Overview

The Bachelor of Music in composition provides intensive musical training through courses in theory and comprehensive musicianship, forms and analysis, counterpoint, orchestration, electronic music, and private study in composition.

Fast Facts
  • Composition students have their works performed by both student and professional ensembles, on and off campus
  • More than 25% of students perform in music ensembles
  • Trinity is an All-Steinway Campus, featuring 44 Steinway pianos
  • More than a dozen ensembles open to all majors and disciplines
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What You'll Study

Show off your personality through music composition


Faculty

Music to your ears

The Bachelor of Music in composition provides intensive musical training through courses in theory and comprehensive musicianship, forms and analysis, counterpoint, orchestration, electronic music, and private study in composition.

David Heller
David Heller, D.M.A.
Department Chair
Professor
Brian Bondari, D.M.A.
Associate Professor
Joseph Kneer, D.M.A.
Assistant Professor
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Carl Leafstedt, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Chia-Wei Lee, D.M.A.
Associate Professor
Jacquelyn Matava, D.M.
Assistant Professor
Kimberlyn Montford
Kimberlyn Montford, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
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N. Seth Nelson
Collaborative Pianist
Gary Seighman, D.M.A.
Associate Professor/Director of Choral Activities
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James Worman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Student Opportunities

Humming with opportunities on campus, in San Antonio, and around the world

“I cannot tell you how much I have grown from when I started with Dr. Bondari to now. You can always get better, but now I see myself as a composer whereas before I was just a person who wrote music.” - Caileen Tallant ’16

Scholarships

Music scholarships range from $1,500 - $10,000 per year and are renewable annually based on a successful audition, continued full-time enrollment, and...

Research Opportunities

Students find ways to weave music into research for other disciplines.

Study Abroad

From China to Austria, students perform around the world, fully immersing themselves in the very regions from which their music originates. Learning...

Service-Learning

Students frequently join forces with local musical ensembles, performing alongside professionals in world-famous places such as the Tobin Center for...

Spaces and Facilities

Students perform inside stunning facilities on campus, such as the Smith Music Building, Laurie Auditorium, and  Margarite Parker Chapel. Trinity is...

Student Organizations

Students can join various choral and instrumental ensembles that perform on campus and around the world. Two a cappella groups serenade campus every...

Student Awards and Recognition

Pi Kappa Lambda recognizes outstanding achievements of music students pursuing a Bachelor of Music or a Bachelor of Arts with a major in music...

Lecture Series and Annual Events

Stieren Arts Enrichment Series

Through the Stieren Arts Enrichment Series, Trinity regularly hosts an array of world-class musicians on residency...


When You Graduate

Key to Success

Students leave Trinity with padded portfolios that measure up to opportunities you’d typically only find for graduate students at larger universities. Their compositions are performed by Trinity and professional ensembles, giving them hands-on experience with the entire composition process from start to finish.

Careers

The music composition degree prepares students for either advanced graduate study or professional work. Recent graduates have gone on for further study, often with fellowships, at institutions such as Indiana University, the New England Conservatory, and the University of Michigan.

Graduate Schools or Programs:

  • Indiana University
  • New England Conservatory
  • University of Kansas
  • University of Michigan

Career Areas:

  • Electronic music
  • Music business
  • Music management
  • Music production
  • Radio broadcasting
  • Songwriting

     


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