Build the foundation for a life in composition, learning the skills to craft music well and the knowledge to work in the professional music field.

Why Composition?

Studying Composition gives you the opportunity to explore your own unique compositional voice with expert and professional guidance. Specialty coursework includes Advanced Orchestration, Counterpoint, and Vocal Arranging. Hear your works performed by collegiate ensembles and groups throughout your degree, and get prepared to work in the professional music world.


Why Composition at Cairn?

  • Learn in an interdisciplinary program within a biblical, Christian context
  • Develop under the direction of faculty who are accomplished musicians and educators
  • Create works that are performed by Cairn music ensembles
  • Gain a knowledge of music technology
  • Take part in the vibrant music cultures of Philadelphia (30 minutes away) and NYC (just over an hour away)


Career Paths

  • Composer
  • College professor
  • Church music director
  • Further graduate study