Our vibrant new music program, combined with an internationally renowned faculty and excellent facilities makes the BGSU composition program one of the most visible and thriving in the country. Our four talented and diverse full-time composition faculty members work well together to foster a supportive, creative environment in which young composers can thrive. Our history of excellence and notoriety spans more than three decades.
The College of Musical Arts offers Graduate and Undergraduate degrees in music composition. Admission is by audition. Majors receive a weekly private lesson and attend a bi-weekly seminar. Works are regularly performed in Student Composers’ Forums. Numerous guest artists visit the campus and present lectures and give private lessons.
In the 1980s, our faculty and administration established the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music (MACCM) – one of the chief sponsors of contemporary music in America today. Through MACCM we host an annual New Music Festival featuring live performances of select works of some 20-30 guest composers, along with a highly regarded main guest composer. Begun in 1980, the festival has included the following featured guests: John Adams, Samuel Adler, Milton Babbitt, William Bolcom, Anthony Braxton, John Cage, Chen Yi, John Corigliano, George Crumb, Mario Davidovsky, Anthony Davis, Philip Glass, John Harbison, Lou Harrison, Karel Husa, Joan La Barbara, David Lang, Paul Lansky, Robert Morris, Pauline Oliveros, Shulamit Ran, Bernard Rands, Terry Riley, Christopher Rouse, Frederic Rzewski, Gunther Schuller, Joseph Schwantner, Bright Sheng, Steven Stucky, Morton Subotnick, Joan Tower, and Vladimir Ussachevsky. The Festival is a wonderful meeting of the minds, and provides our students with a chance to hear new works, as well as the opportunity to socialize and exchange ideas with many of our country’s leading and emerging composers. Our students are included annually in the New Music festival via BGSU’s annual Competitions in Music Performance Composition Competition, whose winner is awarded a performance of his/her work on the following year’s New Music Festival. (Please see http://www.bgsu.edu/colleges/music/MACCM/ for more information on MACCM's history and activities.)