The Department of Music at Georgia Southern University offers degrees at the undergraduate and graduate levels for students who wish to pursue studies in music composition. The Bachelor and Master of Music in Composition degrees are designed for students interested in writing contemporary concert or art music.

The undergraduate degree in composition includes an introductory class followed by six semesters of individual instruction, and a weekly forum in which students of all levels present their works and receive feedback from their peers and the faculty. Throughout the curriculum, students work with a variety of performance forces that range from solo performer, to chamber ensembles, to orchestra and concert band. Senior students are also required to collaborate with colleagues from other Departments and disciplines within the university, in order to create an interdisciplinary work. The products of all these works are generally presented at the New Music at Southern concert series.

For information on the program please contact Program Director Dr. Martín Gendelman.

 Graduate Program

The M.M. in Composition allows students to work extensively with a teacher/mentor in broadening their portfolio of compositions in a variety of genres and styles. Students take supporting courses in music technology, advanced analysis, and the history of music. The capstone is a full solo recital involving many different types of soloists, ensembles, and media. Students may elect to do considerable work in the Department’s Electronic and Digital Music Studio.


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Composition Faculty
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Gendelman Gendelman, Martin Dr. Assistant Professor
Head, Music Theory and Composition Area
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Thompson Thompson, John Dr. Associate Professor
Head, Music Technology Area


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Last updated: 9/6/2016