Composition

Join our community of exceptional composers and performers

By any measure, our composition department consistently ranks among the top programs of its kind in the world.

You’ll learn from faculty members committed to providing you with the best educational experience possible. Study with peers eager to help you be your most creative. And have your work performed by some of the best student musicians in the world.

Showcase your work

At Jacobs, you’ll hone your craft as a composer and have numerous performances of your music.

Each academic year, in addition to a number of organized collaborations, special projects, and ad hoc events, we schedule eight general student composition recitals and two focusing on works created at the Center for Electronic and Computer Music.

With the Jacobs School's unparalleled performing resources, you can look forward to performances of your music for instruments, voice, and electronics in solo, chamber, and large ensemble settings.

Toward the end of your degree program, you will present an individual recital of music composed during your residency on campus.

By the time you graduate, having built a solid portfolio of scores and recordings, and learning through a wealth of experiences interacting with the Jacobs community and visitors from the profession, you will be well prepared for the next step on your journey.

At Jacobs, there is no shortage of enthusiastic collaborators and inspiring colleagues, and I cherish the friendships and professional relationships I have found here.

Christopher LaRosa, D.M. Composition

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