University of Vermont

College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Music and Dance

What Makes UVM Music Unique?

Our faculty

First and foremost, it's our faculty that makes the department of music great:

  • Study with a Fulbright scholar.
  • Learn from faculty members who have won UVM's top prize for teaching (Kroepsch/Maurice award).
  • Work with a composer who has won a silver medal from London's Royal Academy of Arts.
  • Play in an ensemble with a Grammy winner.
  • Study with someone who has recorded with Trey Anastasio.
Xiudan Lin in concert

Xiudan Lin

Music student Xiudan Lin has mastered the masters on her piano: Beethoven, Ginastera, Ravel, and others. Hear Xiudan play.

Our students

What are music students like? Our students display a level of involvement that continually impresses faculty and staff. Whether playing in departmental ensembles, taking lessons on multiple instruments, writing original compositions in our state-of-the-art music technology lab, preparing lesson plans for a music education class, or performing on- or off-campus with their own groups, UVM music students are involved in their musical education.

What if music will not be your career? For many students, music will not be their career, but continues to be their passion. These people make up our strong contingent of music minors who continue to play and study their instrument or voice while pursuing a major in the College of Arts and Sciences or as a cross-college minor in one of the other colleges.

Major, minor or just take a class: We welcome students from all majors within the College of Arts and Sciences, as well as all colleges within the university. These students play in ensembles, study privately, and take courses in music theory or history.

Our location

Burlington's thriving music scene offers an exciting environment for making music. You can attend concerts at venues like Juniper, Radio Bean, Higher Ground, and the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts; or attend music festivals like the Discover Jazz Festival in June or Grand Point North in September.

Read why world-famous jazz artist Ray Vega chose to bring his talent to Vermont.

Be in touch

If exploring our website does not answer all of your questions, please contact me directly. I'll answer your question or put you in touch with someone who can.

— D. Thomas Toner, Professor and Department Chair, e-mail:

Affiliate artists

Outstanding affiliate artist faculty teach private lessons. A sampling of our affiliate artists:

  • Grammy award nominee
  • members of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra
  • founder of the Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble
  • performer in the new music ensemble Clogs
  • teacher and performer of the National Orchestra of Panama
  • featured soloist with the Vermont Mozart Festival
  • jazz artists who have played with the likes of Bo Diddley, the Mike Gordon Ban, Joe Lovano and Arturo Sandoval
Our sound

Listen to our students play! Go to our Calendar of Events to attend an upcoming show, most of which are free and open to the public. Or check out these performance videos online:

How do I join the Music Department?

Visit this page to learn more about the audition required to become a music major.

Last modified September 24 2015 02:08 PM

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