Rob Deemer, Area Head, Assistant Professor
Karl Boelter, Director School of Music, Professor
About the area:
The composition program at SUNY Fredonia has been one of the strongest centers of new music in western New York for over 30 years.
The Bachelor of Music in Composition offers instruction without a stylistic agenda. Each apprentice composer follows his/her own stylistic
direction while developing professionally competitive musical insights and skills.
Composition majors receive private composition lessons, composition seminars and master
classes, and courses in electronic music, orchestration, and counterpoint. Elective
courses in acoustics, aesthetics, arranging, and improvisation are also available.
The culmination of the Composition major's college study is the completion of a composition
recital in the senior year. Other opportunities for public performances of student
compositions are afforded by ETHOS, a student-administered organization that offers
four concerts per season.
Graduates from Fredonia's BM-Composition program are employed in many facets of commercial
music media, and many have been awarded assistantships and fellowships to study at
major graduate schools.
The composition program trains students who wish to pursue professional and/or academic
careers in music composition. Student composers benefit from a wide array of opportunities
in the concert hall as well as in the classroom. Reading sessions with the Symphony
Orchestra, Wind Symphony and Concert Choir allow students to create short works for
large ensembles and collaborations between the composition studio and instrumental/vocal
studios encourage the interaction between composer and performer. Strong emphasis
is given toward collaborations outside of the School of Music as the composers work
with choreographers, filmmakers, directors, poets and other creative artists. In our
state-of-the-art Fredonia Electroacoustic Music Studio, students are exposed to the
latest digital technologies as well as early technologies including a rare Moog modular
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