The composition faculty members are Michael Matthews, Örjan Sandred and Gordon Fitzell. Composition faculty members Matthews, Sandred and Fitzell all have active careers, with performances of their works on local, national and international concert series and festivals.
Composition students have weekly private lessons. During these lessons students work together with their professor on their individual composition projects. In addition to the feedback from the professor, visiting soloists and ensembles often come to the university to read through and comment on student works in seminars.
All composition students meet as a group twice per week in our Composition Seminar, a colloquium in which students, faculty and guest artists discuss a wide range of topics, including composition techniques, repertoire, performance practice, analysis, aesthetics, arts funding, and the role of the arts in society.
In Studio FLAT our students have the opportunity to interact with the latest technologies in the field of computer and electroacoustic music.
The eXperimental Improv Ensemble (XIE) provides students with experience in improvised music and interdisciplinary collaboration.