24 months
24983 USD/year
13193 USD/year
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Composition (Classical) programme of Purchase College SUNY presents a balanced curriculum designed to prepare students of composition for contemporary life in the field, along with imparting a keen awareness of the timeless qualities of great music.


The curriculum of Composition (Classical) programme of Purchase College SUNY  includes four years of individual lessons in composition; class studies in theory, solfège, keyboard studies, counterpoint, orchestration, analysis, and timbre synthesis; and seminars with other composers. There are ample opportunities for students to have works performed and recorded in the program’s concerts and recitals. In addition, juniors, seniors, and graduate students annually present recitals of their works.

Key facts

For students interested in electronic music, the well-equipped studios in the conservatory provide an excellent opportunity to explore in depth this vital aspect of music, using the latest computer technology. Students interested in composing for film, dance, or theatre are encouraged to form interactive relationships with students majoring in those disciplines.

Each composition student is expected and encouraged to make significant progress in composing for all conventional genres and to master composition skills for all the orchestral instruments, piano, and vocal music, as well as unconventional combinations and mixed media. In addition, students are encouraged to develop an original compositional voice and to think seriously along new theoretical lines.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Private Study: Composition
  • Purchase New Music
  • Research and Writing for the Modern Musician
  • Music theory/analysis elective
  • Master’s Recital: Classical
  • Music history elective

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


42 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

Purchase does not require scores from the SAT or ACT exam (with exceptions), though applicants are given the option to submit them. It is recommended that test scores be submitted only if it is believed to benefit the application. For applicants who are considering submitting scores, we typically prefer the following:

  • SAT: 1170 total score; minimum Reading score of 24 
  • ACT: 24 Composite
Students who are required to submit test scores include:
  • Applicants who are homeschooled
  • International students, who will need to provide a TOEFL score
  • Applicants who attended secondary schools that provide only narrative evaluations rather than some form of grading scale

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    24983 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 24983 USD per year during 24 months.
  • National

    13193 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13193 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for New York City

1819 - 3968 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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