On behalf of the faculty, staff, students, and supporters of the University of Colorado Boulder College of Music, it is my pleasure to welcome you to our website. For nearly a century, our highly active faculty of professional performers, composers, and scholars has committed itself to helping students develop their talents, refine their passions, and ultimately succeed in their musical endeavors. The College is indeed a very special place, as I have been discovering since August 2014, when I moved to Boulder from Columbia, Missouri, to become the College’s Dean.

This website offers a look into the breadth and quality of our programs. With seven degrees in over 23 fields of study, we offer a full range of bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs. Students may study performance (brass, percussion, jazz, keyboard, strings, voice, and woodwinds), composition, music education, and musicology (music history) at the undergraduate level. All of these areas plus conducting, collaborative piano, and music theory are offered at the graduate level. An extensive array of classes and ensembles complements the highly individualized instruction offered throughout the college. Students can also take advantage of CU Presents to hear world-class performances, the Entrepreneurship Center for Music to develop the skills and tools necessary to create sustainable careers in the arts, the Howard B. Waltz Music Library that houses one of the largest music research collections in the country, the unique resources of the American Music Research Center, and the Musicians’ Wellness Program, designed to increase understanding of the physical aspects of performance and to prevent injuries. Of additional interest are the Eklund Opera Program that mounts several fully staged operas each year, our extensive community engagement opportunities, the Ritter Family Classical Guitar Program, the world-renowned Takács Quartet’s residency at the college, the award-winning Thompson Jazz Studies Program and the Roser Piano and Keyboard Program.

Also making studying music at the University of Colorado Boulder so special are the numerous opportunities students are afforded by attending the state’s flagship university and the only member of the prestigious Association of American Universities in Colorado. CU Boulder has a proud tradition of research and academic excellence underscored by five Nobel laureates. The city of Boulder also frequently acquires top rankings in the arts, education, health, well-being, and quality of life. Nearby is some of the world’s best hiking and skiing, unlimited mountain views, and the major urban area of Denver, just 25 miles away.

Choosing the right college can be a daunting task. Please keep in mind that the personal and professional relationships you develop with your teachers and peers can have a tremendous impact on your future successes. The faculty, staff, and I welcome your interest in the University of Colorado Boulder College of Music and will be happy to answer any questions you may have about our programs.

With best wishes,

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Robert Shay
Dean, College of Music
Professor of Musicology
musicdean@colorado.edu