B.A.D. rehearsal

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. 

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 Bolcom, Leslie Bassett, John Harbison, Joan Tower, Judith Bettina, Skin & Bones, Michael Daugherty, Roger Reynolds and many others.

What is the student experience like?

Undergraduate composition student Jack Gaffney had this to say about his time studying abroad:

After having recently taken a semester away from the CU College of Music to study music composition in Sydney, Australia, I’m left with a new sense of perspective. I now understand how special our College of Music is. The professors at CU care so deeply about their students and it translates directly into student success both during their studies and beyond. The CU College of Music fills me with nothing but pride.

Due to limited space in the Composition department, we will be unable to accept any new doctoral applicants for Fall 2021 enrollment (we will still be accepting applications to the MM in Composition). This is a temporary constraint, and it is our hope that we will be able to accept new DMA applicants for Fall 2022 enrollment.