University at Buffalo

College of Arts and Sciences

Music Composition


408 Capen Hall

Buffalo, NY 14260

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Ph.D.-Music Composition

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Department of Music has for decades enjoyed a reputation as one of a handful of departments in North America dedicated to contemporary musical creation at the highest level. Now home to the Robert and Carol Morris Center for 21st Century Music, a UB 2020 designated Center of Excellence, composition at the University at Buffalo flourishes today by providing a wide range of stimulating musical and intellectual experiences within a program that allows students the space to develop and mature. In an atmosphere that encourages musical and technological experiment, cross-disciplinary collaboration, and the development of authentic creative character, graduate composers at UB take advantage of a number of resources and opportunities: • A lively faculty of internationally-recognized composers, including David Felder, Jonathan Golove, Cort Lippe, and Jeffrey Stadelman, offering distinct and complementary approaches to composition study in concert with a faculty of leading performers; • Concerts, residencies, festivals and guest artists sponsored by the Center for 21st Century Music; • The June in Buffalo festival and conference, a leading international forum for the presentation and exchange of contemporary music and musical ideas; • The Hiller Computer Music Studios, a facility which focuses on the composition of pieces for musicians and research of techniques using interactive real-time digital signal processing systems; • The performance of student compositions, made possible through the Birge-Cary Chair in Music and funds from the Center. ? A series of student-run Graduate Composers Forum concerts; ? The June in Buffalo festival, which each year features many of the finest individual and ensemble performers from the U.S. and abroad; ? The Hiller Studios' regular concerts of interactive computer and multimedia works by students and established composers, presented in the state-of-the-art Center for the Arts; ? A special series of recitals and concerts spotlighting a range of visiting contemporary music soloists and ensembles, often featuring works by UB graduate students sponsored by the Center for 21st Century Music, ? The Music Department's wide gamut of in-house performance resources, including student and faculty performers, student ensembles, and faculty ensembles-in-residence; • Diverse course offerings in music theory, musicology and twentieth-century music, as well as study in select areas of music performance; • A series of guest lectures and seminars by visiting composers and scholars; • A music library possessing an exceptionally fine collection of contemporary scores and recordings, including the Archive of the Center of the Creative and Performing Arts; • A diverse, dynamic graduate student body, with composers, theorists, musicologists and performers from six continents boasting an extensive list of awards and accomplishments. The students and recent alumni of the composition department have had works performed by some of the most well-known contemporary music specialists in the USA and abroad, including Ensemble InterContemporain, the Ictus Ensemble, Ensemble Court-Circuit, ensemble recherche, Ensemble Thürmchen, Champs d'Action, Ensemble SurPlus, the Nieuw Ensemble, the New York New Music Ensemble, the Meridian Arts Ensemble, Nouvelle Ensemble Moderne, and soloists such as Corrado Canonici, Ian Pace, Garth Knox, Harry Sparnaay, Robert Black, and numerous others. Our department has been represented at such prestigious courses, residencies, and festivals as the International Gaudeamus Music Week, Darmstadt Internationale Ferienkurse für neue Musik, Nouvelle Ensemble Moderne FORUM, Akademie Schloss Solitude, Wittener Tage für Neue Kammermusik, Fondation Royaumont Voix Nouvelles, Ircam cursus, Acanthes Festival, Donaueshingen Festival, ISCM, SCI, and SEAMUS national conventions, and the International Biennial for Electroacoustic Music.


Middle States Commission on Higher Education and the New York State Board of Regents

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

# of Credits Required: 36 for Masters, 72 f

In State Tuition (per year): 10370 USD

Out State Tuition (per year): 20190 USD

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive

Locale: Midsize City

Size & Settings: 20,000-39,999

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