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The Composition major prepares students with the foundation for a life in composition. With an orchestration focus, students prepare music to be performed by various campus ensembles, as well as in a capstone senior recital.

Fall 2021 undergraduate start date: August 30, 2021

At a glance

Programmatic Credits


Standard Completion Time:

4 yrs


Why Study Composition?

The Music Composition program offers students the opportunity to explore the possibilities of their own unique compositional voice with expert and professional guidance. Specialty coursework includes Advanced Orchestration, Counterpoint, and Vocal Arranging. Students are able to have their works performed by collegiate ensembles and groups. The degree prepares an individual to work in the professional music world.

Why Study Composition at Cairn?

  • Excellent Faculty
  • Student performances of compositions by our many ensembles
  • Emphasis on music technology

Career Paths

  • Composers
  • Variety of Graduate Schools
  • College Professors
  • Music Directors at Churches

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At a glance

Program Credits


Standard Completion Time

4 yrs

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