Ohio University

Music Composition

Masters of Music in Composition

What You'll Learn

The graduate degree program in music composition at Ohio University offers specialized training in music composition complemented by a well-balanced, advanced education in music history and theory, as well as orchestration and electronic/computer music.

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The School of Music has a first-rate electronic and computer music program centered around a mutil-station lab and a surround sound studio equipped with a dual processor Apple G5 Powermac. Each workstation in the lab is equipped with a new 20" screen G5 iMac, a MIDI keyboard, and a variety of commercial and custom software and is available for student use about 80 hours a week. The surround sound studio is available for advanced student projects. 

Areas of Focus Include

Three semesters of private study are required for the master's degree in composition, but most students take advantage of the opportunity to enroll in composition as an elective whenever their schedules permit. The degree culminates with a composition thesis -- a large scale musical work -- and a composition recital.

Applying to the Program

In addition to completing the standard application for admission to the university, applicants to the master's degree program in composition are required to submit a portfolio of scores and recordings that best demonstrate their ability as a composer. They must also include a short essay in which they discuss their career goals as a composer and why they are interested in pursuing a master's degree in composition.

Graduate Degree Audition Requirements

Please refer to the Graduate Application/Audition page for specific information.

Music Composition Faculty

If you'd like more information about the music composition program, reach out to Dr. Rob McClure, area chair.

Dr. Rob McClure
Chair, Composition
(740) 596-6449

Andre Gribou
Professor of Piano/Composition/General Studies

Dr. Mark W. Phillips
Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Music Composition & Electronic Music