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Department of Composition

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A distinguished faculty of internationally known composers provides students with guidance and encouragement in the search for the student's individual voice, without imposing stylistic regimentation.

Composers in undergraduate and graduate programs enjoy premiere performances of their work in the Composers Forum concert series, through annual participation in the Midwest Composers Symposium (a forum for student composers from four schools) and in concerts by University of Michigan ensembles. Students also have access to the incredible resources of the School, including the Audio Studio and the Electronic Music Studios.

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Faculty, students, and alumni of the Department of Composition continue to win an extraordinary number of national and international awards, receiving virtually every prize and award available to American composers.

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

 

faculty

Erik Santos (Chair)

Evan Chambers

Michael Daugherty

Roshanne Etezady (beginning in Fall 2014)

guest composers & past faculty

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

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SMTD logo for newsProfessor Daugherty's "Vulcan" Premiered by Ann Arbor High School Bands

At their gala centennial concert at Hill Auditorium, the Ann Arbor High School Bands will perform the world premiere of Michael Daugherty's Vulcan for Concert Band. more

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Professor Kuster Wins Prestigious OPERA America Grant

Kristen Kuster, assistant professor of composition was named one of eight recipients of the brand new OPERA America Opera Grants for Female Composers.  more

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Colemans to be honored at Michigan premiere of Professor Emeritus Bolcom's opera

President Coleman, U-M/Detroit cultural ties and the decades-long artistic partnership between MOT and SMTD will be celebrated at gala opening of A View From the Bridge. more

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Doctoral Fellow Named MTNA Distinguished Composer of the Year

Michael-Thomas Foumai (DMA '14) was honored as the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Distinguished Composer of the Year for his work Flash Fiction. more

 

Michael Daugherty, Professor of Composition
Evan Chambers, Professor and Chair of Composition Kristin Kuster, Assistant Professor of Composition Erik Santos, Associate Professor of Composition and Director, Electronic Music Studio Paul Schoenfield, Professor of Composition Bright 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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