Ithaca College


Master of Music in Composition

Graduate student composers have weekly composition lessons; their works are performed each semester in public concerts. They also participate in composition lessons and master classes with our Karel Husa Visiting Professors of Composition, who have included Christopher Rouse, George Crumb, John Corigliano, John Harbison, Libby Larsen, and Chen Yi.

Toward the end of their residency, student composers present a full recital of their works. They are also required to submit a formal thesis, which must be a composition of large proportion for chamber ensemble (quartet or larger), orchestra, wind ensemble, or chorus with instrumental ensemble. A performance of the thesis is recommended.

Applicants must submit representative samples of their original work: at least three scores and, whenever possible, recordings. After an initial screening, selected candidates will be invited to campus for an interview with composition faculty.

Degree Requirements

MUMC-61100 Recital        2
MUTH-65200 Bibliography and Research in Music        3
MUTH-65600 Independent Research in 20th-Century Analysis        2
MUTH-66000 Thesis        3
MUTH-66100, 66200, 66300 Composition        9
MUTH-66400 Analytical Techniques        3
MUxx-xxxxx Electives*, including one course in theory        8
Total      30

*In order to graduate, students must either pass a piano proficiency examination or enroll for two credits of piano performance study and receive a grade of B or better.