The IonSound Project, the music department's ensemble-in-residence, gives a concert of works by graduate student composers each spring. Residencies by other professional new music ensembles, in conjunction with the department's new music series Music on the Edge, provide additional opportunities for the reading and recording of student works.
We offer a master degree in Composition and Theory at the University of Pittsburgh. The University of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra also frequently performs students' works. Each year the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's Composer-of-the-Year chooses one local student work to be read by the Orchestra. Department of Music facilities include a well-equipped electroacoustic music studio, and professional quality live recordings are made during performances in Bellefield Hall Auditorium.
Because of the nature of the program, our student composers can also experiment with intercultural composition, incorporating non-Western instruments or musics. Most students also pursue interests in some facet of historical musicology or ethnomusicology, and some participate in our Western and non-Western performance organizations.
- MA Thesis
- Music in Africa
- Music in Latin America
- Music in East Asia
- Music in Southeast Asia
- Music in South Asia
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before
DisciplinesMusic Music Composition View 231 other Masters in Music Composition in United States
- Application form and $75 application fee.
- Statement of purpose, an essay of about two pages that describes the applicant's academic background and professional goals.
- Undergraduate and graduate transcripts from all higher education institutions attended.
- CV or Resumé.
- Three letters of recommendation, preferably by persons who have taught the applicant in subjects related to the four research subdisciplines, rather than in performance lessons.
- GREs are no longer required by the Department of Music .
- Samples of work.
International42324 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 42324 USD per year during 24 months.
National42324 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 42324 USD per year during 24 months.
In-State24962 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 24962 USD per year during 24 months.
Part-time: LOCAL: $1,003 per credit NATIONAL/INTERNATIONAL: $1,728 per credit
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