Welcome to The University of Texas at El Paso Department of Music!
Ché Ulibarri, Undergraduate Advisor
Welcome to the UTEP Department of Music
As you explore our website, you will find that the UTEP Department of Music has an outstanding faculty, an active student body and innovative programs designed to prepare students for careers in music in the 21st Century.
The department is particularly proud of our diverse ensemble offerings, our faculty’s high profile and eclectic creative activities, and the newly created Center for Arts Entrepreneurship, under the Artistic Direction of Grammy-winning artist, Zuill Bailey.
UTEP’s growing enrollment
The Department of Music has over 300 music majors with an overall university enrollment of more than 23,000 students—a record that surely validates UTEP’s success in offering affordable programs of excellence to residents of the Paso del Norte region. In fact, the U.S. Department of Education reported that UTEP’s net price (total cost of attendance minus financial aid and scholarships) of $2,543 per year was once again this year the lowest among all U.S. research universities.
At home on the border
Our geographic location, on the border of the United States and Mexico, makes UTEP distinctive. UTEP students live and study in the world’s largest bi-national metropolitan area, unlike any other university setting. In addition to its border setting and beautiful mountainous terrain, El Paso consistently ranks as one of the safest cities of its size in the U.S. The Department of Music is proud of its close ties to local arts organizations including the El Paso Symphony, El Paso Opera, and El Paso Pro Musica, as well as our growing relations with the El Paso Community College and the Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez.
Statement on Racism
The UTEP Department of Music stands against racism and discrimination. We share in the efforts to protest against the anti-Black violence and police brutality that plagues our society. We mourn all those lives lost to violence motivated by discrimination of any type. Black lives matter.
Music, as a universal language, has been at the forefront of racial protest and reform in the past. As musicians, educators, and scholars, we are aware of the transformative power that music holds, and we will commit to creative activities and teaching that promote racial equality and create discourses of racial justice.
We pledge to use the tools of music and education to teach antiracism, to acknowledge the ways that racism has shaped our institutional practices, and to work to dismantle such racist structures. We stand with our campus and community as we work against anti-Blackness and for an environment that is truly more inclusive and equitable for all and that affirms the dignity of each individual.
Follow UTEP Music
For the most up-to-date information about our program, please visit our online calendar for Concert Information, visit our Facebook page to hear livestreams of many of our events, or visit the department’s YouTube channel for concert archives and other music-related content.
NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
Dr. Steve Wilson to perform at the Eastman School of Music
Professor of Trombone, Dr. Steve Wilson, to perform works from his most recent recording, Flood, at the 2023 Context Conference at the Eastman School of Music on November 4th. The conference focuses on contextualizing equity and inclusion in music. https://www.esm.rochester.edu/equity/gwc-conference/
New Academic Advisor
UTEP Trombone Studio Alum, Ché Ulibarri, hired as the new Undergraduate Adviser in the College of LIberal Arts! Congratulations Ché!
Dr. Steve Wilson to be a featured guest artist at the University of Nebraska
Professor of Trombone, Dr. Steve Wilson, to be a featured guest artist at the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Brass Day. Activities include master classes, brass ensemble performances and a special performance of Eric Richard’s Concerto for Trombone Quartet and Band with the UNO Wind Ensemble.
New Oboe Professor!
An accomplished oboist with a multifaceted career, Dr. Sara Renner is an active performer, educator, and recording artist. She has taught at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, the University of Alabama, Washburn University, and most recently the Omaha Conservatory of Music. Welcome Dr. Renner!
New Music Students
New and Current Music Students
All new music majors need to take the Music Theory Placement Exam, or enroll in Music Fundamentals 1.
Familiarize yourself with your degree plan: up-to-date degree plans are available at degreeplans.utep.edu . Select a catalog year (usually your first year at UTEP), then "College of Liberal Arts," "Undergraduate" or "Graduate," and scroll through degree plans to "Bach of Music..." or "Master of Music..." Next, click "Get My Degree Plan!"