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Composition Major
  • A unique opportunity awaits the student composer at Capital. Within the context of one program, composition majors study techniques from the traditional as well as the jazz/contemporary perspective.

    Students learn by studying with nationally -- and internationally - known composers and arrangers who are part of the resident faculty, and with individuals who visit the campus to present lectures, demonstrations and commissioned works.

    While earning a bachelor of music degree in composition, students receive extensive training in all aspects of the field, including jazz and electronic composition, music theory and history, calligraphy, counterpoint, orchestration, arranging and music business. All of this plus the added advantage that composition students have complete access to the conservatory's state-of-the-art recording and MIDI-based electronic music studio.

    Finally, the excellent and varied conservatory ensembles provide a fantastic opportunity for student composers to try out their ideas.

    Download the 4-year course plan for the composition major (PDF).

    Course requirements for all majors and minors can be found in our online course bulletin.  

    Composition Area Faculty

    • Tony Zilincik, Head of Composition Area
    • Lou Fischer
    • Mark Flugge
    • Barry E. Kopetz
    • Dina Lentsner
    • Mark Lochstampfor
    • Rocky J. Reuter
    • Stan Smith
    • Vera Stanojevic
    • James Swearingen
    • Thomas Zugger