The University of York is one of the liveliest centres of musical
education and research in Britain. During the academic year (October
- June) the Music Department is home to more than 200 music students and
a large staff of professional musicians and scholars, all engaged in the
study, creation and performance of music. The range of music supported
here can be seen in the pages of this website: all kinds and types of music
can be found in our courses and concert programmes.
There are certain areas of music for which York is particularly
well known internationally, such as: Composition, Early Music, Ensemble
Singing, Gamelan, Music Theatre, Music in the Community, Electro-acoustic
and computer music, Music and Gender. National and international
figures in the world of music visit the department throughout the year, contributing
to research and composition seminars, masterclasses and undergraduate projects.
A high standard of instrumental and vocal performance, combined with excellent facilities and specialized equipment, supports a stimulating professional environment. We believe that it's essential to perform the music we study, wherever possible, and to study the music we perform. This approach characterises all the teaching in the department, at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, and is reflected in our modern and flexible music buildings. Based around the SirJack Lyons Concert Hall, in which most of our concerts and large scale rehearsals take place, the department also provides rehearsal and seminar rooms with early pianos, harpsichords and spinets, fully digital composition studios, a composition room with Sibelius and Finale music processing and ample practise facilities, as well as a brand new 'Music Research Centre' (opens April 2004) which houses new recording studios, music technology rooms and the 120 seat Rymer Auditorium.