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Bachelor’s or Master’s in Music Composition (BM or MM)

The Music Composition program challenges individual composers to hone their creative skills. Students will cultivate the ability to use all the building blocks of music to create a diverse portfolio of original works, gain necessary professional skills and explore a variety of musical styles as they develop their unique voices.


Why Roosevelt

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Accomplished Guest Composers

Each year, we bring in several distinguished and emerging composers to teach composition lessons and/or give presentations on their music.

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Recognition in the Field

Our former students have also received recognition in the field, including awards such as the Guggenheim Fellowship, Aaron Copland Award and Rockefeller Foundation Artist Fellowship. Former students have also had their works performed by violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, the American Composers Orchestra and the Louisville, Austin and Vancouver Symphony Orchestras.

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Building Musical Organizations

Roosevelt graduates have created musical organizations such as Access Contemporary Music, Anaphora Ensemble, Chicago Composers Orchestra, Singers on New Ground and the Heisenberg Uncertainty Players.

“The Music Composition program is focused on challenging our students to realize their utmost potential as composers while encouraging them to explore and discover their own unique compositional voice. Our award-winning faculty are dedicated to giving students a comprehensive education that will prepare them for the professional life and business of being a composer.”


Kyong Mee Choi
Program Director of Composition Program and Music and Computing Program, Roosevelt University.

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