What You’ll Learn
The undergraduate degree in music composition at Ohio University is a comprehensive program. In addition to offering specialized training in music composition, the degree provides students with the strong, well-rounded education in music required to achieve success as a composer.
- Students have the opportunity to hear their music read, performed, and recorded by School of Music ensembles as well as guest ensembles that have recently included Trio Fibonacci, Quince Ensemble, Patchwork Duo, Tower Duo, and Transient Canvas. sOUndings concerts (composition department recitals) provide valuable opportunities for young composers to hear their chamber music performed as well as learn the skills to organize their own performances.
- Students will interact with a diverse array of guest composers every year in live and virtual visits. Recent composers include Shih-Hui Chen, Kurt Stallmann, Jennifer Jolley, Patrick Chan, Evan Williams, Matthew Evan Taylor, Jamie Leigh Sampson, and many more.
- The electronic music curriculum will give students the skills to be a 21st century composer and realize their ideas for sound in fixed and live interactive compositions using electronics. The School of Music houses the Music Technology Lab and Surround Sound Lab which give students access to the two primary software programs taught, Logic and Max/MSP in addition to a host of plugins from GRM Tools and other developers. The Music Technology Lab is a 12-station space with each station equipped with a 20” iMac, midi keyboard, and software. The Surround Sound Lab features an 8.1 JBL speaker array, Yamaha TF3 Digital Mixer, a 27” iMac, 10 channel Tascam interface, midi keyboard, Røde, Shure, and SE microphones, no-input mixers, and a Moog theremin. We host 2-4 concerts of electronic music per year in our CLICK concert series that often features guest performers and composers allow students to hear the most recent and exciting music in the genre.
- Students will collaborate across different artistic disciplines with other students in film, dance, and creative writing. In addition, students will have the opportunity to have their compositions recorded by students working in the School of Media Arts Recording Studio.
Composition majors can continue on to graduate school if they wish to pursue a teaching career in higher education and academia. However, students will learn about other career opportunities related to commercial music, film music, video game music, music publishing, and being a freelance composer.
Want to Hear Our Music?
You can visit the Ohio University Composition’s Soundcloud to hear compositions by current and recent composition majors.
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Applying to the Program
All students who seek admission to Ohio University with a major in Music must audition. The audition is for both admission and talent-based scholarship decisions. Composition majors are also encouraged to submit a portfolio of original compositions or arrangements (pdf, mp3) directly to Dr. Robert McClure via email.
Connect with Us
If you'd like more information about the music composition program, reach out to Dr. Robert McClure.
Robert McClure’s music attempts to discover beauty in unconventional places using non-traditional means. Visual art, poetry, the natural world, neurological and mathematical concepts are all elements that influence McClure’s works. His work has been featured at festivals including NYCEMF, the Beijing Modern Music Festival, the Toronto International Electroacoustic Symposium, SEAMUS, IDRS, ISCM, and ICMC.
His works may be found through ADJ·ective New Music LLC, Bachovich Music Publications, Imagine Music Publications, Innovative Percussion, Media Press, Inc., Resolute Music Publications, and Tapspace Publications as well as on the ABLAZE, Albany, and New Focus Record labels.
In addition to his composition activities, Robert is the host/producer of the ADJ·ective New Music podcast, Lexical Tones; a weekly conversation with a guest composer, performer, and/or artist creating new works of contemporary art/music that focuses on aesthetics, technique, process, meaning, perception, and the musical origins of the featured guest. The podcast can be found on iTunes and Soundcloud.
Robert received his doctorate from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University where his primary mentors were Shih-Hui Chen, Arthur Gottschalk, and Kurt Stallmann.
Robert has previously held positions at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and Soochow University in Suzhou, China. He currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Composition/Theory at Ohio University.
For more information, please visit www.robertwmcclure.com
André Gribou has composed for and collaborated with many nationally and internationally known artists in the creation of works for documentaries, video, dance, and theater. Artists that he has collaborated with have included Mark Haim, Chris Aiken, Peter Bingham, Mark Dendy, Douglas Neilson, David Parsons, Margaret Beals, Nusha Martynuk and Carter McAdams, Lenora Champagne and the Lark String Quartet. In 2012, he received, in collaboration with Eric Arvai, the Emmy Award for Musical Score for the soundtrack to the documentary David Hostetler: The Last Dance. Previous Emmy nominations include the theme music for the WCBS-TV NFL Today Preview and the documentary PassionWorks: The Story of Flying. He also composed the soundtrack for the Emmy award-winning documentary Wandering Souls: Tet 68. In 2003, he scored the NASA-TV project Water for Tea, which received the top prize at the Communicator Awards: the Crystal Award for Excellence and the Award of Distinction for Original Music. He composed the soundtrack for NASA’s Footprints, the first movie created for the Science on a Sphere format, which was cited by Time magazine as one of the Best Inventions of 2006. He recently completed the soundtrack for Loop, the newest movie to be created in this new format.
As a pianist, his performance venues have included Lincoln Center, The United Nations, and The American New Music Consortium. In 1997, André Gribou and choreographer/dancer Mark Haim performed the world premiere of their duet The Goldberg Variations at The American Dance Festival. Since the premiere, Gribou and Haim have performed The Goldberg Variationsthroughout the United States and abroad, including sold-out performances at the Kennedy Center; the Center for the Contemporary Arts in Yekaterinburg, Russia; and the Seoul Dance Festival in Korea. For the 2000-2002 seasons, they presented The Goldberg Variations as part of the Lincoln Center Institute Arts in Education Program. In 2003, Gribou was invited by the Lincoln Center Institute to present a solo piano program: Time Travel with the Virtuoso Keyboard. Reflecting his many musical interests, he performs with the Latin Jazz sextet, Los Viejos Blanquitos, and his improvisation duo with percussionist Roger Braun. Performances this past year included performing with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company in Copenhagen, Denmark.
André Gribou holds degrees from the Hartt School of Music and The Juilliard School. He has served as Music Director of the Ohio University School of Dance and joined the Ohio University School of Music Piano, Composition, and General Studies faculty in the fall of 2004. In 1998, 2004 and 2010 he was selected for inclusion in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers. For the past five years, his course on The History of Rock Music has won “Best Class at Ohio University” as part of the Athens News “Best of Athens” Readers Choice Awards. During his tenure at Ohio University, Mr. Gribou has received numerous University grants and two Ohio Arts Council Individual Fellowship Awards for Music Composition. He was on the faculty at The American Dance Festival from 1994 to 2005. Previous to joining the Ohio University faculty, André served on the faculties of The Juilliard School, Trinity College, New York University, and the United Nations International School.