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      Bachelor of Music in Composition 

      Extensive training, access to first-class technology, and dozens of ensembles that will perform your music and test your skills and talent — those are just a few of the reasons Capital is a destination school for composition.

      At Capital, we seek out diversity in all we do. Music is no exception. In our composition program, we value all styles of music, from classical and contemporary to popular, jazz, rock and electronic.

      But that's only the beginning. A well-known-and-respected resident faculty and world-class guest composers add to the lure. In fact, you may be surprised to learn that many members of our faculty are nationally and internationally known composers and arrangers. Google Jim Swearingen, Rocky J. Reuter, Tony Zilincik or Craig Courtney. See what we mean? 

      Add to that the ability to study both traditional and jazz/contemporary techniques within the context of one program, and you have the perfect orchestration for student success. 

      At Capital, we seek out diversity in all we do. Music is no exception. In our composition program, we value all styles of music, from classical and contemporary to popular, jazz, rock and electronic. You'll be encouraged to become fluent in them all to strengthen your own creativity. Extensive training begins on day one of your first year and includes everything from theory and history to orchestration, arranging, audio production and more. And, you will have complete access to the Conservatory's state-of-the-art recording and MIDI-based electronic music studios.

      Best of all, your work will be performed. For a composer, hearing a musician perform your music for the first time — when until then you’ve only heard it in your mind — it’s like completing a thought or punctuating a sentence. With weekly student recitals, composition master classes, student performance recitals, and ensemble rehearsals and concerts, there are almost limitless opportunities to hear your music performed.

      The NOW MUSIC Festival, an annual celebration of contemporary music at Capital University, exposes students to a wide range of living composers and performers and their music. This weeklong event is one of the Midwest's most comprehensive and diverse celebrations of music, composed within the last 10 years. Best of all, it's one more way to jumpstart your career in the world of music composition.

    • Rocky J. Reuter

      In addition to teaching composition at Capital University's Conservatory of Music since 1986, Rocky Reuter has helped shape much of the curriculum within the Conservatory and has held a number of positions, from interim dean of the Conservatory of Music to assistant dean of the Conservatory of Music and School of Communication. 

      As a composer, Reuter is well known both nationally and internationally for his ability to compose music for a vast array of ensembles in a myriad of styles, using varied and unique techniques. He has been commissioned to write special music for three presidential inaugurations, is the recipient of numerous awards in his field and has lectured and performed at numerous festivals and events both in this country and abroad. 

      Reuter is the founder of the NOW Music Festival at Capital University; the MIDI Band, which was established in 1987 as the first all-MIDI ensemble in the nation; and Ensemble Now, a contemporary music and improvisation ensemble.  

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       Tony Zilincik

      Associate Professor Tony Zilincik teaches tuba as well as composition and theory, and he directs the brass choir and Capital Thunder, the University's tuba/euphonium ensemble. A prolific performer, he plays the tuba in the Central Ohio Symphony Orchestra, the Capital Brass quintet, the Cathedral Brass quintet at St. Joseph Cathedral in Columbus, and directs and coordinates Merry TUBACHRISTMAS Columbus. He is also the E-flat tuba soloist with the Brass Band of Columbus and has performed with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra as well as many touring Broadway shows, such as Annie, The Lion King and Mary Poppins. 

      Zilincik is known for his commitment to presenting new music in different ways. In 2012, he joined 200 other musicians to perform his very own Tower Thunder in an 80-foot-tall tower at the Olive Ranch in Geyersville, California. In addition to performing and teaching, Zilincik coordinates Capital's New Music Festival, an annual celebration of contemporary composers. 


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      Sean Beeson recalls his early days at Capital as a place that nurtured his drive to succeed in an area of music that was still being pioneered. Creating music for the gaming industry was uncharted territory at that time, but that didn't stop faculty members from encouraging him to pursue his passion. "They did not try to steer my career," he said. "They knew that I knew what I wanted to do, and they let me take control of my education."

      After graduating in 2007, Sean hit the ground running as a media composer. Today he works from his studio near Mansfield, Ohio, where he creates orchestral scores for films, games and other multimedia. His digital music has been featured in film trailers, including Disney's Alice in Wonderland and Hairspray, numerous shows on cable and network television, and across all game platforms. Accomplished soloists like Grammy Award-winning percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie have performed his compositions, and his piano music has gotten more than 4 million views on YouTube.