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AS YOU READ THROUGH THESE PAGES . . . you will discover the unique opportunities and dynamic community that await you at the CU-Boulder College of Music. Here you will work with professors who are recognized nationally and internationally and take a deep and lasting interest in their students. You will be welcomed by a community of students who are passionate about music making and learning and engaged in more than 350 solo, ensemble, and chamber music performances every year.

As a CU-Boulder student, you will also benefit from a wide range of offerings that are exactly what you would expect from a world-class university. We are home to Nobel laureates, Grammy Award-winning musicians, and world-famous scholars from every field imaginable—and we are setting new standards in teaching, research, and creative work that will help you gain a competitive advantage when you graduate. At the College of Music, we will provide you an engaging experience that will challenge you to set your aspirations high and then help you prepare to meet them.

From your very first day, your work will take place in small classes, private lessons, and large and small ensembles. You will find a supportive faculty that sets high standards, yet fosters a collaborative environment. DANIEL P. SHER, DEAN

“Outstanding faculty, supportive peers, the resources of a major research university, and making music in the most beautiful college town in the USA . . . my only regret is that I can’t relive this wonderful experience.” —Eliana Maria Murphy, piano (BM ‘03, MM ‘05)

THE COLLEGE OF MUSIC The College of Music is creating futures in music and culture within an internationally recognized research university. From our award-winning performance, classical, and jazz studies programs to our composition, music education, and music theory offerings, our wide range of conservatorylevel training focuses on student success and well-being, producing the strongest musicians and offering the best performance opportunities possible.

With a student body of 550 students, the College of Music is a supportive, collegial community where students and faculty collaborate in the presentation of more than 350 concerts and special events each year. Students also benefit from several master classes offered in conjunction with the CU Presents’ Artist Series concerts. Our trendsetting initiatives ensure students are prepared to craft their own fulfilling career in the 21st century as well as shape the future of music

FACILITIES Located in the Imig Music Building, the College of Music offers practice rooms, faculty studios, a music library, a computer music production studio, a reed room, large ensemble rehearsal areas, equipment storage areas, offices, seminar rooms, and classrooms. In addition, we house three performance venues in the Imig Music Building—the 500-seat Grusin Music Hall, our 117-seat Chamber Hall, and the 250-seat Music Theater.

The College of Music also houses the Howard B. Waltz Music Library, which contains one of the largest and most important music research collections between Chicago and Los Angeles. In addition to its primary collection of over 100,000 scores, recordings, books, and periodicals, our music library is home to the American Music Research Center—an archive and sponsor of activities dedicated to American Music.

and culture, with support from the Entrepreneurship Center for Music and the Musicians’ Wellness Initiative. We provide access to a world-class university, encouraging our students to excel in their musicianship, performance, and studies, and producing well-rounded individuals by offering educational opportunities for cross-disciplinary development.

Other performance venues on campus include the historic Macky Auditorium, a 2,000-seat concert hall where several College of Music concerts and operas are presented annually. Students also perform in CU’s ATLAS (Alliance for Technology, Learning, and Society) Black Box theater and the University Theatre and Charlotte York Irey Studios in conjunction with the university’s Department of Theatre and Dance.

TRENDSETTING INITIATIVES Entrepreneurship Center for Music The Entrepreneurship Center for Music (ECM) is a dynamic program focusing on the business aspect of performing arts. From the basics of marketing to the application of talent and training, the goal of the ECM is to enable music students and professionals to approach their careers more resourcefully by creating opportunities to prosper in their art. For more information, visit music.

Musicians’ Wellness Initiative The Musicians’ Wellness Initiative (MWI) is designed to increase proficiency and prevent injury through somatic training, health-related information, and a medical support network. Classes and lessons in the Alexander Technique and Body Mapping are offered each semester, and students also benefit from weekly on-site massage clinics through a special partnership with the Boulder College of Massage Therapy. MWI provides essential assistance to injured students, guiding them to appropriate resources with a local network of medical professionals trained in the special needs of musicians. For more information visit departments/wellness.

