Music Performance — Composition Concentration

Program Type
Undergraduate Major
Bachelor of Music (BM)
Modes of Study
Blended;In person

Tuition & fees

Costs include tuition, fees, & other costs such as books. New England residents may qualify for a tuition break. See cost details

Financial aid

On average, 92% of enrolled students who file a FAFSA receive an offer. 91% of offers include scholarships, grants, waiver, and/or work-study. Explore aid

Program duration

Typical completion time: 4 years. Flexible options may save time. Explore options


SAT & ACT scores optional. Audition required. Early action & year-round admissions. View application process & deadlines

Program highlights

  • Gain real-world experience having your music performed through both on-campus and off-campus opportunities located in the heart of Maine’s thriving arts community.
  • Prepare for a career composing music or for continued study in graduate school.
  • Learn from a faculty of nationally and internationally distinguished performers, teachers, scholars, and mentors with experience in a comprehensive range of genres.
  • Develop expertise in modern music technology and build a professional portfolio.
  • Study in a program that is accredited by the National Association of Schools and Music (NASM).
  • Experience performing in Corthell Hall, a historical building that gives students access to practice rooms, recording facilities, as well as rehearsal and performance venues.
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Embracing your creative potential

Students from our composition program have been accepted at the most prestigious graduate programs and have had their work performed throughout the country.

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Faculty of distinguished performers

We offer a personalized and opportunity-based approach to educating musicians, featuring a faculty of distinguished performers (nationally and internationally), teachers, scholars, and mentors with experience in all styles of music.

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Scholarships for Music Performance — Composition majors

We offer Merit Scholarships as well as scholarships specifically for Music Performance majors. Keep in mind that there are deadlines for all scholarship opportunities. Be sure to apply and audition by each respective deadline.

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Our performance season

Attend and engage in our Faculty Concert Series; the Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra; Scholarship Gala; Chamber Singers; University Chorale; Concert Band; our annual musical; opera; ensembles of jazz, vocal jazz, winds, and composers; as well as student recitals, masterclasses, and performances by internationally known guest musicians.

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Program requirements

The composition concentration is for students who wish to pursue careers or graduate study in music composition. You’ll get a thorough understanding of both traditional and contemporary compositional tools that promote discussion surrounding the making of new music in our society today.

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Do you live in New England?

You may be eligible for a reduced tuition rate, as part of the NEBHE Tuition Break Program.

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Talent of the highest caliber

In order to be accepted into the Osher School of Music and join a group of other talented musicians, students must first audition as part of the application process.

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