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The UNCG composition program currently has a robust class of about 25 majors (undergraduate and graduate) who avidly support and challenge one another. We focus on helping our students to build an outstanding portfolio of composed, performed, and recorded work, all with exceptional production values. There are many performance and reading opportunities each semester, and regular collaborations with film, dance, music performance, large and small ensembles, guest artists, and other artistic areas. Every year over forty student compositions are premiered at UNCG. It’s a lively, engaging, active, dynamic, supportive, and exciting place to make new music.

The composition area features the state-of-the-art Alice Virginia Poe Williams Electronic Music Studios: a Mac-based 8.1 surround studio and a PC-based 5.1 surround studio, with speaker configurations that can be replicated in our school’s Recital Hall. Typical software being used includes Max/MSP, Logic, ProTools, Ableton Live, Cubase, Reason, and Absynth. Studio equipment is available both for creating cutting-edge electronic music and making professional-quality studio and concert recordings.

Graduates from our programs typically go on to continue their studies at prestigious Masters and Doctoral programs, often earning generous scholarships. Recent graduates have received offers from schools such as Princeton University, Juilliard School, Curtis Institute, Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University, Florida State University, University of North Texas, University of Iowa, University of Florida, Mills College, Bowling Green University, University of Texas at Austin, University of South Carolina, Louisiana State University, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, and University of Memphis.

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Degree Programs

UNCG offers the following degree programs for students interested in studying Composition:

Undergraduate Programs

Bachelor of Music (B.M.) – Composition

Graduate Programs

Master of Music (M.M.) – Composition
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Composition

Composition Faculty

alejandro rutty

Dr. Alejandro Rutty

Mark Engebretson

Dr. Mark Engebretson

Electronic Music Studios

electronic music studio with computer and equipmentThe composition area features the state-of-the-art Alice Virginia Poe Williams Electronic Music Studios: a Mac-based 8.1 surround studio and a PC-based 5.1 surround studio, with speaker configurations that can be replicated in our school’s Recital Hall. Typical software being used includes Max/MSP, Logic, ProTools, Ableton Live, Cubase, Reason, and Absynth. Studio equipment is available both for creating cutting-edge electronic music and making professional-quality studio and concert recordings.

electronic music studio with student in front of computer
Junior Frank Starobin working in studio 131.

UNCG offers two electronic music studios including both 5.1 and 8.1 channel surround sound and numerous digital audio workstations such as Logic, Ableton, Pro Tools, and Reason.

Recent Guest Artists

Recent guest artists in the Composition Program at UNCG. Click on each year to view more.

  • Beo String Quartet, website
  • Quintet Sirocco, website
  • James Iman, piano, website
  • Emilio Peroni, piano, website
  • Garrett Schumann, guest composer
  • Steven Bryant, Distinguished Visiting Composer, website
  • Craig Bove, guest composer, website
  • Philip Glass, composer, website
  • Todd Reynolds, violinist and composer, Steve Reich Ensemble and Bang on a Can, website
  • Ian Clark, flutist and composer, website
  • D.J. Sparr, composer and electric guitarist, website
  • Thelema Trio, clarinet, saxophone, and piano contemporary ensemble, website
  • Three Red Crowns, instrumental seven piece, featuring sax, strings, bass and drums, website
  • Ruby Fulton, composer, website
  • Collapss—Collective for Happy Sounds, multidisciplinary art ensemble, website
  • Stacy Garrop, composer, website
  • Nicholas Omiccioli, composer, website
  • Sarah Plum, violinist, website
  • Charles Nichols, composer and violinist, website
  • Cassatt Quartet, string quartet, website
  • Lukas Ligeti, composer-percussionist, website
  • Bruno Louchouarn, composer, website
  • Eric Mandat, clarinetist and composer, website
  • NOW Ensemble, contemporary chamber ensemble, website
  • Linda Dusman, composer, website

Visiting Composers

  • Samuel Adler
  • Allen Anderson
  • Burton Beerman
  • Steven Bryant
  • David Dzubay
  • Suzanne Farrin
  • Karel Husa
  • Jakov Jakoulov
  • Libby Larsen
  • Anne LeBaron
  • Lukas Ligeti
  • Elainie Lillios
  • Scott Lindroth
  • Missy Mazzoli
  • Janice Misurell-Mitchell
  • Paul Moravec
  • Joel Pucket
  • Hilary Tann
  • Frank Ticheli and Ken Ueno

Visiting Ensembles

  • Anders Åstrand
  • Amy Dissanayake
  • Cassatt Quartet
  • Daedalus Quartet
  • Due East
  • Eight Blackbird
  • Invisible
  • L2ORK
  • Oasis Quartet
  • Sam Newsome
  • Now Ensemble
  • Red Clay Saxophone Quartet
  • Gerard Schwarz
  • Dimtry Sitkovetsky
  • Thelema Trio

Student Work

Samples of music composed by current and former students. Click on each year to view more.

Eric Paździora, MM ’14 ericpazdziora.comSoundcloud

“Promenade en Soirée”

Wei Dai, MM ‘ 14 musicwei.com

LED for Saxophone Quartet by Trevor Bumgarner