F I N E A R T S . U K Y. E D U / M U S I C
COLLEGE OF FINE ARTS
SCHOOL OF MUSIC
WHO WE ARE The UK School of Music provides students with world-class experiences through work with internationally recognized performers, teachers, researchers and guests. A large and comprehensive school, we offer 11 different major degree programs, as well as minors and certificates, across a wide range of specialties and areas of study. For over 100 years, we have prepared students for careers both in and outside the field of music.
Come join our vibrant community of artists and scholars from around the world.
The School of Music is an integral part of the College of Fine Arts. The College declares that the arts are essential to the life of the individual and the community. It offers Kentucky’s most comprehensive collection of educational programs devoted to the visual and performing arts.
All University of Kentucky students are invited to participate in the School of Music, regardless of major or minor.
3 UNDERGRADUATE 8 GRADUATE
MINOR 2 TRACKS
available to non-music majors
PERFORMANCE, MUSIC THEORY & HISTORY
FACILITIES FINE ARTS BUILDING
FINE ARTS LIBRARY
SCHMIDT VOCAL ARTS BUILDING
PROGRAMS MUSIC EDUCATION (BMME, MM, PHD) Training in music education at the UK School of Music is practical and experiential. The undergraduate curriculum integrates the real experiences of the music teacher in the elementary or secondary schools with the development of skills for becoming an outstanding teacher. Students are trained to conduct and lead rehearsals and to develop a personal philosophy of teaching. Music education majors use our elementary music education laboratory, complete with instruments, method materials, and technological equipment. Students benefit from proximity to many outstanding school music programs in Lexington, where they complete observations and their student teaching experience.
MUSIC PERFORMANCE (BM, MM, DMA) Students who choose to pursue a performance degree complete additional credits in private lessons, ensembles, and required recitals. Music Performance students are trained as professional musicians with a strong foundation in music theory and history. By graduation, they are well prepared to take auditions for professional ensembles or entrance to graduate school.
MUSIC THERAPY (MM) The UK School of Music houses Kentucky’s only graduate program in music therapy. Students with an undergraduate degree in music therapy may pursue the 30-credit hour Master of Music in Music Therapy degree. A combined equivalency/master’s degree program is available for those without an undergraduate degree in music therapy. Advanced clinical training is available at UK HealthCare and in the Lexington community.
“The music therapy program at UK is growing quickly in distinction among our field. As someone who is entering academia, I am proud to say that I trained at such an institution and the skills I learned by ‘doing’ at UK have led me to feel confident and capable in the field.”
ADRIENNE STEINER Graduate Student recent Alum / 2014, Music Therapy
MUSIC THEORY (BA CONCENTRATION, MA, PHD) & COMPOSITION (BA CONCENTRATION, MM, DMA) The School of Music offers a concentration in theory or composition within the BA degree, as well as the MA and PhD degrees (music theory), and the MM and DMA degrees (composition). The division also offers training in theory pedagogy for DMA and other doctoral students. The six full-time theory and composition faculty members are engaged in creative and research activities. The program offers distinctive training in popular music studies, pedagogy, Schenkerian studies, 19th-century music, and electronic composition. Graduates find themselves well-prepared for their careers or further study. The School of Music has developed an electroacoustic music studio to provide students more training in computer-assisted composition and performance.
MUSICOLOGY & ETHNOMUSICOLOGY (MA, PHD) Graduate students can pursue an MA or combined MA/PhD degree in Musicology and Ethnomusicology. The division provides superior training with its dual emphasis on traditional research and creative explorations in the field, its focus on collaborations between scholarship and performance, and its access to the extensive collections housed in the Lucille Little Fine Arts Library and the John Jacob Niles Center for American Music. The eight full-time faculty and one part-time instructor—whose specialties range from the Medieval period to contemporary music, from chant and opera to fiddle tunes, folk music, and Korean drumming—employ a variety of methodological approaches. The faculty’s expertise reinforces the School of Music’s strengths in Opera/Vocal Music and American Music.
