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Embracing DEI: Keystone of the universal musician

March 21, 2024

In this edition of the Dean’s Downbeat, Dean John Davis doubles down on the College of Music’s commitment to championing diversity, equity and inclusion. “I’m convinced that by embracing DEI as integral to our universal musician mission, we not only achieve flexible, interdisciplinary career options for our graduates, but also expand the artistic landscape and cultivate a community of curious, continuous learners who challenge biases, question assumptions and engage with diverse perspectives—and who navigate nuance and complexity with openness, understanding and empathy.”

Dean John Davis

College of Music announces new bachelor’s degree emphasis

Dec. 14, 2023

As 2023 draws to a close, Dean John Davis reflects on our shared journey at the College of Music and announces a new mission-driven Bachelor of Arts in Music emphasis. Our Bachelor of Arts in Music: Music Production degree will be offered beginning fall 2025!

 Isabel Goodwin

Celebrating winter graduates: Isabel Goodwin

Dec. 13, 2023

Isabel Goodwin graduates this month with dual Bachelor of Music degrees—one in composition and one in bassoon performance. During their four years at our College of Music, the instrument has served as a gateway to their creative growth, personal connections and artistic expression.

Ashley Civelli

Celebrating winter graduates: Ashley Civelli

Dec. 13, 2023

Clarinetist Ashley Civelli doesn’t operate in a musical vacuum. Her College of Music education has deepened her firsthand experience as both a musician and an educator, roles that are equally important as she looks beyond graduation.

Colleen White (DMA ’17), Paul Zaborac (DMA ’17) and Cecilia Lo-Chien Kao (DMA ’19)

Alumni spotlight: Scheherazade Music Festival

Dec. 7, 2023

Three College of Music alumni recently launched the Scheherazade Music Festival—an incubator for innovation and connection through chamber music, pushing the art form forward and bringing performers, composers and audiences together.

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.”

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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.

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.

 Izzy Fincher

Meet Izzy Fincher: Spring 2023 Outstanding Graduating Senior

April 20, 2023

Congratulations to Izzy Fincher—the College of Music’s Outstanding Graduating Senior this spring—who will graduate with a BM in classical guitar performance, a BA in journalism, a business minor with a Music Entrepreneurship Certificate and a Music Theory Certificate, exemplifying the College of Music’s universal musician mission.

Erika Gossett

Student spotlight: Erika Gossett

April 10, 2023

Erika Gossett will graduate next month with a BM in flute performance, as well as a BA in media studies, a minor in business and a Music Entrepreneurship Certificate, exemplifying the College of Music’s universal musician vision. Additionally, her climate change-focused venture, Piña Designs, is a finalist in the New Venture Challenge. Finals are April 12: Join us!