The Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University is one of the oldest degree-granting music institutions in the United States. Founded in 1895, the school combines conservatory-level training with the academic rigor of a world-class research university. Located 12 miles north of downtown Chicago, the Bienen School of Music is home to 600 undergraduate and graduate students and a distinguished faculty of 125, many of whom are members of the Chicago Symphony and Lyric Opera of Chicago Orchestras. The school attracts exceptional artist-scholars—students with outstanding talent and achievement in both music and academics—and encourages th to explore multiple areas of interest. In addition to traditional degree programs, the school offers dual degree programs that combine an undergraduate music degree with a degree in liberal arts, engineering, journalism or communication. The school’s ongoing success is reflected in the many alumni who hold positions with some of the world’s most este ed orchestras, opera companies, and universities. The Bienen School of Music presents more than 400 concerts annually, including three special series: the Winter Chamber Music Festival, Segovia Classical Guitar Series, and Skyline Piano Artist Series. The school has achieved special stature in the area of contemporary music. Founded in 2012, the Institute for New Music has established the Bienen School as an epicenter for new music. The school also sponsors two major international prizes: the $100,000 Michael Ludwig N mers Prize in Musical Composition and the $50,000 Jean Gimbel Lane Prize in Piano Performance. In 2015, the Bienen School moved into its new lakefront home, the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Center for the Musical Arts. This 155,000-square-foot glass-encased facility boasts three state-of-the-artemperformance venues, as well as classrooms, practice rooms, teaching studios and choral and orchestral libraries.