Welcome to the Composition Department!
By any measure, the composition department at IU consistently ranks among the top institutions of its kind in the world. The faculty is thoroughly committed to providing the best environment, stimulation, training and opportunities for young composers, acting individually as teachers and mentors and together as a department. The number of students in the department averages around fifty, split fairly evenly between graduate and undergraduate students; all receive weekly private lessons with the artist faculty.
IU composition students have been outstandingly successful, winning recognition in competitions, receiving significant commissions and performances, and finding placement in the academic and professional world when they complete their studies. Our students are also quite diverse in many ways and display a high regard for the interests, ideas, and creations of their student colleagues, an attitude that is strongly supported by the philosophy and structure of the composition department.
I believe that the more you can learn about the composition department at Indiana, the more you will appreciate why we believe this is the best place for young composers to discover and develop their potential. Please take advantage of this website to find answers to some of the frequently asked questions about our department, samples of music by our students and faculty, and much more. I also encourage you to contact the coordinator of music composition with any other questions you might have about the study of composition at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.
Chair, Composition Department
Director, New Music Ensemble
Doctoral student Erik Ransom's Prayer in Spring
Georgina Joshi Composition Commission Award
IU New Music Ensemble, April 17, 2014