Music Composition

The Department of Music Composition, Theory, and History emphasizes contemporary art music, ranging from traditional approaches to electronic music composition and experimental directions.

The department offers professional degree programs in composition at both the undergraduate and graduate level as well as courses in music theory, composition, computer music, and music history courses for music majors and Syracuse University students.

Undergraduate composers are eligible to receive a number of opportunities in financial aid, including full scholarships from the Setnor School. Graduate composers may apply for teaching assistantships or the Heaton Fellowship in Composition. All of these may include full tuition plus a stipend. For more information, visit our section for Prospective Students.


Joseph Downing
Associate Professor and Department Chair