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.
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.
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.
For fifty years, the Music Department at the University at Buffalo has maintained and nurtured a commitment to creative and performing artists at the forefront of contemporary music. The Center for 21st Century Music, founded and directed by composer David Felder in 2006, is built on this legacy.
This year's expanded concert season includes performances by the Sphinx Virtuosi, a new Shostakovich Quartet cycle with the Alexander Quartet, and the Parker Quartet in the legacy Slee Beethoven Cycle. Read about the Center for 21st Century Music series, our brown bag concerts, and more here.
The Department of Music at the University of Buffalo is committed to creating and maintaining a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment. Learn more about our policies on our diversity and inclusion page.
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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.