Aspiring composers expand their creative language while developing a diverse portfolio of compositions. They receive a rigorous training in harmony, counterpoint, analysis, conducting, orchestration, digital audio and, of course, composition.

With over 300 performances each year and a high ratio of performance students to composition students, Lamont offers many opportunities to have your creative work performed. Our state-of-the-art recording studio is wired to every performance and rehearsal space, allowing you to graduate with a diverse portfolio of digitally recorded works.

About the Program

Audition and Portfolio Requirements

Classical Composition

  1. Submit a portfolio of at least two scores.
  2. Recordings are optional but encouraged.
  3. You are encouraged, but not required, to provide evidence of proficiency on a musical instrument or voice by uploading a video with your application.
  1. Perform an audition on your primary instrument or voice, preparing three jazz standards.
  2. Submit musical scores of at least two contrasting works. These should be uploaded through the online application and also sent to Dave Hanson.
  3. Submit corresponding recordings of the musical scores. You may either submit the audio files or link to them on YouTube, Soundcloud, Google Drive, etc.

Degree Requirements

The master of music in composition has two possible emphases: classical or jazz. For either, students take classes in music theory, musicology, and orchestration.

Students will participate in ensembles and also complete these non-coursework requirements:

  • Final oral and written comprehensive exams
  • Demonstration of graduate-level proficiency in the musicology and music theory proficiency exams
  • Submission of at least one composition for every end-of-quarter Composer's Series concert
  • Convocation attendance

For more information see the Lamont School of Music Graduate Bulletin.

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