First Year Students
Welcome to the Department of Music!
These pages have been created to offer some tips and tricks on how to integrate yourself into campus life, particularly as a musician among musicians. Welcome!
First Year (Freshman) Requirements
Important: All new incoming students must be advised before registering for classes in both the fall and spring semesters. Your advisory schedule is as follows:
- Fall Semester - You have a pre-assigned fall semester general music adviser. Contact the Department of Music Office for specific information.
- Spring Semester - Spring semester advising can be completed and approved by your area advisor, listed below. If your area of interest is not specifically listed, ask your general music adviser for help.
|Continuing Student Advising|
|Area of Interest||Area Advisor||Phone|
|Clarinet||David Ehrke, D.M.A.||(775) 682-9029|
|Composition||James Winn, D.M.A.||(775) 784-4051|
|Jazz & Improvisational Music||Peter Epstein, M.M.||(775) 784-1501|
|Music Education||Kate Pollard, M.M.||(775) 682-9010|
|Musicology||Louis Niebur, Ph.D.||(775) 784-4061|
|Percussion||Andrew Heglund, D.A.||(775) 682-9025|
|Piano, Classical||James Winn, D.M.A.||(775) 784-4051|
|Saxophone||David Ehrke, D.M.A.||(775) 682-9029|
|Strings||Stephanie Sant’Ambrogio, M.M.||(775) 682-9024|
|Trumpet||Larry Engstrom, D.M.A.,||(775) 682-9039|
|Voice||Paul Torkelson, D.M.A.||(775) 682-9023|
If you are experiencing problems with classes, or encountering any other type of academic dilemma, it's very important that you consult with your advisor. Faculty advisors are here to help. They are academic mentors with experience and expertise that you can use to make informed decisions. Remember, too, that problems don't have to be enormous before you seek advice.
IMPORTANT: Plan ahead! It is ultimately the responsibility of the student to fulfill all the degree requirements and to complete the application for graduation prior to its announced deadline.
Practice rooms are strictly available to music majors or students enrolled in music classes on a priority-need basis. Visit the Department Office for your access code. The Department Office phone is (775) 784-6145. Practice room scheduling occurs at the beginning of each semester. Eating, drinking, and smoking are strictly prohibited in the practice rooms. The Department reserves the right to rescind practice room privileges from any individual.
Official Departmental Forms & Fees
There are departmental forms that need to be submitted, including the Practice Room Key Form, the Student Recital Scheduling Form, the Undergraduate Scholarship Application Form, Nightingale Concert Hall Reservation Forms, Non-Required Recital Scheduling Forms, and others. Fees are associated with some of these forms.
Ensemble participation is an essential component of every study plan and is a requirement for music majors. The requirements differ depending upon the type of program pursued.
A detailed map of the Church Fine Arts Music Wing listing all studios, practice rooms, classrooms, and offices is available in the hallway outside the department office (VSG 100).
The Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center
The Church Fine Arts Building is conveniently located near the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center. You can also easily search the Music Library online.
Music Clubs & Organizations
There are several ways to connect with fellow melomaniacs at UNR. There are local student chapters of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, the national music fraternity for men, Sigma Alpha Iota, the national music fraternity for women, the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), the national professional organization which focuses especially on the choral arts, and the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), with its focus on Music Education. Find out more information with the link below:
Important Department Links
- Forms & Applications
- Faculty & Staff Directory
- Financial Aid & Scholarships
- Yet Another Important Department Link
Music Performances at UNR
Faculty and student ensemble performances occur frequently througout each semester. Check the Department of Music Events Calendar for upcoming recitals and concerts.