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Department of Music

Studying Music at the University of York gives you a unique opportunity to deepen your understanding of musical experiences and to look at how music is shaping and responding to the world.

We are internationally recognised for integrated creative, practical and scholarly approaches to music and our graduates are critical, independent thinkers.

Auditions for ensembles 2021-2022


Arthur Sykes Rymer Auditorium



Alex Paxton: Happybig gay Cartoon-Machine Music for Bosch People, orchestras and Lollipops

The composer and improvising-trombonist joins us to discuss his recent work.


Ben Gaunt: Embracing Idiosyncrasies

The Yorkshire-based composer, performer, and educator joins us to discuss his work, including the recent Nothing Else Exists for solo violin.


PGR Session

Part of our weekly Music Research Seminar series


Applications now open for Music Graduate Teaching Assistant positions

Tuesday 3 May 2022

Applications are now open for Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) positions within the Music Department for the 2022/23 academic year.

Festival in Holland

Monday 7 March 2022

Performed by internationally renowned musicians, Thomas Simaku’s music is featured in the Moderne Muziek Nijmegen Festival in Holland on 20th March 2022.

Christopher Fox becomes an Honorary Professor

Monday 7 March 2022

We are delighted to announce that Christopher Fox has become an Honorary Professor of the Department of Music at the University of York.

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From the sensational Manchester Collective and acclaimed improvising-trombonist Alex Paxton to Baroque+ Day at the National Centre for Early Music and the renowned Fieri Consort and The City Musick, our summer programme of concerts promises to be truly unforgettable!

Rankings and awards

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