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Master of Music: Composition Emphasis

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The Music Composition Program at Eastern Washington University is designed to give students the opportunity to experiment and grow as composers. This is done through private instruction in composition, group seminars, quarterly concerts, special interdisciplinary projects, technological resources from the Computer Music Studio, guest lectures and colloquia from regional or nationally recognized composers. The Composition Program places emphasis on performance practice, theory, counterpoint, computer music, orchestration and arranging. There are also unique opportunities for film scoring and writing for theatre in collaboration with faculty from respective departments. Since 1999, the composition program has hosted guest composers of international, national and regional reputation.

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    The Music Composition Program at Eastern Washington University is designed to give students the opportunity to experiment and grow as composers. This is done through private instruction in composition, group seminars, quarterly concerts, special interdisciplinary projects, technological resources from the Computer Music Studio, guest lectures and colloquia from regional or nationally recognized composers. The Composition Program places emphasis on performance practice, theory, counterpoint, computer music, orchestration and arranging. There are also unique opportunities for film scoring and writing for theatre in collaboration with faculty from respective departments. Since 1999, the composition program has hosted guest composers of international, national and regional reputation. Past composers and performers include: Frederic Rzewski, William Kraft, Gunther Schuller, Kenjee Bunch (Flux Quartet), Roger Briggs, William Doppmann, David Maslanka, Ben Boretz, Janice Giteck, Donivan Johnson, Libby Larsen, Chris Chafe and Wayne Horvitz. Recent collaborative efforts with the Spokane Symphony have provided master classes with Michael Daugherty and Philip Glass. With more than a hundred student performers in our department, there are ample opportunities to compose for a wide variety of instruments and ensembles. The computer music lab has Pro Tools stations and a variety of music notation software on iMacs. There is also access to an ARP 2600 synthesizer and Theremin. Contact Jonathan Middleton: jmiddleton@ewu.edu to inquire about the graduate composition program.

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    EWU Music Department
    119 Music Building
    Cheney, WA 99004

    email: chegney@ewu.edu
    phone: 509.359.2241
    fax: 509.359.7028

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