We seek artists who are looking to expand their knowledge and experiences in sound, regardless of whether they have a music degree or formal education in music—including:
- songwriters, commercial musicians, producers and interdisciplinary artists seeking to expand their craft in new and innovative directions;
- concert music composers and performers seeking to expand their expression in new directions;
- electronic musicians seeking new tools and pathways for expression; and
- musicians who may not have written for live instruments, but who want to develop that skill.
We support these artists through:
- access to instrumental and electronic resources including orchestras, professional guest ensembles in residence, BLOrk (Boulder Laptop Orchestra), Boulder Altitude Directive ensemble, wind ensembles, choirs, jazz musicians and more;
- close collaboration with the ATLAS Institute, an interdisciplinary institute for radical creativity and invention;
- coursework in Electronic Music Production, Max/MSP, Supercollider, Orchestration, Electronic and Acoustic Instrument Design, Brain-Body Music Interfaces, Theory, Musicology, Deep Listening, Recording and music-related topics across campus including theatre, dance, filmmaking, etc.;
- access to performance and recording spaces such as the B2 Center for Media, Arts & Performance and numerous in-house concert venues;
- access to non-Western music ensembles including our West African Highlife Ensemble, Japanese Ensemble, Latin American Ensemble and Gamelan Ensemble;
- the composition department’s very own contemporary music concert series—CU Boulder SoundWorks;
- paid commissions for students to create new works for various performing ensembles;
- opportunities to write fully-staged scenes for the CU New Opera Workshop (CU NOW); and
- a supportive, creative environment of students and faculty making their own unique music and projects in a gorgeous setting.