Composition

  • Anna Stachurska composition quote
  • Composition professor Joel Durand confers with members of New York's Talea Ensemble
    Members of New York's Talea Ensemble lead a score reading with UW composition students on March 19 (Photo: Anthony James).
  • UW Composers 2015-16
    UW Composition faculty, left to right: Huck Hodge, Joël-François Durand, Juan Pampin, Richard Karpen (Photo: Steve Korn).
  • Composition professor Joel Durand with members of New York's Talea Ensemble
    Composition professor Joel Durand with members of New York's Talea Ensemble
  • Composition student Josh Archibald-Seiffer receives notes from the JACK Quartet
    Composition student Josh Archibald-Seiffer receives notes from the JACK Quartet, who were in residence at the School of Music in 2011.
  • The Talea Ensemble performed works by UW faculty and graduate student composers.
    The Talea Ensemble performed works by UW faculty and graduate student composers.

The highly selective composition program at the University of Washington emphasizes mastery of technique and encourages students to develop their own artistic voices.

Renowned Faculty

Students in the program study with the four internationally renowned composers who comprise the core faculty — Jöel-François DurandHuck HodgeRichard 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.

International Artists

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 artists in residence have included Pascal Gallois, Garth Knox, Margaret Leng Tan, the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Les Percussions de Strasbourg, the JACK Quartet, the Mivos Quartet, the Dal Niente Ensemble, Nicholas Isherwood, the Talea Ensemble, the Deep Listening Band, and the Harry Partch Ensemble, among many others. In addition, students benefit from a weekly composition seminar with renowned guest composers from around the nation and the world. 

Vibrant Setting

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.

Support

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.  

How to Apply

For more information, contact SoMadmit@uw.edu