Featured JMU Student Composition: Power Cell by Ryan Stees

Composition

Degrees in composition are offered at the Bachelor’s and Master’s levels, with an emphasis on composing acoustic music for the concert hall. Students in both of these degree programs organize a full recital of their compositions, and Master’s students also complete a large-scale work as a final project.

All music majors may take composition as an elective by enrolling in MUS 352, which includes composition lessons, weekly composition seminar, and participation in the Student Composers Recitals that occur once or twice each semester.

The composition and theory faculty teach the core music theory and aural skills courses required for all music majors, as well as upper level courses such as Form and Analysis, Counterpoint, Topics in Music Analysis and graduate seminars in music theory. Required courses vary by concentration.

Each year, the university hosts a Contemporary Music Festival, which brings recognized composers and performers to our campus. Recent guests include:

  • Roger Reynolds (2015)
  • JACK Quartet (2015)
  • American Modern Ensemble (2013)
  • Sir Peter Maxwell Davies (2013)
  • Alarm Will Sound (2010)
  • Samuel Adler
  • George Crumb
  • Donald Erb
  • Adolphus Hailstork
  • John Harbison
  • Karel Husa
  • Philip Kennecott
  • Libby Larson
  • David Maslanka
  • Thea Musgrave
  • The New Music Consort
  • Joseph Schwantner
  • Joan Tower
  • George Tsontakis
  • Chinary Ung
  • Chen Yi
Works by JMU Faculty Composers

JMU Wind Symphony performs Fractured Light by Eric Guinivan

Lori Piitz performs Prelude: Hymn and Snowfall by Eric Guinivan

Indiana University Percussion Ensemble performs Ritual Dances by Eric Guinivan

Composition Professors and Instructors

Jason Haney

Jason Haney
Professor, Composition/Theory Area Coordinator
haneyjx@jmu.edu
Contact Information

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