Study Abroad Programs Music majors have the option to study abroad for a semester or summer term. Study abroad opportunities include exchange programs with the Royal Northern Conservatory in Manchester, England, and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in Sydney, Australia. Additionally, the College of Music offers programs in Europe, Africa, and South America. For more information, visit

In addition to our many free performances, the College of Music is also home to a prestigious performing arts series called CU Presents— including the Artist Series, the Takács Quartet Series, CU Opera, and the annual Holiday Festival. The Artist Series has been Ailey II bringing the world’s greatest performers to Boulder for over 70 years, including Pilobolus, the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, the Kronos Quartet, James Galway, Edgar Meyer, Marilyn Horne, the Martha Graham Dance Company, and Wynton Marsalis. All CU Presents performances are ticketed; however, significant discounts are available for students. Learn more at


As the flagship university of the state of Colorado, CU-Boulder is a dynamic community of scholars and learners situated on one of the most spectacular college campuses in the country. CU-Boulder has a proud tradition of academic excellence, with four Nobel laureates and more than 50 members of prestigious academic academies. Today, with our sights set on becoming the standard for the great comprehensive public research universities of the new century, CU-Boulder strives to serve the people of Colorado and to engage with the world through excellence in our teaching, research, creative work, and service. As a student, you will have access to academic opportunities that will enhance your knowledge, prepare you for your career, challenge your intellect, and introduce you to new thoughts and experiences. Undergraduate students can choose from 74 undergraduate majors; supplement their major with certificate programs in an additional area of interest; and pursue a second degree, double major, or minor. Minors are offered throughout the College of Arts & Sciences, the College of Engineering & Applied Sciences, and the Leeds School of Business.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS Is it possible to make a living in the music field? At the College of Music, you will gain communication skills as you collaborate with colleagues and conductors in small and large ensembles, advertising skills as you promote your many concerts and performance events, marketing skills as you program and choose repertoire of interest to your audience members, and business skills as you begin an entrepreneurial life as a musician. Upon graduation, you will possess not only performance skills in your major field, but also transferrable skills that will allow you to apply for a variety of jobs and positions. What scholarships do you offer? Every student completing the application process for the College of Music is automatically considered for a music scholarship. While recorded auditions are accepted, stronger consideration is given to those who audition live or on campus. Undergraduate students are eligible for numerous tuition scholarships, endowed scholarships, and service awards. These awards are given to students demonstrating outstanding merit. Graduate students are eligible for scholarships, fellowships, and assistantships, which are also based on outstanding merit. Graduate students who wish to be considered for assistantships are urged to visit campus and meet with faculty. CU-Boulder has a lot of students. How much individual attention will I receive at the College of Music? Although more than 29,000 students study in over 150 fields of study on the CU-Boulder campus, the College of Music, at 550 students, boasts a ratio of approximately one faculty member for every six students. This enables our students to benefit from dynamic personal interaction with their professors and peers, participating in a tightly knit community within the greater campus.

What are the Minimum Academic Preparation Standards (MAPS)? The MAPS requirements for students applying to the College of Music are as follows: 4 years of English and math, 3 years of natural science, 2 years of social science, 2 years of a single foreign language, and 1 year of an academic elective. Students may be admitted to CU-Boulder even though they have not met all MAPS requirements. If that is the case, students will be required to complete the appropriate MAPS courses once they enroll, and those credits may be applied toward graduation. Students may also complete missing MAPS course work in high school, at other colleges or universities, or through approved credit-by-examination programs. MAPS requirements not completed in high school or college are factored into the admission decision. If students complete two or more years of their secondary school course work at a non-U.S. high school, they are exempt from the MAPS requirements. What is the student profile for admitted students to the College of Music? The middle 50 percent of students admitted to the College of Music maintain an unweighted high school GPA of 3.5­­–4.0, rank in the top 30 percent of their graduating class, and score between 25–30 on the ACT and/or 1190–1340 on the SAT (critical reading and math scores only). What kind of high school courses do I need to take to prepare for college? Students seeking admission into collegiate music programs are encouraged to prepare themselves by spending time developing their written and aural theory skills in addition to their basic keyboard skills. Prospective students are also encouraged to take Advanced Placement tests in music theory before beginning their college careers.

