Department of Music
How to Reach the Department of Music
The main office is currently working remotely. We are ready to support you via email, phone, or video conferencing. If you need assistance, please email music@msudenver or call us at 303-615-1010; the office phones are being forwarded. If you reach voicemail, please leave a message.
Contact information for office staff and the Music Department faculty is available in the Faculty & Staff Directory.
The music practice rooms, technology lab, percussion studio, drumset studio, and music library are closed until further notice.
A World of Music in the Heart of the City
From state-of-the-art performance venues to internationally-recognized professors who are innovative musicians, scholars, and composers, the Department of Music at MSU Denver will elevate your musicianship so you can turn your passion into a successful career. Whether you choose to pursue performance, composition, or music education, our diverse curriculum flows through classical, jazz, commercial, and world music to help you navigate the broad range of opportunities that exist for the 21st-century musician. You’ll enjoy extensive performance opportunities with over 20 different ensembles ranging from choir and orchestra, to big band and mariachi. Our 200+ concerts per year, including our Visiting Artist Series, will inspire and enrich your musical experience. Music varies from place to place and culture to culture, but we see it as a universal language. We invite you to learn that language, and learn how to share that language, at the most accessible, affordable, and diverse university in Colorado.
"The Storm is Passing Over" by Charles A. Tindley, arranged by Barbara W. Baker
Performed by the MSU Denver Chorale
For the 40th Annual Rachel B. Noel Distinguished Visiting Professorship honoring Phoebe A. Haddon
The Rachel B. Noel Distinguished Visiting Professorship was initiated in 1981 to foster multiculturalism, diversity and academic excellence at Metropolitan State University of Denver. The MSU Denver Chorale is proud to participate in the 40th annual event honoring Mrs. Noel and welcoming Visiting Professor Phoebe A. Haddon. "The Storm is Passing Over" by Charles A. Tindley, arranged by Barbara W. Baker, gives voice to the hope we all feel for lives emerging from the pandemic as well as from the shadows of inequity.
The Department of Music at Metropolitan State University of Denver recognizes that Black Lives Matter. We mourn the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and countless others because of the color of their skin and we acknowledge the trauma that systemic and institutional racism can cause.
We recognize music as an essential part of a multicultural, global, and technological society, where music and art are often at the core of activism. Our mission states that we believe that students of all backgrounds, interests, and disciplines should have access to a diverse, affordable, and substantive musical education. Our students learn in an environment inclusive of all identities and cultural backgrounds. We embrace the diversity of our community in performance, analysis, creation, and collaboration through meaningful study of varied musical traditions. We also acknowledge that most performances and music-making in our department are rooted in a Eurocentric history. There is a need to decenter the European Classical tradition in our performances, our pedagogy, and our curriculum, and to make meaningful changes that not only represent the contributions of marginalized groups, but to embrace their perspectives, pedagogies, and contributions as equally valid for academic study. Traditional academic music programs have long participated in systemic prioritization of Eurocentric viewpoints, including expectations of prior musical training in a specific musical system, familiarity with Eurocentric traditions, and privileged access to Eurocentric musical materials, which consequently makes collegiate study of music either undesirable or unattainable to many marginalized populations.
We realize that representation matters. Moving forward, the Music Department will actively choose to make space for Black music, Black composers, and Black musicians in teaching, learning, and performance in order to honor their voices and experiences. We are committed to supporting our students, staff, and faculty, and to ensuring representation for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. We must, as a department, commit to lowering the barriers to students of color, to diversifying our curriculum, and to supporting each other.