For six decades, the UB Department of Music has enjoyed a unique reputation for dedication to the highest level of contemporary musical creation. Home to the Robert and Carol Morris Center for 21st-Century Music – a UB 2020 designated Center of Excellence – Composition flourishes today by providing a wide range of world-class musical and intellectual experiences.
Undergraduate students interested in Composition are encouraged to pursue a BA in Music and adopt Composition as their advisement track.
Our program offers students the space to mature and evolve. In an atmosphere that encourages musical and technological experimentation, cross-disciplinary collaboration, and the development of authentic creative character, graduate composers at UB take advantage of a wide range of resources and opportunities:
We showcase student compositions in a variety of venues, made possible through the Birge-Cary Chair in Music, the Center for 21st Century Music, and private donors:
Our diverse and dynamic graduate student body features composers, theorists, musicologists and performers from six continents who boast an extensive list of awards and accomplishments. The students and recent alumni of the Composition department have had works performed by some of the most well-known contemporary music specialists in the US and abroad; to name but a few:
Our illustrious recent alumni include Aaron Cassidy, Evan Johnson, Derek Charke, Rodney Sharman, Diana Soh, Robert Phillips, Nathan Heidelberger, Joseph Lake, Matt Sargent, Weijun Chen, Chikashi Miyami, and many, many others. Current students continue to receive highly regarded national and international awards in composition ranging from the Druckman Prize at Aspen, through Tanglewood Fellowships, Fulbrights, residency awards at Schloss Solitud, and many others. The Composition department is regularly represented at such prestigious courses, residencies, and festivals as:
The composition faculty is comprised of internationally-recognized composers and musicians committed to preparing UB students for careers in music. The department's low student-teacher ratio ensures that students receive a high degree of individual instruction and supervision.
SUNY Distinguished Professor; Director, Morris Center for 21st-Century Music; Director, June in Buffalo Festival; Artistic Director, Slee Sinfonietta; Composition Unit Coordinator; Co-Director, UB Creative Arts Initiative; Birge-Cary Chair in Music Composition
Department of Music
116 Slee Hall
Phone: (716) 645-0658
All visiting composers, performers, ensembles and lecturers are sponsored by the Birge-Cary Chair in Music, the Dean's Office, the UB College of Arts and Sciences, the Robert and Carol Morris Center for 21st Century Music, the Music Department General Fund and Music Lecture Series.