the School of Music
The School of Music offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate degrees in instrumental performance, vocal performance, jazz studies, music composition, music education, music history and literature, music theory, and conducting. Admission requires a UNC application, supplementary music materials, and for most programs, an audition.
Applications still being accepted for the 2020-21 School Year. Email Mark.Allwein@unco.edu to inquire about auditioning.
The crossroads of UNC, Campus Commons Performance Hall is home to UNC School of Music faculty and student performances and presenter of world-renowned visiting artists.
The Music Technology Center, created by a grant from the Colorado Commission on Higher Education and the National Endowment for the Arts, was completed in 1993 and houses multiple computer and keyboard labs, digital audio, video, and multimedia suites, and a state-of-the-art recording studio.
With 67,000 scores, 27,500 books, 27,000 CDs, 11,500 LPs 2,000 DVDs and videos and 15,000 square feet, Skinner Music Library is UNC's standalone music library, servicing the students, staff, Greeley, and beyond.