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Submitted by darmstro on Thu, 12/07/2017 - 3:24pm

Why study Music?

Music is an essential human experience. Unleash your creativity and explore how ideas and emotions are communicated through sound. Experience focus, discipline, collaboration and independence. Nurture your passion and share your love of music with others.

A unique place to study

Learn about music through performance, research and creative activity. The world-class acoustics of the Eckhardt-Gramatté Recital Hall and a focus on the growing realm of digital media offer you exciting opportunities to hear, create and perform music.

Our faculty and staff are dedicated and deeply committed to your success and growth as a musician – we strive for excellence in all of our activities. Translate academic preparation into performances, publications and compositions that engage both tradition and innovation, and create a vibrant musical world within our classrooms, halls and city.

Enhance your degree

Submitted by darmstro on Tue, 01/16/2018 - 10:57am

As a music student, you will encounter guest musicians of the highest caliber, and explore diverse ideas and perspectives through our concert series, masterclasses and workshops.

Through our community partnerships, you will receive many opportunities to learn from the best.

Alberta International Band Festival

Held in February each, the Alberta International Band Festival brings hundreds of young Albertans to campus to perform and learn from world-class adjudicators in the beauty of the Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall.

Banff Centre

The Banff Centre’s mission is to inspire creativity and to that end provides the opportunity for artists and musicians to escape to the mountains and focus on their art. In addition to access to many concerts and guest artists, short-term residencies for our students are also possible.

Calgary Board of Education / Calgary Catholic School District

Many of our graduates are employed as music teachers by Calgary’s two school boards, CBE and CCSD. They often return to campus each year for our annual Teachers' Conference. This day of professional development focused on the arts, brings teachers and workshop leaders together to share and learn from one another.

Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra

Many of our private instructors are members of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition, each year our students receive a chance to perform as soloists with the orchestra as part of the Concerto Competition.

Calgary Pro Musica

Our partnership with the Calgary Pro Musica allows our students to interact with professional musicians in workshops, masterclasses and private lessons. In addition, Calgary Pro Musica supports our BMus students through scholarships.

Canadian Music Centre

The Prairie Region of the Canadian Music Centre is housed on the University of Calgary campus. This facility gives our students access to the Violet Archer Library, which contains over 20,000 scores by Canadian composers available for free circulation.

Early Music Voices

Early Music Voices presents local and touring artists performing music from the medieval, renaissance and baroque periods. Many of these artists have presented masterclasses, lectures and workshops for our students. In addition, the annual Sing Along Messiah concert often features UCalgary students as soloists.

E-Gré National Music Competition

The E-Gré National Music Competition is an annual event focusing on the performance of contemporary music by Canada’s top emerging artists. Our partnership with this organization brings the winner to Calgary for a recital at the Rozsa Centre each year.


More than simply a world-class piano competition, Honens also brings some of the world’s best pianists to our halls for concerts.

Kensington Sinfonia

The Kensington Sinfonia performs a wide range of chamber music and string orchestra repertoire. Since its inception in 1988, the Sinfonia has commissioned works by Calgary composers and featured our faculty members as soloists.

Land’s End Ensemble

Dedicated to introducing audiences to new music by Canadian and international composers, the award-winning Land’s End Ensemble frequently commissions works by our faculty members and students. The annual Land’s End Composers Competition is a joint project between the School of Creative and Performing Arts and Land’s End and brings young composers from across the country to Calgary to workshop, perform and record their piece.

Mount Royal University Conservatory

Through our partnership with the Mount Royal University Conservatory, qualified students in the MRU Advanced Performance Program can also work towards a BMus at the University of Calgary. The Calgary Youth Orchestra, conducted by Music faculty Edmond Agopian, often includes many of our BMus students and performs occasionally in our concert series.

Mountain View International Festival of Song and Chamber Music

In addition to a concert series, Mountain View hosts a summer festival for singers and chamber musicians. Each summer, musicians from across the world converge in Calgary and on campus for master classes, coaching, concerts and other events.

New Works Calgary

New Works Calgary is dedicated to supporting the creation and performance of contemporary concert music, with an emphasis on Calgary and Southern Alberta composers and performers. Many works by our faculty composers and students have been premiered at their concert series.

Degrees offered


  • BA in Music
  • BA Honours in Music
  • BMus in Composition
  • BMus in Integrated Studies
  • BMus in Performance
  • Concurrent BMus/BEd
  • Minor in Music
  • Minor in Sonic Arts
  • Concentration in Sonic Arts


  • MA in Musicology
  • MMus in Composition
  • MMus in Conducting (Choral or band)
  • MMus in Music Education
  • MMus in Performance
  • MMus in Sonic Arts
  • PhD in Composition
  • PhD in Music Education
  • PhD in Musicology
  • PhD in Sonic Arts

Career opportunities in Music

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