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 the performance of classical chamber music. In addition to a range of traditional performing ensembles, such distinctive and unusual groups as the Genkin Philharmonic, Open! String Ensemble and Transatlantic Ensemble offer students active collaborations with faculty and other students.
We offer more than 150 public performances each year. A wide range of performance venues are available to students, including University Chorus, University Choir, UB Concert Band, UB Jazz Ensembles, UB Symphony Orchestra, UB Contemporary Ensemble and numerous smaller ensembles and chamber groups.
The department also hosts visiting artists and ensembles throughout the year. Music students receive free admission to a full season of concerts and the opportunity to participate in guest master classes with leading musicians.
The performance faculty is comprised of world-renowned soloists, ensemble musicians, and orchestral players committed to preparing UB students for careers in music. The department's low student-teacher ratio ensures that students receive a high degree of individual instruction and supervision. In addition to offering weekly studio lessons, the faculty direct performance initiatives at the university and throughout the local community, providing students with unique performance opportunities in Buffalo and greater Western New York.