Composition
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Composition

Click on the program below to view the composition curricular outline:
Bachelor of Music (BMus)
Graduate Professional Diploma (GPD)

Master of Music (MM)
Artist Diploma (AD)
Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)

Diverse areas of expertise and interests represented among the faculty allow students to find the guidance they need to express their individuality through their music. Through studies in traditional concert music, film music, music for the theatre, improvisation, and advanced modern compositional techniques, students are exposed to an ever-changing array of music. 

The composition department is a community that fosters cooperation between its students and faculty. Through once-a-week composition seminars, students and faculty members have the opportunity to discuss each other's music and to hear music by visiting composers. Students take an introductory composition course during their first two semesters and then have three years of individual lessons with faculty composers. This assures a regular, disciplined course of study. 

Through regular one-on-one instruction and seminar courses with their peers, graduate students continue to develop their compositional voices through the free exchange and application of ideas.

Essential to any composer's artistic development is the opportunity to hear their music performed. Hartt provides numerous score calls to its students, with several performance organizations sponsoring student performances. Foot in the Door, a group dedicated to the performance of new chamber music, sponsors concerts of student works each semester. Additionally, students are given the opportunity through the student-run "Public Works" series to have their music performed. Each semester, the Hartt Symphony Orchestra and Hartt Symphonic Band select several student works to read and play during their rehearsal time. Annual collaborations between student composers and choreographers culminate in an exciting evening of premieres. Residencies by professional ensembles for whom students compose new works provide exposure to performance standards in the "real world". Annual electronic concerts and score calls by Performance 20/20, Hartt's honors chamber music program, provide more opportunities for Hartt composers.