Composition M.M.

Graduate student composers have weekly composition lessons; their works are performed each semester in public concerts. They also participate in composition lessons and master classes with our Karel Husa Visiting Professors of Composition, who have included Christopher Rouse, George Crumb, John Corigliano, John Harbison, and Chen Yi.

Toward the end of their residency, student composers present a full recital of their works. They are also required to submit a formal thesis, which must be a composition of large proportion for chamber ensemble, orchestra, wind ensemble, or chorus with instrumental ensemble. A performance of the thesis is recommended.

Applicants must submit representative samples of their original work: at least three scores and, whenever possible, recordings. After an initial screening, selected candidates will be invited to campus for an interview with composition faculty.

Degree Requirements

Required Courses
MUMC 61100Recital1-3
MUTH 65200Bibliography and Research in Music3
MUTH 65600Independent Research in Analysis of Music Since 19452
MUTH 66000Thesis3
MUTH 66100Composition3
MUTH 66200Composition3
MUTH 66300Composition3
MUTH 66400Analytical Techniques3
MUxx xxxxxElectives 18
Total Credits30
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In order to graduate, students must either pass a piano proficiency examination or enroll for 2 credits of piano performance study and receive a grade of B or higher. Must include one course in theory.