FACULTY The UK School of Music is committed to providing students with an exceptional musical education. Students enjoy outstanding private studio and ensemble experiences under the direction of world-renowned performer-teachers and conductors. In addition, they benefit from taking classes with scholars and practitioners recognized as leaders in their fields. The School and studios also host dozens of guest artists and lecturers each year, who bring additional perspectives and specialized expertise to enhance our community life.
BRAD KERNS DIRECTOR OF UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES
LANCE BRUNNER DIRECTOR OF GRADUATE STUDIES
MARTINA VASIL DIVISION COORDINATOR FOR MUSIC EDUCATION AND MUSIC THERAPY
CYNTHIA LAWRENCE COORDINATOR FOR VOICE
LORI HETZEL ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF THE SCHOOL OF MUSIC ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF CHOIRS
RECENT GUEST ARTIST AND SCHOLAR RESIDENCIES: • Composers Stacey Gibbs, Joan Szymko, Omar Thomas, and Andre Mehmari • Musicologist Mark Katz • Music Theorist Daniel Harrison • Percussionist Andy Harsberger • Cellist Colin Carr
• Folk singer Baby Gramps • Mark Campbell, librettist for the Pulitzer Prize-winning opera, Silent Night • Dr. Scott N. Edgar, Music Education clinician and adjudicator • Performance clinician Burton Kaplan • Television composer Jonathan Wolff
FACILITIES The UK School of Music occupies a number of facilities in close proximity on the north end of campus. Classrooms and practice rooms are located in the Fine Arts Building. Most large ensemble rehearsals and concerts are held in the Singletary Center for the Arts. Students enjoy easy access to the John Jacob Niles Gallery, where numerous student recitals and guest lectures occur, and the Lucille C. Little Fine Arts Library. The Schmidt Vocal Arts Center is the home of UK Opera Theatre.
RECENT ENHANCEMENTS TO THE SCHOOL OF MUSIC • Investing additional funds to enhance student and faculty development and general program support: • Timely refurbishment of older grand pianos • Purchase of a celesta for use by the bands and orchestras • New electroacoustic music studio • New equipment for audio engineering program • Launching new courses in music business, audio engineering, electroacoustic composition, musician health and wellness, and African-American music • Expanding community outreach activities
PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITIES The UK School of Music offers a wide range of performance opportunities for music majors, music minors, and non-music majors. All students enjoy hundreds of opportunities each year to perform in solo recitals, chamber groups, and the School’s more than 30 instrumental and vocal ensembles. Our students have performed with renowned artists, including Lang Lang, Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell, and Gil Shaham, and have toured in the United States and internationally.
ENSEMBLES VOCAL ENSEMBLES Men’s Chorus Women’s Choir Chorale
Choristers AcoUstiKats Blue Note
Paws and Listen UK Black Voices Gospel Choir
UK BANDS Wind Symphony Concert Band
Symphony Band Wildcat Marching Band
UK ORCHESTRAS UK Symphony Orchestra
Niles & Verdi String Quartets
Tuba & Euphonium Ensemble Saxophone Quartets Steel Band Korean Percussion Ensemble Hanulchida Mbirakats
Balinese Gamelan Anglkung Langen Kerti Old-Time Bluegrass and String RocKats
UK OPERA THEATRE INSTRUMENTAL ENSEMBLES Jazz Ensemble Lab Band MegaSax Guitar Ensemble Percussion Ensemble Trumpet Ensemble
WORLD-CLASS EXPERIENCES MUSIC STUDENTS FREQUENTLY HAVE THE CHANCE TO PERFORM BEYOND CAMPUS THROUGH NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL TOURS. • In May 2019, the UK Chorale toured in Paris, France, where they performed at the WreathLaying Ceremony at the American Cemetery in Normandy and the Saint Chappelle chapel. • The UK Wind Symphony and Symphony Orchestra celebrated 100 years of Music at the University of Kentucky in May 2019 by performing at Carnegie Hall in New York City. • The Wildcat Marching Band most recently performed at the 2020 Belk Bowl in Charlotte, the 2019 Citrus Bowl in Orlando, and the 2017 Music City Bowl in Nashville. • The UK Women’s Choir completed their 5th international tour in 2018, with stops in Budapest, Hungary, Vienna, Austria, and Prague, Czech Republic; they sang popular pieces and songs by composers from each location they visited. • Members of the tuba-euphonium studio attended the 2019 International Tuba-Euphonium Conference at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. The Conner Ensemble and University Tuba Quartet performed in showcase concerts that featured two world premieres.