How do the undergraduate degree programs differ? The Bachelor of Music program provides preprofessional training for students who expect to engage in a career in performance, composition, or musicology (including ethnomusicology). The Bachelor of Music Education program, which includes approved course work for teaching licensure, is designed to provide superior preparation for the teaching of music in the primary and secondary schools. The Bachelor of Arts in music program offers students the opportunity to gain a broad liberal arts education with a concentration in music studies. This degree program is popular among students who wish to double major with a field outside of the College of Music. Does the College of Music offer any minors? No. However, the college does offer a Certificate in Music Technology, which is open to music and non-music majors. The certificate consists of a 14–18 credit hour curriculum drawn from the College of Music’s music technology courses, concluding with a project in computer music composition, performance, or research. The college also offers a Certificate in Jazz Studies. However, students pursuing that certificate must be admitted to the College of Music first. What opportunities exist within the College of Music for non-music majors? All ensembles are open by audition to all students regardless of major (some ensembles do not require any audition). Students can also take music elective courses such as Music Appreciation, the History of Jazz, and the History of the Rock Era. Students interested in taking private lessons can register through the Division of Continuing Education’s website. www.colorado. edu/ContinuingEducation


BRASS AND PERCUSSION • Brass and percussion students receive private lessons and participate in studio classes on a weekly basis, expanding their skills through one-on-one and group coaching in solo, chamber, orchestral, and jazz repertoire. Students perform in numerous ensembles, including the University Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, chamber groups, jazz ensembles, and CU Opera productions. Students frequently participate in master classes with guest artists like trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, hornists Phil Meyers and the American Horn Quartet, trombonists Christian Lindberg and John Fedchock, tuba/euphonium artists Velvet Brown and the Sotto Voce Tuba Quartet, and percussionists Jen Geoffroy and Michael Udow. Advanced students are often contracted to perform with local professional and community organizations, such as the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Ballet, Boulder Philharmonic, Colorado Springs Symphony, Greeley Philharmonic, and Longmont Symphony. Degrees Bachelor of Music Bachelor of Music with Secondary Emphasis in Jazz Studies – trumpet – trombone


Bachelor of Music Education Bachelor of Arts Master of Music – Brass Performance – Brass Performance & Pedagogy – Percussion Performance Doctor of Musical Arts – Brass Performance & Pedagogy – Percussion Performance & Pedagogy Faculty Our brass and percussion faculty not only provide specialized training for their students, they inspire them and continue to perform professionally in orchestral, chamber, jazz, and solo settings throughout the United States and abroad. Through these connections, faculty members are able to recommend advanced student musicians for performance and teaching opportunities with professional ensembles and organizations throughout the Denver/Boulder metro areas and beyond. William Stanley, trombone, chair Justin Bartels, trumpet Terry Sawchuk, trumpet Michael Thornton, horn Michael Dunn, tuba/euphonium Carl Dixon, percussion Michael Tetrault, percussion Douglas Walter, percussion

The composition faculty encourages each composer to explore the trajectories of his or her own interests, be they orchestral, chamber music, wind ensemble, cross-collaborations, self-performance, music technologies, or fusions thereof. From concert music to film music, music for dance to music for entire evening events, electro-acoustic music to electronica, the range of disciplines offered are anything but monochromatic. Student compositions are regularly performed on the Pendulum New Music Concert Series and on concerts by the Boulder Laptop Orchestra. Students also have opportunities to compose or arrange music for a variety of performing forces, from small chamber groups to facultyconducted large ensembles, including the Electronic Music Ensemble. Each year, the college hosts an impressive variety of guest composers and performers, including George Crumb, William Bolcom, Mark Anthony Turnage, Michael Daugherty, Michael Colgrass, Joan Towner, Roger Reynolds, Alarm Will Sound, Bang on a Can All-Stars, and eighth blackbird.

