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Composition Major
  • A unique opportunity awaits the student composer at Capital. Within the context of one program, composition majors study techniques from the traditional as well as the jazz/contemporary perspective.

    Students learn by studying with nationally -- and internationally - known composers and arrangers who are part of the resident faculty, and with individuals who visit the campus to present lectures, demonstrations and commissioned works.

    While earning a bachelor of music degree in composition, students receive extensive training in all aspects of the field, including jazz and electronic composition, music theory and history, counterpoint, orchestration, arranging and music business. All of this plus the added advantage that composition students have complete access to the conservatory's state-of-the-art recording and MIDI-based electronic music studios.


    Each year, outstanding student compositions are featured at the NOW MUSIC Festival at Capital University. This annual celebration of contemporary music has been going on since Fall 1987 and includes regional, national and international composers and performers.

    Finally, the excellent and varied conservatory ensembles provide a fantastic opportunity for student composers to try out their ideas.


    Download the 4-year course plan for the composition major (PDF).


    Course requirements for all majors and minors can be found in our online course bulletin.  

    Composition Area Faculty

    • Rocky J. Reuter, Head of Composition Area
    • Lou Fischer
    • Dina Lentsner
    • Mark Lochstampfor
    • Stan Smith
    • Vera Stanojevic
    • James Swearingen
    • Tony Zilincik