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Music Composition Major



The Music Composition major builds on a strong foundation of music theory and gives extensive training in the creation of music in a wide variety of classical styles. This classical major is designed for students who wish to pursue graduate study in composition with the ultimate aim of university teaching and/or professional classical composition. *Each candidate must perform a vocal OR instrumental audition, as well as submit the below materials:

  • Two (2) scores and sound files of compositions or arrangements (do not have to be
    professionally recorded) which show current compositional activity.
  • Compositions or arrangements should be for contrasting media and of contrasting
    styles.
  • A repertory list of all student compositions with approximate dates completed
    should be submitted.
  • Additional Audition Information for Composition Majors

Degree Requirements:

To see a full course listing, click here (pdf).


Career Paths:

Major in Composition

Classical Composer

Orchestrator

Professor

Graduate study in Composition


Coordinator:

Dr. Mark Volker


Sample Course Offerings

Form & Analysis

Orchestration

Counterpoint

Computer Assisted Music Notation

Private Composition

Conducting





Interested in learning more about the School of Music audition process?

Audition Requirements
Audition Process

Additional Audition Information for Composition Majors