department of music
The University of New Mexico Department of Music aims to provide the highest quality musical education, in order to make a substantial contribution to the cultural life of its region and the world by reinforcing the integral value of music in society.
We strive to give each student a first-rate musical education under the guidance of our dynamic artist faculty, and a well-balanced program among the disciplines of performance, music education, theory and composition, jazz studies, string pedagogy, conducting and musicology.
Watch: All about our program
Auditions & Scholarships
The University of New Mexico Department of Music has many generous scholarship and assistantship opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students interested in a music education at UNM.
Performances & Events
Our students and faculty regularly perform music in the Center for the Arts’ Keller Hall
*Due to the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 there are no scheduled events at this time
Composer and pianist José Luis Hurtado, an associate professor in The University of New Mexico’s Department of Music in the College of Fine Arts, is one of the 2020 winners of the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship.
This lecture/performance explores how black women have used music as a method of shaping the public rhetoric and sentiment surrounding the black civil rights struggle in America. Through a historical framework that moves through the height of the abolitionist movement, the Popular front during the 1930s and 1940s, the frontlines of the direct action campaigns of the 1960s, and the proliferation of the Black Power movement in the 1970s.
This talk will consider performances and recordings by singer Linda Ronstadt to propose what I refer to as her Americanish musical songbook. The suffix “ish” here intends to accentuate the “somewhat” or “to some extent” of “American” that Ronstadt—Tucson born and raised—lived and sonically imagined through her extraordinary musical career.
“UNM prepared me with the foundation of knowledge and skills I needed to advance as a musician while deepening my appreciation for the wonderful music being made in my home state.”
Dr. Sharon O’Connell Campbell
Associate Professor of Voice, University of Nebraska Kearney
“The Department of Music at UNM has been invaluable in preparing me for a career in the arts. My musical and academic experiences were second to none, and I found myself more than prepared amongst my peers at the doctoral level. I strongly believe that the opportunities granted to me, and the amazing encouragement and support I received at UNM, are integral parts of who and where I am today.”
Dr. Malena McLaren
Chair, Department of Music/Associate Professor of Clarinet, Northwestern State University of Louisiana
“I have been fortunate to build and sustain a national and international reputation in the clarinet performance field over the past 15 years. My success would never have been possible without the significant, meaningful, and solid foundation UNM and the faculty in the Department of Music supplied to me in my undergraduate years.”
Dr. John Masserini
Associate Dean/Associate Professor of Clarinet, Northern Arizona University
“The UNM music program was the perfect balance of research and practice. I had the flexibility to conduct ensembles, play in the Wind Symphony, assist the Spirit Marching Band, and design and conduct research, all while teaching part-time in the Albuquerque Public Schools. I am proud to be a Lobo and am exceedingly grateful for the mentorship and encouragement I received at UNM. ”
Nathan B. Kruse
Associate Professor of Music Education Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, OH
Department of Music
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001