Degrees Bachelor of Music Certificate in Music Technology Master of Music – Composition  omposition with an emphasis –C in Music Technology Doctor of Musical Arts Faculty The four working composers at CU-Boulder are creating an artistic environment unlike any other in the nation, each bringing a wealth of knowledge, worldly experience, and artistic vision to the table. Together, our faculty seeks to bring composers to Boulder who will contribute their unique visions to our musical community while gaining new insights that will inspire their own musical endeavors. Daniel Kellogg, composition, chair John Drumheller, composition/ music technology Carter Pann, composition/theory Michael Theodore, composition Hsing-ay Hsu, Artistic Director, Pendulum New Music Series


The conducting program provides substantial podium time for graduate conductors. Students in the graduate conducting program are designated to conduct several ensembles comprised mostly of non-music majors. In addition, students regularly rotate as guest conductors through other major ensembles. Conductors collaborate with the composition department to prepare and present premiers of new works. Students also hold conducting positions in local ensembles throughout the area. The undergraduate conducting experience is enhanced by not only the applied conducting faculty, but also with graduate and doctoral students who have achieved national and international acclaim. The wind conducting program also hosts the College Band Directors’ National Association Conducting Symposium, which is among the leading conducting workshops worldwide. Students involved in the orchestral conducting program have opportunities to study symphonic, chamber, and operatic repertoire, working collaboratively with CU Opera productions.


Doctor of Music Arts – Instrumental Conducting and Literature – Choral Conducting and Literature Faculty The conducting faculty leads all aspects of band, orchestral, and choral activities at the College of Music. In addition, faculty members serve as mentors for students enrolled in graduate conducting programs and provide all instruction for undergraduate courses in choral and instrumental conducting. Allan McMurray, Director of Bands, Chair Matthew Roeder, Associate Director of Bands Dana Biggs, Assistant Director of Bands Gary Lewis, Director of Orchestral Studies Nicholas Carthy, Music Director, CU Opera Gregory Gentry, Director of Choral Studies Jeffrey Gemmell, Associate Director of Choirs

The award-winning CU Jazz Studies Program offers courses in theory, improvisation, arranging, pedagogy, and history. DownBeat Magazine has recognized the program 14 times during the past five years for excellence in improvisation, arranging, composition, and ensemble performance. Jazz Ensemble I has performed twice at the International Association of Jazz Education Conference, as well as at state and regional festivals. In addition to specialized individual training, the program features three big bands and seven combos that are open to all CU students, regardless of major. The Jazz Studies Program also offers a Certificate in Jazz Studies for undergraduate music majors. The certificate consists of an intense 18-hour curriculum in both academic and performance areas, concluding with a jazz recital. Courses taken as part of the certificate include jazz theory and aural foundations, improvisation, history of jazz, scoring and arranging, jazz piano, and jazz techniques for the music educator. Degrees Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies - Trumpet - Trombone - Drum Set - Saxophone - Jazz Bass - Jazz Guitar

Degrees Master of Music in Conducting – Wind Symphony/Band – Orchestral – Choral – Choral with emphasis in Vocal Performance

Bachelor of Music in Jazz Piano Certificate in Jazz Studies Master of Music – Jazz Pedagogy & Performance Doctor of Musical Arts – Jazz Studies Faculty The nationally renowned jazz studies faculty is comprised of individuals who appear throughout the world as performers and educators. Each year, the program hosts numerous workshops and concerts featuring many leaders from the jazz performance industry. John Davis, Director of Jazz Studies Eduardo Barbosa, jazz bass Dave Corbus, jazz guitar Paul Erhard, bass Brad Goode, jazz trumpet John Gunther, jazz saxophone Jeff Jenkins, jazz piano Tom Myer, saxophone Mark Patterson, jazz trombone Paul Romaine, drum set Terry Sawchuk, trumpet Douglas Walter, percussion Keith Waters, theory

KEYBOARD The keyboard department provides a comprehensive and integrated program that balances strong curricula in solo and collaborative piano, harpsichord, organ, and pedagogy with in-depth experiences in solo performance, chamber music, instrumental and vocal accompanying, opera coaching, teaching, literature, basso continuo realization, performance practice, and new music. We also offer specialized training in group piano pedagogy, teaching with technology, and pedagogical research. Students have the opportunity to interact with members of our internationally recognized keyboard faculty, as well as many leading musicians outside the department, while learning practical aspects of performing and teaching careers. In addition, students interact with visiting guest artists throughout the academic year, attending and participating in master classes and workshops. Recent guest artists have included Menahem Pressler, Olga Kern, Leon Fleisher, and Yefim Bronfman. Degrees Bachelor of Music - Piano - Harpsichord - Organ

