The highly selective composition program at the University of Washington emphasizes mastery of technique and encourages students to develop their own artistic voices.
Students in the program study with the four internationally renowned composers who comprise the core faculty — Jöel-François Durand, Huck Hodge, Richard Karpen and Juan Pampin. Faculty interests are wide-ranging and include symphonic and chamber instrumental composition, interdisciplinary arts, improvisation, and interactive works for digital media.
Students benefit from the opportunity to work with major international artists in a variety of settings ranging from master classes to performances and readings of student works. Recent visiting artists and residencies have included Pascal Gallois, Garth Knox, Margaret Leng Tan, Shulamit Ran, Stuart Dempster, the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Les Percussions de Strasbourg, the JACK Quartet, The Talea Ensemble, and the Deep Listening Band, among others.
The School of Music and the affiliated Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media (DXARTS) present numerous concerts of new music annually, making vital contributions to Seattle’s contemporary and experimental music scenes.
The School of Music distributes more than a half million dollars annually in merit- and need-based student support. Graduate teaching assistantships are also granted in all areas of study.
For more information, contact SoMadmit@uw.edu