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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?

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

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.

Students have won a national composition prize and a statewide vocal competition.

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NOV 30 2017

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Bethel's talented musicians usher in the Christmas season through joyful song

DEC 1 2017

Festival of Christmas

7:30 p.m. Benson Great Hall

Bethel's talented musicians usher in the Christmas season through joyful song

DEC 2 2017

Festival of Christmas

2 p.m. Benson Great Hall

Bethel's talented musicians usher in the Christmas season through joyful song

DEC 2 2017

Festival of Christmas

7:30 p.m. Benson Great Hall

Bethel's talented musicians usher in the Christmas season through joyful song

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