Welcome to the Bowling Green State University Composition Area website! 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 full-time composition faculty members, Christopher Dietz, Mikel Kuehn, Elainie Lillios, and Marilyn Shrude, work well together to foster a supportive, creative environment in which young composers thrive. Our history of excellence spans more than three decades.
BGSU provides composition students with the opportunity to have their music performed through composer forum concerts concerts hosted by our SCI student chapter, Praecepta, and at various other performances hosted by other ensembles. There are no shortage of performance opportunities for composers at BGSU!
Students in the BGSU Composition program are given the opportunity to interact with guest composers and ensembles through a variety of residencies, reading sessions, and the annual New Music Festival hosted by MACCM (MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music ). In past years, guests to the program have included:
Daniel Adams, John Adams, John Luther Adams, Samuel AdlerMichael Albaugh, William Albright, Karim Al-Zand, James Andean, Robert Ashley, Elizabeth R. Austin, Larry Austin, Milton Babbitt, Claude Baker, Marcos Balter, Adam Basanta, Leslie Bassett, Bret Battey, John Beall, Rule Beasely, Eve Beglarian, Derek Bermel, Brian Bevelander, Thomas Beverly, Sebastian Anthony Birch, Braxton Blake, Per Bloland, Bret Bohman, William Bolcom, John Boyle, Jr.Jenni Brandon, Anthony Braxton, Benjamin Broening, Margaret Brouwer, Uzee Brown, Zack Browning, Steven Bryant, Caleb Burhans, Michael J. Burns, John Cage, Andres Carrizo, Evan Chambers, Chin Ting Chan, Enrico Chapela, Pablo Chin, Chen Yi, John Corigliano, Gregory Cornelius, Carson Cooman, Donald Crockett, David Crumb, George Crumb, Sebastian Currier, Joseph Dangerfield, Michael Daugherty, Mario Davidovsky, Anthony Davis, Nathan Davis, Dennis DeSantis, Dante De Silva, Michael Djupstrom, Lori Dobbins, Avner Dorman, William Dougherty, John Drumheller, Paul Drescher, Jairo Duarte-Lopez, Jason Eckardt, Mark Engebretson, Michaela Eremiasova, Kevin Ernste, Tom Flaherty, Lesley Flanigan, John Fitz Rogers, Don Freund, David Froom, James Fry, Mathew Fuerst, Reiko Fueting, Dai Fujikura, Ruby Fulton, Jennifer Blair Furr, Michael Gandolfi, Brad Garton, Philip Glass, John Gibson, Peter Gilbert, Daniel Godfrey, Warren Gooch, Jonathan Graybill, Roger Greive, Murray Gross, Stephen M. Gryc, Edgar Guzman, John Harbison, Matthew Harder, David Harnish, Sean Harold, Louis Harris, Lou Harrison, Jonty Harrison, Adam Haws, Mara Helmuth, Martin Herchenroder, Carolina Heredia, Jeff Herriott, Jennifer Higdon, Robert Honstein, Shane Hoose, Shawn Hundley, Karel Husa, Kurt Isaacson, Takuma Itoh, Pierre Jalbert, Stephen Jaffe, Joshua Jandreau, Art Jarvinen, Derek Johnson, Keith Kirchoff, Amy Beth, Kirsten, Ravi Kittappa, Joseph Klein, William Kleinsasser, Karl Korte, Girard Kratz, Kristin Kuster, Joan La Barbara, Andrea La Rose, David Laganella, David Lang, Paul Lansky, Felipe Lara, Libby Larsen, Hye Kyung Lee, Robert Lemay, John Anthony Lennon, Bin David Li, John Link, David Liptak, Edwin London, Wang Lu, Raymond J. Lustig, Steven Mackey, Carleton Macy, Robert Maggio, Ursula Mamlok, Ingram Marshall,, Octavio Mas-Arocas, Trevor Matthews, Rob McClure, John McCowen, Cindy McTee, Andrew Mead, Marc Mellits, Harold Meltzer, Gregory Mertl, Carlos Michans, Janice Misurell Mitchell, James Mobberley, Eric Moe, Robert Morris, Adrian Moore, Robert Mueller, Erica Muhl, Jeffrey Mumford, Mayke Nas, Eric Nathan, Gary Nelson, Jonathan Newman, Jeffrey Nytch, Seung-Ah Oh, Pauline Oliveros, Wayne Oquin, John Orfe, Thomas Osborne, Tony Payne, Tristan Perich, Mark Phillips, Narong Prangcharoen, William Price, Bob Pritchard, Frank Proto ,Kevin Puts, Jason Quick, Shulamit Ran, Bernard Rands, Andrea Reinkemeyer, Carrie Richmond, Steven Ricks, Terry Riley, Andrew Rindfleisch, Martin Rokeach,Neil Rolnick, John Ross, Christopher Rouse, Dean Roush, Timothy Roy, Huang Ruo, Bill Ryan, Frederic Rzewski, Robert Samels, Evis Sammoutis, Greg Sandow, Gunther Schuller, Allan Schindler, Joseph Schwantner, Elliott Schwartz,Cleve Scott,Vache Sharafia, Judith Shatin, Allen Shearer, Yiwen Shen,Bright Sheng, Laurence Sherr, Andrew E. Simpson, Robert T. Smith, David Smooke, Steven Snowden, Harvey Sollberger, Frederick Speck, Elizabeth Start, John Stevens, Carl Stone, Ryan Streber, Steven Stucky, Timothy Stulman, Nathan Stumpff, Morton Subotnick, Peter V. Swendsen, Benjamin Taylor, Peter Terry, Robert Scott Thompson, Joan Tower, Aaron Travers, Augusta Read Thomas, Scott Unrein, Vladimir Ussachevsky, Mary Jeanne Van Appledorn, Nils Vigeland, Kevin Walczyk, Ashley Fu-Tsun Wang, Meira Warshauer, Symeon Waseen, Dan Welcher, Philip Wharton, Greg Wilder, Amy Williams, Marcus Williams, Donald M. Wilson, Robert Yamasato, Xiaogang YePaul Yoon, John Young, Evan Ziporyn, Paul Martin Zonn, Adam Zygmunt