Master of Music – Piano Performance – Piano Performance & Pedagogy – Collaborative Piano – Early Keyboard – Organ Performance – Harpsichord Performance Doctor of Musical Arts – Piano Performance – Organ Performance – Collaborative Piano Faculty Our keyboard faculty features internationally recognized professors uniquely equipped to provide strong training in solo performance, pedagogy, accompanying, chamber music, organ, harpsichord, literature, and the performance practice of early music. David Korevaar, piano performance, chair Andrew Cooperstock, piano performance Alejandro Cremaschi, piano pedagogy Elizabeth Farr, organ and harpsichord performance, Early Music Ensemble Doris Pridonoff Lehnert, piano performance Margaret McDonald, collaborative piano Alexandra Nguyen, collaborative piano

Bachelor of Music Education Bachelor of Arts

MUSICOLOGY The undergraduate musicology degree prepares students for graduate study in musicology and for positions in music writing and teaching. Students work individually on upper-level studies with faculty who are specialists in most historical eras of music literature and geographical subfields of ethnomusicology. Graduate students develop individual projects, attend small advanced classes, and participate in regular colloquia with the faculty. Our undergraduate students have opportunities to read papers on colloquium programs and often take advantage of the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP), especially for international research projects. Graduate students also read papers at College of Music colloquia and at local, national, and international conferences. In addition, graduate students work as assistant editors for the American Music Research Center Journal, and for other journals for which our faculty serve as editors (including the prestigious Journal of the American Musicological Society). Both graduate and undergraduate students enjoy the opportunity to present pre-concert lectures, create program notes, and write music reviews for local newspapers.

Degrees Bachelor of Music in Musicology Bachelor of Arts in Musicology and World Music Doctor of Philosophy in Musicology Faculty The musicology faculty offers courses in the history of Western music from antiquity to the present day and the study of ethnomusicology (e.g., world musics, Asian, African, Latin American, Native American, and EuroAmerican music). Our faculty also teaches courses in special fields such as research methods, the history of theory, popular culture, historiography, paleography, and music in its social and political contexts. Jay Keister, Chair Carlo Caballero Elissa Guralnick Rebecca Maloy Austin Okigbo Thomas Riis Brenda Romero Laurie Sampsel Jeremy Smith

MUSIC EDUCATION THE BACHELOR OF MUSIC EDUCATION degree is designed to prepare students for careers in music education and leads to a K–12 teaching license. Students choose one of four specialized degree tracks: choral, instrumental, choral-general, or instrumental-general. As part of the program, students complete 150 hours of early field experience in diverse school settings. Undergraduate students have opportunities to begin observing and working with local music teachers during their sophomore year. Students work in partnership with public school teachers as they assume the roles and responsibilities of a full-time music educator during their final semester in the program. Students have the opportunity to complete the degree in four years, inclusive of their student-teaching internship. Dual degrees in performance and music education are available in voice, woodwind, brass, percussion, and strings, and are obtainable in five years. For over a decade, nearly 100 percent of our bachelor of music education graduates have been placed in jobs. Alumni hold teaching positions in over 20 states and three foreign countries. The graduate program in music education offers flexible degree plans designed to meet a variety of student interests. Since many graduate students work full time, the college also offers plans of study that can be completed through a combination of after-school hours and summer courses. The master of music education + licensure degree is designed for individuals who have completed an undergraduate degree in music and want to qualify for a Colorado K–12 Music Teaching License while completing a graduate degree. The PhD degree is designed to prepare individuals for careers as college music education faculty members or as music administrators and practitioner-leaders in public schools.

Graduate students regularly present research papers and clinics at regional and national conferences. Graduate students have an opportunity to interact with nationally recognized leaders as part of our Music Education Guest Scholar Series. Several PhD alumni hold tenure-track positions at major universities and are recognized for superb teaching and leadership, with publications in the Music Educators’ Journal and the Journal of Research in Music Education. Degrees Bachelor of Music Education – Choral music – Instrumental music – Choral-general music – Instrumental-general music Master of Music Education Master of Music Education + Licensure Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education   Faculty The College of Music is the only music school in the Rocky Mountain region with full-time faculty specialists in all areas of music education (elementary general, choral, instrumental-strings, instrumental-band). Our faculty has over 50 years of combined public school teaching experience, covering urban, rural, and suburban settings. Martina Miranda, general music, chair James Austin, winds & percussion Margaret Berg, strings Dana Biggs, winds & percussion Leila Heil, choral music David Rickels, winds & percussion Matthew Roeder, winds & percussion


