Composition

The Setnor School of Music offers a master of music (M.M.) degree program in composition. You will study privately with our prestigious faculty and also meet weekly in the Composer's Symposium to discuss current issues and visit with guest composers. 

Your experiences are further enriched with master classes and performances by Syracuse's Society for New Music, which specializes in presenting and performing the music of living composers.

Because all students in the Setnor School are required to play works written in their own lifetime, many opportunities exist for student composers to hear their own works in recitals and concerts. The school's ensembles are open to reading, performing, and recording student works; in the past 10 years, virtually every piece written by a student composer has been read or performed by such Syracuse University ensembles as the Symphony Orchestra, the Wind Ensemble, and the Symphony Band. Opus, the student-run composition ensemble, also presents recitals of student works.

Graduates of our program have taught at such prestigious institutions as Northwestern University, Stanford University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Shenandoah Conservatory. Others are pursuing full-time careers in film scoring.