School of Music
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, NE 68588-0100
The School of Music in the Hixson-Lied College of Fine & Performing Arts of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is a professional, comprehensive arts institution devoted to the advancement of music arts and scholarship, the preparation of the next generation of music professionals, and service to the music professions/institutions in the region, state, nation, and world. The Music Faculty consists of an outstanding array of internationally acclaimed artists and scholars who care deeply about their students (more than 350 students are enrolled here currently) and who work in close collaboration to serve the mission of the School of Music. Students in the UNL School of Music may pursue a broad range of undergraduate and graduate degree options, including the Bachelor of Music degree (professional music focus), the Bachelor of Music Education degree (teacher preparation focus), the Bachelor of Arts degree (liberal arts focus), the Master of Music degree (professional music - advanced studies), the Doctor of Musical Arts (the terminal degree in professional music), and the Doctor of Philosophy (the terminal degree in music research).
All music degrees in the UNL School of Music are accredited fully by the National Association of Schools of Music. In addition to this full range of music-major options, the UNL School of Music provides outstanding opportunities for the general university student to pursue their love of music. These opportunities include academic courses in the study of popular, jazz and rock musics, participation in any of our ensembles (by audition), and participation in the world-famous Cornhusker Marching Band. Graduates of the UNL School of Music find success across the full range of professional and graduate-study opportunities nationally and internationally.
The facilities of the UNL School of Music include the Westbrook Music Building, the Kimball Recital Hall, and the Mabel Lee Hall. The Westbrook Music Building is home to the School of Music administrative offices, classrooms, large rehearsal halls, Music Library, faculty offices/studios, a 300-seat recital hall, music technology facilities, and practice rooms. The Kimball Recital Hall is an acoustically exquisite, 850-seat concert facility which provides balcony seating, a fly space for opera productions, and a Reuter pipe organ. The Mabel Lee Hall houses the School of Music Dance Program, including rehearsal halls, faculty offices, staff offices, and resource facilities.
Founded in 1993, the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln includes programs in art, art history, theatre, dance, music and music education. The College is dedicated to helping students achieve their full potential in the arts and offer a supportive learning environment with the highest professional standards, small classes and hands-on practical experience. The college, proud of its distinguished faculty of artists, performers and educators, provides educational programs of study at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The mission of the College includes fostering creative activity and scholarly research in the arts and educating our students to a high level of accomplishment as artists, scholars and teachers.
Miss Christina Hixson, the sole trustee of the Lied Foundation Trust, announced a gift of $18 million to the University of Nebraska Foundation to support UNL’s College of Fine and Performing Arts in January 2000. In appreciation for this and many past gifts, the University of Nebraska Board of Regents voted to name the College the Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts, the first named college at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. The endowment, named the Christina M. Hixson-Lied Foundation Trust Endowment for the College of Fine and Performing Arts, benefits all areas of the college. Half of the fund’s income provides support for programs in the college and the college’s affiliated organizations, including the Lied Center for Performing Arts, Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, Mary Riepma Ross Film Theater, Lentz Center for Asian Culture and the Nebraska Repertory Theatre. The remaining funds are divided equally to support faculty and students. The fund is administered by the Hixson-Lied Advisory Board.
The Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts currently has more than 700 undergraduate majors.
The University of Nebraska–Lincoln, chartered by the Legislature in 1869, is that part of the University of Nebraska system which serves as both the land-grant and the comprehensive public University for the State of Nebraska. Through its three primary missions of teaching, research and service, UNL is the state’s primary intellectual center providing leadership throughout the state through quality education and the generation of new knowledge. UNL’s graduates and its faculty and staff are major contributors to the economic and cultural development of the state. UNL attracts a high percentage of the most academically talented Nebraskans, and the graduates of the University form a significant portion of the business, cultural and professional resources of the State. The quality of primary, secondary and other post-secondary educational programs in the state depends in part on the resources of UNL for curricular development, teacher training, professional advancement and enrichment activities involving the University’s faculty, museums, galleries, libraries and other facilities. UNL provides for the people of the state unique opportunities to fulfill their highest ambitions and aspirations, thereby helping the state retain its most talented youth, attract talented young people from elsewhere and address the educational needs of the non-traditional learner.
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has been recognized by the Legislature as the primary research and doctoral degree granting institution in the state for fields outside the health professions. UNL is one of a select group of research universities that hold membership in the American Association of Universities (AAU). Through its service and outreach efforts, the University extends its educational responsibilities directly to the people of Nebraska on a statewide basis. Many of UNL’s teaching, research and service activities have an international dimension in order to provide its students and the state a significant global perspective.
UNL enrolls approximately 25,000 (FTE) students, consisting of nearly 20,000 undergraduates and more than 5,000 graduate and professional students.