Undergraduate Study

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Music Composition and Technology offers students guidance in the composition of instrumental, vocal, and electronic music. Students experience in-depth study in music theory, score reading, orchestration, counterpoint, form and analysis, twentieth-century history, world music, contemporary compositional techniques, and technological skills in composition and sound design. Individual lessons in composition focus these topics into a personal development path.

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Warren Enstrom’s ‘prussian blue, mvt. 6: whiteboard’ (photo credit Wilhelm Matthies)

BFA student composers produce a concert of their works each semester through the Music From Almost Yesterday student organization, emphasizing instrumental and vocal compositions. The biannual Electroacoustic Salon concerts presents works by students enrolled in music technology courses. Additionally, the Contemporary Music Ensemble presents an annual concert of student works.

Guest artists provide special opportunities for students to write for a professional ensemble and have their pieces performed. Some recent guest ensembles include: Spektral Quartet, Zeitgeist, Bent Frequency, and Dal Niente.