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Students with strong performance skills are prepared for graduate studies in music composition. They become professional musicians, college and university teachers, or private studio teachers.

Why should I study composition?

Choosing an emphasis in composition means you will refine your music songwriting skills to produce beautiful works of sound. Explore compositions for single instruments, chamber groups, choirs, and orchestral works.

What can I do with this degree?

Our alumni have gone on to become professional composers, instructors, directors, and create their own signature musical groups for which they compose.

What skills will I develop?

  • Advanced musical theory
  • Rich knowledge of music history and literature
  • Conducting
  • Pedagogy in several instrumental types
  • Collaboration with other musicians, production, and interpersonally
  • Creative problem-solving

What unique experiences or opportunities will I have?

Collaboration with Faculty: Work one-on-one with your professors to hone technical skills and collaborate on research and performances.

Musical Tours: Participate in a music group that travels across the United States and abroad. Previous locations have included Singapore, Malaysia, Poland, Sweden, France, and more.

Festival of Christmas: Multiple music groups participate in this popular, large musical festival every year. You’ll perform in Benson Great Hall, a premier performance venue with over 1,700 seats.

As a composition student, you'll also find opportunities to have your music performed by yourself or other musicians on our premier stage in the Benson Great Hall.

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Recent grads have performed with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, The Minnesota Opera, The Banff Festival Orchestra, The Aspen Festival, The Oregon Bach Festival, and the nation’s service bands.

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Upcoming Events

FEB 13 2018

Pamela Sohriakoff and Herbert Johnson, duo-piano

7:30 p.m. Benson Great Hall

A faculty recital featuring works for two pianos

MAR 24 2018

Wind Symphony Home Concert

7:30 p.m. Benson Great Hall

The Wind Symphony under conductor Steven Thompson will conclude their 2018 spring tour with a concert in Benson Great Hall.

APR 19 2018

Södra Vätterbygdens Folkhögskola (SVF) Choir and Bethel Choir Joint Concert

7:30 p.m. Benson Great Hall

The SVF Choir from Jönköping, Sweden, and the Bethel Choir will collaborate to present a concert of choral classics and Swedish folk music during the SVF Choir's 2018 American tour.

APR 24 2018

Great Hall Choral Arts Concert

7:30 p.m. Benson Great Hall

Featuring the Bethel Choir, Women's Choir, Men's Choir, and Twin City area high school choirs

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