Welcome to Composition at CU-Boulder! We offer undergraduate and graduate degrees, with many of our students commissioned to create works for faculty and local musicians. For more information on our degree programs, see below.
Our faculty bring with them years of experience as award-winning, active composers. In addition, each year we host an impressive variety of guest composers and performers. Recent guests have included George Crumb, William Bolcam, Leslie Bassett, John Harbison, Joan Tower, Judith Bettina, Skin & Bones, Michael Daugherty, Roger Reynolds and many others.
Pendulum New Music
Student compositions are regularly performed on the Pendulum New Music series. Pendulum presents the best of new music with CU faculty and students and first-class guest artists. Monthly concerts take place on Wednesdays in Grusin Music Hall, with special events in the ATLAS Blackbox Theater and other venues. Read more here.
Boulder Laptop Orchestra (BLOrk)
The Boulder Laptop Orchestra (BLOrk) integrates technology with improvisers in an ensemble setting providing live interaction between the two. Compositions by students and faculty explore the application of traditional sound processing technology as well as the integration of powerful programming languages such as MAX, Jitter and Super Collider. Read more here.
Students have a variety of other opportunities to compose or arrange music, from small chamber groups to faculty-conducted large ensembles. For more information about these groups, please visit the Ensembles page.
Still have unanswered questions about Composition at the University of Colorado Boulder? Visit our FAQ page for more information.
Chair, Composition Studies
Associate Professor of Composition
Erismann Faculty Fellow
Director, Entrepreneurship Center for Music
Assistant Professor of Composition
Instructor, Composition and Music Technology
Director, Pendulum New Music Series