The Historical Musicology Program encourages students to explore the myriad avenues open in musical scholarship today. Training for graduate students is rigorous, demanding and specifically crafted to the needs of each students.
The graduate Music Theory program is one of the most successful in the U.S., with graduates now teaching at Yale, Temple, Swarthmore, Bowling Green, Ithaca College, American University, Arizona State and many other world-class institutions.
Music Performance students have opportunities to explore both traditional and contemporary music in an internationally recognized center for new music with a storied legacy of performing classical chamber music.
Professor Eric Huebner’s new Album, Désordre, documents his long-standing commitment to the music of Hungarian Composer György Ligeti. The album, recently released by New Focus Recordings and underwritten by the Classical Recording Foundation, is a tour de force of astounding technical prowess and brilliant musical insight. It features Ligeti’s first two books of piano etudes, along with his Horn Trio.
Michael Mwenso, a UB visiting professor of the arts and leader of Mwenso & the Shakes, an internationally acclaimed troupe of musical artists, will expand what was initially planned as a succinct and tightly programmed residency into a semester-long, socially distanced engagement with UB students.
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.
The Center for 21st Century Music frequently brings internationally recognized composers, performers and ensembles to collaborate with students, offering a variety of distinct and complementary perspectives. It's also home to June in Buffalo, one of the largest contemporary music festivals in the U.S.