The Composition Program at the University of Florida attracts students from around the world with its internationally acclaimed faculty and wealth of performance opportunities for student compositions. Building on its historical foundation in technology, the current program finds strength in diversity with strong emphases in both acoustic and electronic music composition. Degrees are available through the D.M.A. and the Ph.D., and substantial fellowships and assistantships are available to qualified applicants.
The ample performance and recording opportunities at UF are student-led, with student organizations empowered to invite professional performers and ensembles of their choosing. The slate of guest performers for the 2020-21 academic year includes loadbang, Irvine Arditti, the Bold City Contemporary Ensemble, Unheard-of//Ensemble, Transient Canvas, and Icarus Quartet, among others. Available as well are competitive opportunities for large ensemble readings and performances, which has included the University Symphony Orchestra, UF Bands, Jazz Bands, and New Music Ensemble.
Students benefit from visits by distinguished visiting composers to our weekly studio class, including John Corigliano, Phillip Glass, Julia Wolfe, Michael Torke, Jennifer Barker, Michael Gandolfi, Libby Larsen, Lei Liang, Matthew Ricketts, Daniel Asia, Stephen Montague, Mike Frengel, Don Freund, Roger Briggs, Scott McAllister, Daniel Kellogg, Katherina Rosenberger, Cort Lippe, David Gompper, Don Grantham, and Clarence Barlow.
Collaboration is encouraged, facilitated by other programs within the College of the Arts, including the School of Theatre + Dance and the Digital Worlds Institute. Alumni of the program are active in the field, serving as professors in academia, directors of international music festivals, interdisciplinary scholars, researchers, and independent artists.
The University of Florida Theory Program offers master’s level study of music theory, while also serving the School of Music community broadly, enriching the study of performance, composition, and musicology. The M.M. in Theory provides students with the theoretical, analytical, and academic expertise necessary to contribute meaningfully to the field. Students graduating from the program continue on with doctoral work in Theory, Historical Musicology, or Composition.
Strengths of the department include jazz theory, contemporary music, prolongational analysis, and transformational theory. Faculty and students regularly present research in UF’s Musicology Colloquium series, which also features several guest lecturers from leading scholars every year. Theory students also benefit from the many lectures on contemporary music occurring throughout the year through the UF Composition Program. Assistantships in music theory are awarded to qualified applicants.
A wealth of opportunities exist at the University of Florida for students interested in music technology, with courses in music tech and electroacoustic music ranging in level from introductory to advanced. Students composing electroacoustic music will find abundant resources in the state-of-the-art electroacoustic studio facilities and the UnBalanced Connection concert series, which provides performance opportunities each semester. While the School of Music does not offer a degree in music technology, interested students can pursue a composition degree, which incorporates music technology into the curriculum.