STRINGS The strings department combines intellectual and musical rigor in the warmth of a tightly knit community. Our faculty members are committed to preparing students professionally and comprehensively. The program offers high-level experiences for string players through individual lessons and chamber music coaching with acclaimed faculty and master classes with a variety of performing artists including Andrés Cárdenes, former concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and the Takács Quartet, CU-Boulder’s Grammy-winning string quartet. The string program also boasts a Graduate Quartet Residency that has attracted the finest young national and international string quartets. Students have extensive opportunities in orchestral, opera, chamber, Baroque, contemporary, and individual performance. Students also enjoy solo appearance opportunities resulting from our annual concerto competition. Performing ensemble opportunities include the University Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, CU Opera productions, the Early Music Ensemble, and performances of new works through the Pendulum New Music Concert Series. Advanced students are contracted frequently to perform with local professional and community organizations such as the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Ballet, Boulder Philharmonic, Colorado Springs Symphony, Greeley Philharmonic, and Longmont Symphony. Degrees Bachelor of Music - Strings - Classical Guitar - Harp

Bachelor Music Education Bachelor of Arts Master of Music - String Performance - String Performance & Pedagogy - Harp - Classical Guitar - Music Education Doctor of Musical Arts - Strings - Harp - Classical Guitar Professional Certificate in String Quartet Performance Faculty Members of the string faculty enhance the university and the community by promoting outstanding musicianship and high artistic ideals through their own musical activities. Judith Glyde, cello, chair Lina Bahn, violin Charles Wetherbee, violin Erika Eckert, viola Paul Erhard, bass Nicolò Spero, guitar Janet Harriman, harp Margaret Berg, string pedagogy The Takács Quartet – Edward Dusinberre, violin – Károly Schranz, violin – Geraldine Walther, viola – András Fejér, cello

THEORY Music Theory forms an integral part of each music student’s education at the University of Colorado Boulder, both at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Required courses for all undergraduate music majors include Music Theory (Semesters 1-4), Aural Skills (Semesters 1-4), as well as upper division electives in tonal analysis, post-tonal analysis, counterpoint, jazz theory, composition, and music technology. Graduate students may pursue study in advanced topics in music theory and analysis. The Master’s Degree in Music Theory focuses both on core aspects of the discipline of music theory (Schenkerian Analysis, PostTonal Analysis, Pedagogy of Music Theory), and on electives that allow the student to develop other areas of specialty. The thesis document(s) require the student to conduct original scholarly research that responds to extant scholarship. The Masters degree is intended to prepare students for doctoral study in the field. Each year the Music Theory Department hosts presentations and classes by distinguished

scholars. In recent years, guests have included Charles Burkhart, Joel Lester, Kofi Agawu, Elizabeth West Marvin, Steve Laitz, Robert Hatten, Alexandra Pierce, and Eugene Narmour. Degrees Master of Music in Music Theory Faculty Our faculty offer a broad array of research specializations that include analysis of the music of the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries; Schenkerian analysis; post-tonal theory; jazz theory; theories of rhythm and meter; analysis and performance; intersections of literary and music theory; and pedagogy of music theory. Daphne Leong, chair Steven Bruns Philip Chang Yonatan Malin Paul Miller Keith Waters

