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About the area:
The composition program at The State University of New York at Fredonia has been one of the strongest centers of new music in western New York for over 30 years.
The Bachelor of Music in Composition offers instruction without a stylistic agenda. Each apprentice composer follows his/her own stylistic direction while developing professionally competitive musical insights and skills. Composition majors receive private composition lessons, composition seminars and master classes, and courses in electronic music, orchestration, and counterpoint. Elective courses in acoustics, aesthetics, arranging, and improvisation are also available. The culmination of the Composition major's college study is the completion of a composition recital in the senior year. Other opportunities for public performances of student compositions are afforded by ETHOS, a student-administered organization that offers four concerts per season.
Graduates from Fredonia's Bachelor of Music Composition program are employed in many facets of commercial music media, and many have been awarded assistantships and fellowships to study at major graduate schools.
The composition program trains students who wish to pursue professional and/or academic careers in music composition. Student composers benefit from a wide array of opportunities in the concert hall as well as in the classroom. Reading sessions with the Symphony Orchestra, Wind Symphony and Concert Choir allow students to create short works for large ensembles and collaborations between the composition studio and instrumental/vocal studios encourage the interaction between composer and performer. Strong emphasis is given toward collaborations outside of the School of Music as the composers work with choreographers, filmmakers, directors, poets and other creative artists. In our state-of-the-art Fredonia Electroacoustic Music Studio, students are exposed to the latest digital technologies as well as early technologies including a rare Moog modular synthesizer.