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Department of Composition

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A distinguished faculty of internationally known composers empowers students with guidance and encouragement in the search of the student's individual voice and creative goals. Our students achieve at the highest level by creating cutting-edge work that explores a wide range of creative media and styles. Alumni continue our tradition of artistic excellence, holding teaching positions across the globe, performing and composing at the top of the field, and contributing in a meaningful way to a diverse range of communities.

 

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Composers in undergraduate and graduate programs enjoy premiere performances of their work through our recently revamped write HEAR / right NOW concert series, annual participation in the Midwest Composers Symposium (a forum for student composers from four schools), and concerts by University of Michigan ensembles. Students also have access to the incredible technological resources of the School, including the Duderstadt Audio Studio and the brand new Music Technology Lab.

Our composers benefit from the EXCEL Program, which provides entrepreneurship training and career services with the goal of enabling all students to forge a viable career by exploring, developing and leveraging their talents, training, skills, and ambitions.

All of these factors combine to make the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance one of the country's most important centers for the training of young composers.

 

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guest composers & past faculty

In addition to the regular faculty, students have the opportunity to work with a variety of eminent composers each semester.

news

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Video Game Music Conference to take place at U-M

The fifth annual North American Conference on Video Game Music (NACVGM) at SMTD, January 13-14 from 9 am to 6 pm each day.  more

Master class (2015) with Anthony McGill, principal clarinet of the New York Philharmonic (Photo: Chris Lee)
UMS, SMTD and the New York Philharmonic Announce Details for 2017 MICHIGAN Residency

The New York Philharmonic residency will include performances, master classes, lectures, and workshops for SMTD students, including a side-by-side chamber concert. more

events

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Dec. 12, Jan. 5, Jan. 18
Burton Memorial Tower,
Free - no tickets required
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image for Guest Master Class: Ricky Ian Gordon, composerGuest Master Class: Ricky Ian Gordon, composer

Wednesday, January 24 - 7:00pm
Earl V. Moore Building, Britton Recital Hall
Free - no tickets required
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Friday, January 26 - 7:00pm
Museum of Art,
Free - no tickets required
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SMTD logo for eventUniversity Philharmonia Orchestra

Wednesday, January 31 - 8:00pm
Hill Auditorium,
Free - no tickets required
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Michael Daugherty, Professor of Composition
Evan Chambers, Professor and Chair of CompositionRoshanne Etezady, Lecturer in CompositionKristin Kuster, professor of compositionErik Santos, Associate Professor of Composition and Director, Electronic Music StudioPaul Schoenfield, Professor of CompositionBright Sheng, Leonard Bernstein Distinguished University Professor of Composition
"Michigan, for me, was incredible. I worked with everyone..... There are many schools that have great teachers but few where you can work with them intensively. I was not shy about approaching them, but there was something about Michigan that made me feel that I could."
Derek Bermel, MM Composition 1993 & DMA Composition 1997

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