Rinat Erlichman

2023-2024 Ekstrand Competition winners announced

Nov. 16, 2023

Congratulations to first-prize recipient and audience favorite Rinat Erlichman—and all winners and participants in the College of Music’s premier performance competition for outstanding graduate students!

Dairy Arts Center poster: Vanished World Series: The Man Without A World

A harmonious blend of music + film: November residency with Alicia Svigals, Donald Sosin

Nov. 2, 2023

In a campus and community collaboration, we’re looking forward to an exciting residency featuring two outstanding artists–renowned klezmer violinist Alicia Svigals and celebrated silent film pianist Donald Sosin.

Dean John Davis

On creating beauty + mission-critical innovations

Oct. 26, 2023

“If there’s a reason to have hope in a world of upheaval and unrest, it’s experiencing a young person openly and courageously sharing their musical gift, including their angst or protest against injustices of all kinds. Beauty lies in their inimitable expression of their truth through music in a range of settings not limited to the concert hall. Beauty underpins our universal musician mission, for music majors and non-majors alike.”

 Adriana Ripley headshot

Student spotlight: Adriana Ripley

Oct. 11, 2023

Adriana Ripley—a third-year undergraduate student pursuing a bachelor’s in musical theatre at the College of Music—shares her favorite aspects of the College of Music and reveals the ways in which her music education is preparing her for a promising career.

Nate Bonin and Danny Kaminski

2023 Sher Distinguished Musician Scholars announced

Sept. 20, 2023

Nate Bonin and Danny Kaminski are the 2023 Sher Distinguished Musician Scholars! Learn more about these students and their dreams for the future.

Pueblo, Colorado

American Music Research Center announces interim director, upcoming events

Sept. 13, 2023

The American Music Research Center’s interim director, Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology Austin Okigbo, shares the center’s fall semester highlights—including free performances of “Song of Pueblo” on campus and in Pueblo, Colorado.

Joan Braun

“A Boulder treasure”

Sept. 12, 2023

“A Boulder treasure”—We’re celebrating the inspiring, illustrious career of longtime CU Presents Executive Director Joan McLean Braun who will retire at the end of this academic year.

Cleveland Orchestra member working with College of Music student

The Cleveland Orchestra residency—“A great partnership” resumes

Sept. 8, 2023

The Cleveland Orchestra’s biennial residency at our College of Music returns for three days packed with sectionals, rehearsals, mock auditions, master classes, a Q&A and a Faculty Tuesdays concert.

CU Boulder Study Abroad students in Vienna

Discovering Vienna’s art history first-hand

July 14, 2023

Professor of Musicology Robert Shay and 10 of our students went beyond the traditional classroom this summer—to Vienna, Austria! Part of the CU Boulder Study Abroad program, this exciting, interdisciplinary two-week experience was one of several instructor-led Global Seminars.

John Davis

Key change

May 10, 2023

In this edition of the Dean’s Downbeat, Dean John Davis offers reflections and a vision for the future as he shares highlights from our newly revamped annual digital magazine—Colorado Music. “...our mission matters more than ever. Because what we do as musicians requires not only skill, but humanity—that is, the simultaneous conveyance of emotion, connection and understanding. Colorado Music takes stock of how far we’ve come.”