The Musical System

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The Musical system
Although composers and improvisers work in the present, they are grounded in the past: formally or informally, they are part of a musical system.

The Composition program is one of the leading programs in North America. We accept about 10 students each year who are creating the music of a new century. Our four full-time faculty members have distinguished careers as composers and teachers. Highlights include: Guggenheim Fellowship winners (all four faculty); Fromm Foundation and Koussevitzky Commissions (Chen Yi, Mobberley, Zhou Long); Charles Ives Living Award; member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (Chen Yi); Rome Prize Fellowship (Mobberley); Bourges Prize and ems Prize (Rudy); BBC Masterprize (Zhou Long).

The four faculty members have worked together for more than ten years, and have developed distinct elements for the program. These include: faculty and students work together in a supportive atmosphere; students study with faculty members via a per semester rotation system; faculty provide a combination of group classes and private lessons; mentorship program (graduate students assist undergraduate students); Composers in the Schools; state-of-the-art computer music facilities that are continuously accessible to composers; extensive performance opportunities for students' music; annual reading opportunities for orchestra, wind ensemble, jazz ensemble, and other groups; minimum of four visits annually by guest composers and new music performers; competitive scholarships and financial assistance; support for summer workshop attendance; and excellent placement record for graduates in employment and top-level graduate programs. Composition students regularly win national and international awards and have their music performed across the globe. Music Theory

Because of the emphasis upon practical music making, the MM in Theory is ideal as a second degree for performers, conductors, and composers in MM, DMA...
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