Applied Studies - Composition

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.

Graduate and undergraduate composition students at the University of Manitoba have had many opportunities for having their music performed. Students at the faculty have had their works read and performed by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the GroundSwell New Music Series, the University Orchestra, the University Wind Ensemble, the Contemporary Opera Lab, and other University instrumental and vocal ensembles. Our students have won the Canadian Music Centre Prairie Region Emerging Composers Competition, the BMI Student Composer Award and the SOCAN Foundation Award for Young Composers; as well they have participated in mentorship programs with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and in residencies with the Thunder Bay Symphony and the Mexican Center for Music and Sonic Arts.

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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.

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