Bachelor of Arts, Composition Option

The composition option focuses on creating, performance, music theory, and orchestration. The studies explore diverse styles of music. Students enjoy courses in music technology and other disciplines.

Talent Requirements for Application

When applying to the University of Illinois, prospective first-year and transfer students should select the “Music” degree option, and specify the “Music Composition” option on the supplemental music form. The link to your supplemental music form will be emailed to you 24-48 hours after you submit your University application. To be considered for acceptance into the BA in Composition program, applicants must also:

  1. Submit a portfolio of 3 to 5 original compositions for any instrumentation, including electronic music. Be sure to proof-read scores and make them as professional looking as possible. Please include recordings if you have them.
  2. Participate in a 20-minute interview with members of the Composition/Theory faculty. During the interview, applicants will be asked about their musical background, educational interests, and long-term professional goals. Applicants will also have the opportunity to ask the faculty questions.

Please note that an audition on an instrument or voice is not required for the Bachelor of Arts.

About Bachelor of Arts, Composition

The Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Music is a 120-hour degree that is designed for students who wish to pursue a music degree with curricular flexibility to complete coursework in secondary and complementary areas of study. The BA in Music requires students to select a specific area of study, called an “option.” The composition option consists of advanced music courses such as:

  • Orchestration
  • Analysis
  • Music informatics
  • Recording
  • Experimental and electro-acoustic music
  • Computer music
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Hear your compositions played by talented musicians

Opportunities include the New Opera Initiative which focuses on new work by students and visiting composers, the 21st Century Piano Commission Award which pairs student composers and pianists and presents annual concerts at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, the Illinois Modern Ensemble, and many more.

Composition, Theory & Music Technology faculty

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