VOICE Voice students receive weekly lessons and perform in weekly performance classes. Students also study art song literature and diction; receive vocal coaching with faculty; work with trained collaborative pianists; present recitals; and participate in opera workshops, productions, and master classes with distinguished visitors like Shirlee Emmons, Thomas Hampson, Martin Isepp, Martin Katz, Elizabeth Mansfield, Leona Mitchell, and Frederica von Stade. In addition to receiving lessons with applied faculty, voice students can take part in music theater classes featuring dance, acting, makeup, and set design, as well as production and industry internships, college-wide music competitions, and performance opportunities in operatic roles and choruses. Students are frequently contracted to perform with local professional music organizations—including Opera Colorado chorus and outreach programs, the Central City Opera, and the Colorado Symphony—and there are many oratorio solo and chorus opportunities on campus and through local churches and civic groups. Opera CU Opera is one of the country’s most exciting university programs, featuring outstanding student vocalists in three fully staged and costumed productions each academic year. In 2007, CU Opera presented the academic premier of Jake Heggie’s opera, Dead Man Walking. In one of many positive reviews, the Daily Camera newspaper wrote, “The best opera company in Colorado?... At the moment the frontrunner is CU Opera…” CU Opera was the winner of the 2009 & 2010 National Opera Association’s Scenes Competition, and received third place for their 2010 Colorado premier production of Ned Rorem’s Our Town. Recent productions have included La Bohème, Cosí fan tutte, Semele, Don Giovanni, The Cunning Little Vixen, Die Fledermaus, La Traviata, Candide, West Side Story, and Albert Herring. In the summer, the CU New Opera Workshop (CU NOW) puts the College of Music at the beginning of the pipeline of American operatic creation. The workshop features a composer working on a new American opera, culminating with public student performances of these creative works in progress. Pedagogy The members of the voice faculty are dedicated, experienced teachers and active performers and researchers in the fields of vocal literature and vocal pedagogy. The art of teaching voice is a nationally respected aspect of our voice curriculum, with courses offered covering the science of the voice (both anatomy and acoustics), as well as the practical aspects of solving vocal production problems through supervised teaching and the study of the particular problems of young voices.

Degrees Bachelor of Music - Voice Performance - Voice Performance with elective studies in Music Theater Bachelor of Music Education Bachelor of Arts Master of Music - Voice Performance - Voice Performance & Pedagogy Doctor of Musical Arts - Voice Performance & Pedagogy

Faculty Patti Peterson, soprano, chair Jennifer Bird, soprano Julie Simson, mezzo-soprano Joel Burcham, tenor Patrick Mason, baritone Leigh Holman, CU Opera Director Nicholas Carthy, CU Opera Conductor Mutsumi Moteki, vocal coach Christopher Zemliauskas, vocal coach

Professional Certificate in Opera & Solo Vocal Performance


WOODWINDS The woodwind program offers a wide array of learning experiences designed to meet the needs of students enrolled in all levels of our music degree programs. Students receive individual lessons and participate in a weekly studio class where they are coached in solo, chamber, and orchestral repertoire. Students perform in numerous ensembles, including the University Symphony Orchestra, Wind Symphony, Concert Band, Chamber Orchestra, chamber groups, jazz ensembles, and CU Opera productions. Distinguished guest artists and teachers regularly present master classes, workshops, and recitals. The woodwind area maintains an awardwinning graduate quintet, which has won national competitions—including first prize at the Coleman Chamber Music Competition and a Silver Medal at Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. Advanced students are contracted frequently to perform with local professional and community organizations like the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Ballet, Boulder Philharmonic, Colorado Springs Symphony, Greeley Philharmonic, and Longmont Symphony.


Degrees Bachelor of Music Bachelor of Music with Secondary Emphasis in Jazz Studies – Saxophone Bachelor of Music Education Bachelor of Arts Master of Music – Woodwind Performance – Woodwind Performance & Pedagogy Doctor of Musical Arts in Woodwind Performance & Pedagogy Professional Certificate in Woodwind Performance Faculty Committed to excellence in the teaching of musical arts, the faculty of the Woodwind Program is recognized nationally and internationally as leaders in their fields. Daniel Silver, clarinet, chair James Brody, oboe Peter Cooper, oboe Christina Jennings, flute Tom Myer, saxophone Yoshiyuki Ishikawa, bassoon

College of Music students participate in numerous outstanding ensembles and chamber groups. All bands, orchestras, and choirs are open by audition to all students, regardless of program and major. Our world music ensembles include the African Highlife, Balinese Gamelan, Japanese Traditional Music, and Mexican Mariachi Ensembles. Bands – Wind Symphony – Symphonic Band – Concert Band – Campus Band – Jazz Band – Jazz Combo – “Golden Buffalo” Marching Band – Buff Basketball Band All CU bands maintain an active schedule and enjoy fine reputations as ensembles committed to the highest musical standards, serving as an integral part of University of Colorado tradition and spirit.

