Welcome! At the University of Nevada, Reno, Department of Music you can count on a culture of innovative music creation, engaging performances and high standards. Located within a thriving community with a rich cultural musical life, our students are guided by world-renowned faculty members recognized internationally for their performing, scholarship and teaching.
Our breadth of programs includes a full complement of bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs in performance, music education, composition, musicology, orchestral studies and music industry. We offer nationally competitive undergraduate talent scholarships and graduate assistantships which can be combined with additional awards such as the University’s prestigious Millennium Scholarship or the Dean’s Fellowship.
As a U.S. News Tier 1/Carnegie Research University we are widely regarded as a leader in undergraduate music education for the western United States, boasting a 100% placement rate. In addition to leading in K-12 placements, our graduates can be found among the ranks of professional orchestras, service bands, prestigious graduate programs and instructing at universities across the country.
Our beautiful new University Arts Building presents one of the finest acoustic environments for practice, rehearsal and performance in the United States. The building features acoustically tuned practice rooms, large ensemble rehearsal spaces, state-of-the-art recording and electroacoustic compositions labs and the magnificent 280-seat Harlan O. & Barbara R. Hall Recital Hall. Along with the venerable Nightingale Concert Hall and additional teaching spaces in the Church Fine Arts Building, Nevada provides the perfect place to learn, grow and perform.
Affectionately nicknamed “The Biggest Little City in the World,” our city supports two professional symphony orchestras, a professional jazz orchestra, theater and ballet companies and a multitude of festivals and cultural events. Our campus is connected internationally by the Reno-Tahoe International Airport and is within driving distance of Lake Tahoe, the majestic Sierra Nevada mountain range and the San Francisco Bay area.
See first-hand what the University of Nevada, Reno has to offer. We invite you to explore our site, engage in conversation with our open and welcoming faculty, fill out our online music inquiry form and visit us.