With so many opportunities for performance at Lamont, composition majors have their work performed publicly on a regular basis. The Lamont Symphony Orchestra and the student group Modern Hue Ensemble regularly rehearse and record student works. Additionally, we present new pieces by our composition students on the quarterly Lamont Composers Concert Series.

Award-winning composer Leanna Kirchoff brings decades of experience to the composition studio. Her music has been performed at Carnegie Hall and included in the Ernest Bloch and 9th New London Wind Festivals. William Hill's works have been performed by the Colorado, Grand Rapids, and Cheyenne Symphonies and at the Colorado Music Festival. He's also Principal Timpanist with the Colorado Symphony and Music Director of the Evergreen Chamber Orchestra. Chappell Kingsland's works have won first-place awards from the Percussive Arts Society, the Jacobs School of Music and the International Tuba-Euphonium Association. His music draws equal inspiration from the European/American tradition and from diverse musical sources ranging from Balinese gamelan and Japanese koto to Bulgarian dance and West African kora.

 

Portfolio Requirements

UNDERGRADUATE (BM AND BA) AND GRADUATE (MM)
  • Submit a portfolio of at least two scores.
  • Recordings are optional but encouraged.
  • Submit a resume that includes:
    • Music education (for example, teachers, degree programs, if applicable)
    • Activities in music (for example, performances, ensembles)
    • Compositions
UNDERGRADUATE (MINOR)
  • Submit a portfolio of at least one score.
  • Recordings are optional but encouraged.

Note: Classical composition applicants are encouraged, but not required, to provide evidence of proficiency on a musical instrument by uploading a video through the online application system.

For information about jazz composition, please visit the Jazz Studio page.

Faculty

 
Leanna Kirchoff

Leanna Kirchoff

Adjunct Faculty

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William Hill

William Hill

Adjunct Faculty

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John Rot

John Rot

Visiting Teaching Assistant Professor

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Meet Sean Friar, our new composition faculty member

Composer and pianist, Sean Friar grew up in Los Angeles, where his first musical experiences were in rock and blues piano improvisation. While his focus soon shifted toward classical music, his composition has always kept in touch with the energy and communicative directness of those musical roots, now along with an expansive and exploratory classical sensibility that is “powerfully engaging and incredibly fun” (I Care if You Listen) and “refreshingly new and solidly mature… and doesn’t take on airs, but instead takes joy in the process of discovery – in the continual experience of suspense and surprise – that good classical music has always championed.” (Slate Magazine).

He thrives on composing for ensembles both within and outside the realm of traditional concert music, and his recent commissions run the gamut from works for orchestra and string quartet to a junk car percussion concerto, music for laptop orchestra, and a microtonal piano duo. His music has been performed throughout the world by ensembles including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic Scharoun Ensemble (Germany), the American Composers Orchestra, the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, Alarm Will Sound, and many more.

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