Composition Department

Student Activity

Will Rowe

Master's Student

Opportunities & Deadlines (noon on indicated day)


The American Composer's Forum School Membership Program

Since 2007, every IU Composition Department major has been given full access to every available offering of this national organization. Some of these offerings include a updated list of festivals and competitions for the students to participate in, CD reviews, upcoming new music concerts, and other news and events relating to new music.

Ballet Department Choreographic Workshop
(offered occasionally)

Students are invited to submit works for consideration by the student choreographers.

Center for Electronic and Computer Music

Established in 1966 for the purpose of theoretical training, electronic and multi-media composition, and the dissemination of works through public concerts, the Center for Electronic and ComputerMusic today houses two studios which employ the latest technologies in digital sound synthesis and sampling, MIDI, digital recording and editing, video, and research-level computing. The curriculum provides an extensive technical training and historical background for students with little or no previous experience. More advanced students may enroll to use the studio facilities for the production of compositions and multi-media works, as well as for research. The program may serve as a minor for the Doctor ofMusic degree in composition, as well as a cognate area for the Master of Music degree.

Dean's Prize Composition Contest

Each year the Dean of the School of Music offers prizes for outstanding new orchestral, chamber and electroacoustic compositions. The winners are selected by a jury appointed by the Dean, from works submitted by IU composition students. Deadline: Monday after Spring Break.

Georgina Joshi Composition Commission Prize

A prize is awarded to an outstanding composition for solo voice and instrumental ensemble to be performed by the IU New Music Ensemble. The winner is selected by the Composition Faculty, from works submitted by IU composition students. Deadline: Monday after Spring Break.

Kids Compose

Elementary School children from grades two through six are invited to submit original melodies that fit on one page and are less than one minute in length. Students invent a melody and learn the simple tools needed to get it written in musical form. IU Jacobs School of Music composition students will turn the melodies selected by a panel into orchestra or band compositions. The selections will be performed to over 1,600 local 3rd and 5th grade elementary students who visit the Musical Arts Center each school year for youth concerts given by IU Jacobs School of Music ensembles. Deadline: Oct. 1.

Kuttner Quartet Composition Contest

All IU composers are invited to submit scores written during the student's residency at IU for performance consideration by the Kuttner String Quartet. Deadline: Oct. 1.

Midwest Composers Symposium

The Composition Department participates in theMidwest Composers' Symposium, an annual two-day concert series of music by selected student composers at Indiana University, the universities of Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, and Oberlin College. Each year the Symposium is held on the campus of a different member school. Deadlines: Oct. 1, Nov. 1

New Music Ensemble

This student ensemble operates under the aegis of the Composition Department and presents the music of recent decades in four concerts each year on the Bloomington campus. Recent tours have taken them to New York City, Philadelphia, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angles and to other college campuses in Indiana, Kentucky and Illinois. Composition majors who are also strong performers frequently join this ensemble. Auditions are usually held the first day of fall semester for piano and strings. Percussion and winds are assigned by the performance faculty through the regular orchestra auditions.

Reading Sessions

Band: as needed. Ask your teacher to contact the Director of Bands if you have a work to be read.

New Music Ensemble: usually once a semester, or at ad hoc time. Contact the Director for more info.

Orchestra: one week at the end of every semester. Priorities: 1) Orchestration class projects, 2) Master's Theses, 3) other works or excerpts. Contact the current teacher of Orchestration for the deadline and consideration (usually mid semester).

Visiting Student Status

The Visiting Student (VS) enrollment option is available to students who wish to do advanced study without pursuing a degree or diploma. Visiting Student status requires an interview and documents in accordance with the graduate requirements for composition as well as permission from a faculty member for instruction.

IRCAM Summer Program for IU Composers

IU is once again co-sponsoring an electronic music composition program in Paris, France, during summer 2014. Students spend the month of June at IRCAM (Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique) where they will be trained in sound synthesis, patching, sound sculpting and IRCAM’s cutting-edge composition software. They will also benefit from the Agora Music Festival which will be incorporated in the program’s activities.

Up to six $1,500 scholarships are available to qualified IU participants. Other funding related to international activities can be explored through these web resources:

Join us for an informational session on Thursday, November 7 at 11:15am in the Office of Overseas Study in the Leo R. Dowling International Center to learn more about the program through a virtual presentation with onsite staff! Returned students will also be on hand to answer questions about the program.