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.
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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
Guests to UNM are required to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours.
Masks are to be worn at all times by everyone regardless of vaccination status.
The American Prize National Nonprofit Competitions in the Performing Arts, David (Volosin) Katz, founder and chief judge, is honored to announce the winners, runners-up, and honorable mentions of The American Prize in Vocal Performance—women in art song and oratorio,...
Friday, May 5 at 7:30 pmPopejoy HallUNM Symphony Orchestra directed by Dr. Matthew Forte.UNM Choirs directed by Dr. David Edmonds The UNM Choirs and Symphony Orchestra present a concert that speaks directly to the challenges faced by musicians during the COVID-19...
We’re proud to announce the 2022 Distinguished Music Alumni Award recipient. The UNM Department of Music is awarding the first Distinguished Alumni Award to Colonel Jim R. Keene in recognition of his outstanding accomplishments in the field of music. Col. Keene...
Meet our Music Alumni
Wenci Fan, Piano and Choral Conducting
Assistant Professor of Piano and Collaborative Piano, Shandong University, Weihai, China
Erin Rolan, Viola
Member, Santa Fe Pro Musica and Opera Southwest; Music Educator, Albuquerque Public Schools and private teaching
Sabine Avilés, Piano and Music Theory
Sabine lives in Düren, Germany. A former associate lecturer at the Robert-Schumann-Hochschule, Germany and the founder, pianist and piano pedagogue at “Musikstudio Avilés”, Germany.
Klarissa Petti, cello
University of New Mexico, Department of Music, Part-time faculty, Luthier
Luis Mascaro, Violin
Jazz and Pop Recording Artist, Netherlands
Juliana Jorge, Pianist
Alberta Ballet and Youth Singers of Calgary Staff Pianist
“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
From the Interim Chair
“Welcome to the Department of Music at UNM! The Department of Music combines a comprehensive faculty of highly regarded performers, scholars, and educators with a talented and energetic student body to create an environment of artistic discovery and expression. Our wide range of concentrations and course offerings provides students with a dynamic educational environment and many opportunities to explore and expand their artistic horizons.
Whether your career goals are to compose, teach, study, or perform music professionally, or if you want to keep music as an integral part of your life as you pursue your other studies, there is a place for you in the University of New Mexico Department of Music.”
—Michael Hix, Interim Chairperson, Department of Music
Department of Music
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001