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A nice picture of the Music Department in Spring

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.  

Wednesday, January 16th, 2002