Orchestras – University Symphony Orchestra – Campus Orchestra

competitions. Our choral ensembles perform regularly throughout the city of Boulder and at the state capitol in Denver.

CU orchestras perform a diverse repertoire, including the symphonies and large-scale works of Beethoven, Brahms, Dvorák, Gershwin, Kodály, Mahler, Mozart, Prokofiev, Schoenberg, Shostakovich, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky, and Zwilich, among others. The symphony has performed in Boulder, Denver, and Aspen.

The Early Music Ensemble The Early Music Ensemble provides a forum for the study and performance of music primarily from the 16th and 18th centuries, with attention to period style, performance practices, and historical context. The ensemble is open to both instrumentalists and vocalists.

Choirs – University Singers – University Choir – Collegiate Chorale – University Women’s Choir – “Golden Buffalo” Men’s Chorus CU choirs continue a history of choral music performance at the University of Colorado that spans over 100 years. Choirs from CU have toured Europe and Asia and have participated in international choral festivals and

The Electronic Music Ensemble The Electronic Music Ensemble explores performance, composition, and history of electronic music in art music of the 20th century through contemporary popular culture. The ensemble performs original compositions, in addition to recreating important works by composers such as Varese, Stockhausen, and Cage. Performances are also featured on the Pendulum New Music Series.

APPLYING FOR ADMISSION Interested in applying for admission to the CU-Boulder College of Music? Here are a few basic steps in the application process.



If you have any questions please contact the Undergraduate Office at 303-735-2283 or

If you have any questions, please contact the Graduate Office at 303-492-2207 or

1. Review Admission Requirements and Academic Qualifications

1. Review descriptions of graduate degrees

Review the admission requirements at admissions-requirements for information about student profiles, and other requirements for degree programs. 2. Submit CU-Boulder Application All students must apply to CU-Boulder online at 3. Submit College of Music Application The College of Music Application Form may be downloaded from the College of Music Application Process Webpage (music.colorado. edu/apply/undergraduate/applicationprocess). College of Music applications may be mailed (University of Colorado Boulder, College of Music Undergraduate Office, 301 UCB, Boulder, CO 80309), emailed as an attachment (, or faxed (303-4924724). The deadline for prospective freshmen applications to the College of Music is January 15. Voice, jazz guitar, and non-Colorado resident flute applicants must submit a pre-screening recording by December 15. The recording, along with your music application, must be submitted online at 4. Provide One Letter of Reference Ask a music teacher or someone else who is familiar with your development as a musician to serve as a reference, and have that individual submit the undergraduate recommendation form ( application-process) directly to the College of Music Undergraduate Office (address and fax number listed on the form). 5. Schedule Audition Visit the audition information page (music. for information on audition requirements, dates, and the audition scheduling process.

Review descriptions of graduate degrees at www. music. Contact the faculty in your area of study to discuss specific programs you are interested in. 2. Complete your application All students must apply online at mycuboulder. 3. Submit supplemental admission materials Please visit graduate/application-process for requirements, deadlines, and more information. All prescreening and recorded auditions must be submitted online at 4. Take the GRE (for academic programs) Recent scores for the GRE General Test must be sent to the College of Music if applying for Theory or PhD programs. GRE scores are strongly recommended for Music Education applicants. 5. Schedule an interview/audition Scheduling of interviews/auditions is not automatic. Visit the audition information page ( for information on audition requirements, dates, and the audition scheduling process. 6. International Student Requirements International students must demonstrate English proficiency by submitting adequate TOEFL scores. TOEFL scores are due by December 1 and must be less than two years old. For additional details, visit apply/graduate/international-applicants.

yo ur lif e. In sp ire th e pe rfo rm an ce of lde r Col leg e of Mu sic , At the Uni ver sity of Col ora do Bou sic and cul tur e we are cre a tin g fut ure s in mu cat ion in mu sic , wit h top -tie r, com pre hen siv e edu ndi ng per for ma nce tre nds ett ing init iati ves , out sta a wo rld -cl ass uni ver sity . opp ort uni ties , and acc ess to 301 UCB, Boulder, CO 80309 • 303-492-6352 The University of Colorado Boulder is an equal opportunity/nondiscrimination institution. The University of Colorado Boulder is a fully accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music.

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