“Traveling in itself is an enlightening experience, but having the opportunity to attach performances and music to these places makes travel even more exciting.”
AMY KATE SMITH 2021, BMME-Choral
Students can participate in a number of World Music Ensembles to experience music beyond their current horizons or participate in something familiar from home. Students can also take advantage of opportunities with the John Jacob Niles Center for American Music, a focal point for the research and performance of American music, from the early Colonial period through the present, with special emphasis on the indigenous culture of the southeastern United States.
CAREER DEVELOPMENT & COMMUNITY OUTREACH
The UK School of Music takes seriously the preparation of its students for career success, and the achievements of our students and alumni demonstrate the positive results of our efforts. Students can participate in the Student Innovators Competition, arts entrepreneurship breakfasts, UK String Project, and many other outreach and career development activities. Music Therapy students currently hold a 100% passing rate on their board certifications. Music Therapy students at UK have opportunities to conduct pre-internship and advanced clinical work in the Lexington community, including Global LEX, The Nest Center for Women and Children, Bridgepointe at Ashgrove Woods, UK Chandler Hospital, and local schools. Music Education alumni teach in 26 states, as well as at prestigious universities, such as UCLA, the University of Florida, Florida State University, the Eastman School of Music, Syracuse University, and the University of Colorado. â€œMy time as a teaching assistant at the University of Kentucky has been beneficial and rewarding. The knowledge I have gained as an instructor of record has given me great experience and insight for my future as a college professor.â€?
KATERI (KATE) MILLER PhD, Music Education Music Performance alumni perform across the United States and internationally with ensembles such as The Metropolitan Opera, the Cincinnati Opera, Chicago Civic Orchestra, Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, and The Lexington Philharmonic.
SCHOLARSHIPS The UK School of Music supports music students’ personal and professional development through a comprehensive and competitive financial aid program. Students can receive funding through merit- and need-based scholarships, stipends, teaching assistantships, and dedicated student worker positions. Incoming undergraduate music majors and minors are automatically considered for performance-based scholarships during their required entrance audition. Most scholarships for music majors are renewable annually for 4 years, pending satisfactory academic and musical progress. Scholarships for music minors are reassessed annually. Graduate music students are eligible for teaching assistantships, which include partial or full tuition grants plus a stipend, as well as other scholarships and dissertation fellowships. Graduate students may apply for additional professional development funds through the School of Music. All undergraduate and graduate music majors can apply for summer tuition scholarships and are eligible to be considered for mid-year need- and merit-based, nonrenewable supplemental grants from the School of Music.
2019-2020 SCHOLARSHIPS BY THE NUMBERS • Total scholarship support for undergraduates in 2019-2020: $1.9 million
• Total number of graduate assistantships (tuition & stipend): 56 • Total dollars given to students for summer study in 2020: $73,000 • Total number of students who received scholarship money in 2019-2020: 271 • Total number of students who received scholarship money in summer 2020: 48
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UPCOMING AUDITION DATES JANUARY 22–23, 2021 / FEBRUARY 12–13, 2021 / FEBRUARY 26–27, 2021 Submit an Audition Request: finearts.uky.edu/music/admission-audition
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UK UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSIONS
105 Fine Arts Building Lexington, KY 40506
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