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Music Composition Major

Violin students playing in the orchestra

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
  • A repertory list of all student compositions with approximate dates completed
    should be submitted.

Degree Requirements

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

Career Paths

Classical Composer



Graduate study in Composition


Dr. Mark Volker

Sample Course Offerings

Form & Analysis



Computer Assisted Music Notation

Private Composition


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

Audition Requirements
Audition Process