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Composition

With a stellar faculty and numerous performance opportunities, the composition program at Yale attracts the finest students from around the world. In recent years, YSM composition alumni have won the Pulitzer Prize, Gaudeamus Prize, Nemmers Prize, Grammy Awards, Berlin Prize, Emmy Awards, and honors from ASCAP and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, among many others. Yale graduates have been composers-in-residence with a broad variety of orchestras, festivals, and other organizations.

The program offers the opportunity to explore a rich variety of topics, offering instruction in computer music, recording techniques, and the analysis of tonal and non-tonal music. Composers are also encouraged to continue their work as instrumentalists and conductors.

The New Music New Haven series, which holds six to eight concerts each year, offers frequent opportunities for student works to be performed. One concert each year is dedicated to orchestral compositions by second-year students, played by the Yale Philharmonia. During their two-year residency, composers are expected to produce enough work for a full-length concert.

An exciting component of the composition program is regular visits from distinguished composers, who work with YSM students. Visiting composers in recent years have included George Crumb, Michael Daugherty ’87DMA, Kaija Saariaho, and Steve Reich. Past visiting composers include Louis Andriessen, Lukas Foss, Tania Léon, Nicholas Maw, Poul Ruders, Frederic Rzewski, and Charles Wuorinen.

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