About the Composition Program at Frost School of Music

The University of Miami Frost School of Music offers a wide palette of degree paths in music composition, digital arts and sound design, film scoring, media writing, jazz composition, songwriting and more.

Known for its aesthetic diversity and openness to the wide variety of options existing in the ever-changing and progressive world of composition, the Frost School of Music’s Department of Music Theory and Composition has had a long tradition of distinguished faculty and students. Many of its composers have been actively engaged in the field through important performances of the their works, awards, commissions, recordings and participation in professional societies/ networks. Many have gone on to teach at other institutions. This tradition attests to the dynamic and stimulating learning environment that has been fostered and nurtured by a caring and devoted faculty.

Higher Learning in Paradise


Our Faculty boasts advanced degrees from Harvard, Yale, Frost, University of Illinois, Indiana University and Oberlin. They bring both great experience and stylistic breath to an environment uniquely suited towards exploring many compositional paths.

There are three degree areas of study within the Department:

Music Theory and Composition (MTC), where we offer Bachelor of Music (B.M.), Master of Music (M.M). and Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.)

Media Writing and Production (MWP) where students may pursue both B.M. and M.M degrees, and

Digital Arts and Sound Design where graduate students may earn a M.M.

Additionally the department offers comprehensive courses in electronic music which are open to all students within the school of music. All this within one of the most vibrant and energetic cities in the world!

Concerts of New Music

The Department presents on average four concerts per semester featuring either faculty or student works. Festival Miami, a month-long music festival presented by the Frost School of Music and now in its third decade, often highlights faculty works and presents an Emerging Composers concert devoted to student works.The S.C.I. student chapter presents three concerts each year.


Rich Chwastiak performing “Rus” by faculty member Scott Stinson

Nearby concerts by the celebrated “New World Symphony” led by Michael Tilson Thomas offer a significant opportunity for hearing new music. Recent seasons have included performances, as well as appearances by such significant composers as John Adams, Thomas Ades, James McMillian, Kaija Saariaho, James Mackey, and Michael Daugherty; just to name a few. On campus ensembles including the Frost Symphony, Wind Ensemble, Percussion ensemble as well as the “Other music ensemble” present a vast array of new and contemporary works each year.