Composition

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The school of music’s highly competitive graduate-level composition program welcomes students who demonstrate extraordinary intellectual curiosity and whose primary goal is to communicate with others on a profoundly human level. Above all, our faculty of renowned composers seek students whose personal voice is clearly discernible.

Both the M.A. and Ph.D programs emphasize the collaborative relationship between composers and performers in such a way that a simulated professional experience is achieved. Students are expected to acquire and master advanced skills, which involves continued intensive study of: music theory, counterpoint, orchestration, analysis, technology, performance, the traditional Western canon and its history, in tandem with the study of popular, jazz, rock, folk, and non-Western traditions.

By the end of the M.A., students will be thoroughly prepared to enter the professional arena. The Ph.D. program is designed in a two-fold manner: graduate composers are trained to become both practicing artists in their field and to become mentors for the next generations of artist-scholars.

Composition Faculty
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Hitomi Oba
Lecturer
James Newton
Distinguished Professor
Peter Golub
Lecturer
Kay Rhie
Assistant Professor
Noah Meites
Lecturer
Ian Krouse
Professor
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