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Professor and Chair of Composition Stephen Hartke discusses his piece "Meanwhile," for which he won a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Classical Composition in 2013. Photo credit: Yvette Chen ’16
Program Type:
  • Major
  • Minor
  • Bachelor of Music (BM)

Our Composition Program trains aspiring composers to hone their skills at presenting their musical ideas as clearly and efficiently as possible through written notation, and to expand their creativity by examining a wide variety of music and embracing all eras. Student composers present and perform their works through formal student recitals as well as informal gigs in student venues around campus.

Program Director

Stephen Hartke

Professor of Composition
Division Affiliation
Contact

Jeanne Rosecrans

Administrative Assistant (440) 775-8297
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The conservatory provides opportunities for composition majors like Matthew Chamberlain ’13, MM ’14 to present their original works with a performance ensemble. Photo credit: Yevhen Gulenko

Student Composers Concerts

Composition students have many opportunities to share their original works via competitions, recitals, student composers concerts, and with such student ensembles as the Oberlin Chamber Orchestra. Some students may even take the baton, guiding a performance ensemble through one of their original compositions.

Upcoming Composition Events

Sample Courses

  • COMP 010 - Composition Workshop 1
  • COMP 201 - Composition Class I 4
  • COMP 350 - Composition Seminar 4

Composition News

Beauty Amid the Brutality

August 31, 2018
Cross-campus collaboration celebrates artistic master works and hidden gems made in the shadow of WWI.