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Music Composition


Music Composition faculty

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The composition program at The State University of New York at Fredonia has been one of the strongest centers of new music in western New York for over 40 years.

Fredonia’s undergraduate composition degree program prepares you to pursue professional and academic careers in music composition and related fields. Fredonia’s graduate composition degree program provides students the opportunity to continue their studies in composition or to begin exploring the art of composition, if their undergraduate degree was in another field. Students will expand their musical voice while learning the art and craft of composing, songwriting, arranging, orchestrating, and creating. Both our Bachelor of Music (B.M.) degree program in Music Composition and our Master’s of Music (M.M.) degree program in Music Composition offers instruction without a stylistic agenda; each student composer follows their own artistic direction while developing professionally competitive musical skills.

As a undergraduate composition major, you will take private lessons in composition in addition to your instrumental/vocal studies, attend our weekly Composition Forum, and take courses in beginning composition, instrumentation, orchestration, choral arranging, composing for electronic media, scoring for film and video games, notation, styles & genres, repertoire & analysis, and entrepreneurship, culminating in a composition recital during your senior year. As a graduate composition major, you will take private lessons in composition, attend our weekly Composition Forum, and take courses in musicology and music theory, culminating in your composition recital in your final semester.We have five annual student composer concerts that are open to both composition majors and non-majors to have works performed by student performers in our award-winning Rosch Recital Hall.

In addition to our robust curriculum, our extra-curricular opportunities are equally strong. For over 40 years our student-run presenting organization—Ethos New Music Society—has brought over 100 composers, performers, and ensembles to campus for concerts,lectures, masterclasses, and reading sessions. 

Recent graduates from Fredonia's composition program have pursued Master's and Doctoral degrees at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, New England Conservatory, New York University, Peabody Conservatory, Stony Brook University, University of California at Davis, University of California at Santa Barbara, University of Louisville, and the University of Southern California, while others have developed careers in composing, songwriting, K-12 education, higher education, arts administration, and artist management.

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