Our music composition major helps students develop an understanding of composition as both a craft and an art – an understanding of how knowledge can guide inspiration.
Students interested in majoring in composition take private lessons, meet with other composers in a weekly master class, and have a recital component in their senior year. In addition, students have multiple opportunities each year to have their works performed, whether it is in the designated student composition recitals or other performance recitals that occur both on and off campus.
An audition is required for acceptance into the Composition program.
Why Study Composition at Concordia?
- We are an undergraduate-focused program. This means that you will get close attention from our faculty and multiple opportunities to get direct feedback on your work.
- The size of our program allows for students to build personal connections with faculty, leading to continued mentoring beyond graduation.
- The composition faculty at Concordia is active and has a wide range of musical interests including acoustic, electroacoustic, chamber, vocal, and orchestral music.
- Proven success: Many of our graduates have gone on to study at esteemed graduate schools and have a variety of successful careers in composition.
Students majoring in composition who complete the degree will have a portfolio that includes:
- Solo works for various instruments
- Vocal/choral works
- Chamber pieces for small ensembles
- Electroacoustic works
- A work for a large ensemble
- Collaborative works (with theater, film, art, etc.)