Music Graduate Student Association (MuGSA)

Welcome to the Music Graduate Student Association (MuGSA) website.  MuGSA is run by students for students.  All UB music graduate students are members of MuGSA, a branch of the Graduate Student Association.

The GSA gives MuGSA an annual budget, which helps to subsidize students who present at or attend conferences, concert performances, and master classes.  The GSA provides additional funding opportunities for the purchase of equipment for the use by graduate students in the department.  At our monthly meetings, we discuss issues that concern us (including degree requirements, teaching assignments, faculty advisement, etc.), plan events to foster a better learning environment, and discuss funding requests.  All members are encouraged to attend the monthly meetings and vote on the issues and funding requests.

General Meetings are held:

1st Tuesday of each month
12:00 - 1:00pm
Student Lounge (Baird Hall, 2nd floor)

Mosaic (Journal of Music Research) Meetings are held:

2nd/4th Tuesday of each month
12:00 - 1:00pm
Room TBA (everyone welcome)

MuGSA Colloquia are held:

3rd Tuesday of each month
12:00 - 1:00pm
Room TBA



MuGSA Google Group

The UB Music Theory Study Group strives to create a scholarly space to stimulate and disseminate research in Music Theory employing well-established music analytical methodologies as well as newly developed analytical frameworks. It meets regularly live and/or online and it is open to all UB graduate students and faculty members who would like to discuss and investigate music theory related topics. The group aims also to offer a space for possible collaborations and shared research topics.


Mosaic is an online journal published by music students at the University at Buffalo, SUNY. Mosaic presents a forum where innovative research in historical musicology, music theory, and composition converges with time-honored traditions. The journal bridges these disciplines with articles that complement one another, each individual perspective contributing a new tile to the mosaic of music research.

To access Mosaic click:


Upcoming Events:

2015 Buffalo Graduate Symposium on Music

Past Events:

2014 Buffalo Graduate Symposium on Music

2013 Buffalo Graduate Symposium on Music

2012 Buffalo Graduate Symposium on Music

2011 Buffalo Graduate Symposium on Music

2010 Buffalo Graduate Symposium on Music

2009 Buffalo Graduate Symposium on Music

Officers and Representatives, 2013-2014

Layne Vanderbeek:
Gregory Jones:
Patrick Davis:
Lawrence Rizzuto:
Weijun Chen Senator

Minutes and agendas for the monthly meetings are available in person at
meetings, and in electronic format to music graduate students by request
to the secretary and president. Please contact a member of the executive
committee for any questions regarding meetings or issues.

MuGSA 2011 Constitution

Important links

New guidelines for electronic submissions to the Graduate School:

Fellowship Information

FAQ for converting to PDF files:


Application to Candidacy Form

Certification of Full-Time Status Form

Other Grad School Forms

Grad School Deadlines

Music Resources Online at the UB Libraries, including streaming audio