- Our faculty members are practicing composers, producers, and performers
- Study at the nation’s ONLY comprehensive, professional school of music within a women’s liberal arts college
- Our remarkably low student/teacher ratio ensures ongoing personal interaction with faculty
- Explore unique, interdisciplinary courses and honors classes
Do you dream of hearing your original music brought to life by talented performers? Would you like to be able to compose anything from a piano etude to an orchestral film score? Do you want to live a life filled with musical creativity?
Consider a career in Composition, the process of creating new and original music.
- Bachelor of Music in Composition
Create Your Own Music–And Your Own Ensemble
At Converse, students can create their own ensembles centered on their interests. Want to write a piece for flute, oboe, and xylophone and get it performed? Go for it–the sky’s the limit! You’ll earn ensemble credit while developing relationships with fellow student musicians who will be part of your musical network for life.
The Annual Pajama Concert
One of Converse’s beloved traditions is the annual Pajama Concert featuring Converse composers and friends. Student and faculty composers, performers and friends wear their favorite jammies for an evening of original music written and performed by Converse’s own. Many styles of music are represented from classical to electronica to singer/songwriter.
A Bachelor of Music (BM) in Composition emphasizes the creation of music. As a composition major, you will take private lessons in composition for all four years of your program, in which you will focus on developing aural and analytical skills, composition techniques, expanding your unique creative instincts, and discovering your own compositional voice. You will also develop self-knowledge, a historical understanding, and a better appreciation of your own creative voice. As a composition student, you will develop composition skills and gain an in-depth understanding of history, theory and literature.
In your senior year, you will present a recital of original works, and have the opportunity to present an Honors Thesis.
- Composition Lessons
- Diverse Cultures and Their Music
- Principles of Harmony
- Electronic Music
- 20th-Century Idioms
- Piano Class
- Music History
- Fundamentals of Conducting
What are common careers in Composition?
- Freelance Composer
- FIlm and Video Composer
- Music Teacher
What are Composition alumni doing?
- King’s College, London
- Florida State University
- Assistant Professor of Music Theory and Composition, Montana State University
- Worship Leader & Songwriter, International House of Prayer Jacksonville
- Composer, Music Teacher and Commonwealth Music Ambassador
- Self-Employed Singer-Songwriter and Composer
Professor Graff Releases New Music
Assistant Professor of Piano and Steinway Artist, Professor Steven Graff, released a CD of new piano music by composer John Carbon on Britain’s Convivium Records with Naxos worldwide distribution. The …
Petrie and Lawson Academy Students Have Major Wins at NATS Auditions
Converse singers from the School of Music and the Lawson Academy competed at the spring classical music South Carolina National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) auditions held at Furman …
Year Begins with New Leadership, Inspiration, and Community Spirit
President Newkirk officially opened the 2016-2017 academic year by giving her first address to her new Converse family during Opening Convocation on Sept. 23. Student Government Association president Ariel Wingard …