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Create the new classics

Learn to compose tomorrow's classics in our music composition major.

Get the thrill of hearing your work performed live during your first year. We hold a composers' concert each semester devoted to student-created work.

Our music department is collaborative yet competitive, pushing you to grow as a musician and composer.

You'll explore a variety of musical styles, conduct student ensembles and become well-versed in music literature and theory.

We're one of a few undergraduate-only institutions to offer a music composition degree program. It's small and selective, giving you plenty of chances to work one-on-one with faculty who are experienced educators and active performers.

Be ready for graduate school

Although music composition is one of our newest degrees, it's already thriving. In fact, one of our first graduates is studying at the famed Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University.

You'll be more than ready to go to graduate school and then onto a career as a composer, arranger or teacher of composition.

Graduates have gone on to graduate school at:

University of Florida
University of Southern Maine
Stony Brook University
University of North Texas
Boston University
Cincinnati Conservatory of Music
Drexel University
Eastman School of Music
Indiana University
University of Michigan
New England Conservatory of Music
Northwestern University
Peabody Institute of Music
Pennsylvania State University
Temple University
Yale University

Graduates have gone on to jobs at:

Milton Area High School
Temple University
Widener University
Atonement Lutheran Church
Staats Operette Dresden
University of North Texas College of Music
South Shore Symphony Orchestra
Pinellas Youth Symphony
University of Connecticut
Loyalsock Township School District
Stone Hill Middle School
Jumoke Academy Charter Schools
Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts
Utah Opera

Bachelor of Music in Composition. Music students who desire a specialized emphasis in composing original works may choose this degree option. Accepted majors must possess skill in a standard performance area and also demonstrate potential as composers through a portfolio of notated works. Students explore a wide variety of musical styles with an emphasis on understanding compositional techniques that may be less familiar to them, such as those of 20th-century art music. Students who complete this program typically pursue graduate study leading toward professional activities as a composer, arranger or teacher. Candidates complete the university Central Curriculum requirements plus the following courses with a minimum grade average of C. Each course below must be completed with a minimum grade of C-.

Semester Hours View Full Course Catalog >>

12        Music Literature

2 MUSC-152 Survey of World Music
4 MUSC-245 The Music of the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque Eras
4 MUSC-250 The Music of the Classic and Romantic Eras
2 MUSC-350 20th-Century Music

20        Music Theory

2 MUSC-161 Theory I: Diatonic Harmony
2 MUSC-162 Theory II: Chromatic Harmony
2 MUSC-163 Ear Training I
2 MUSC-164 Ear Training II
2 MUSC-261 Theory III: Advanced Tonal Harmony
2 MUSC-262 Theory IV: Form and Analysis
2 MUSC-263 Ear Training III
2 MUSC-363 Theory V: Modality, Set Theory and Serialism
2 MUSC-361 Counterpoint
2 MUSC-370 Orchestration

5-6      Skills

2          MUSC-369 Beginning Conducting

1          MUSC-034 Piano Class I (instrumental/vocal concentrates)

1          MUSC-035 Piano Class II (instrumental/vocal concentrates)

1          MUSC-037 Piano Class III

2          MUSC-066 Collaborative Piano (keyboard concentrates; third semester for keyboard concentrates who are exempt from MUSC-037)

1          MUSC-038 Piano Technique (piano concentrates only)

36        Applied Music

10        Composition lesson (may be a combination of one- and two-credit lessons)

10        Applied lesson in one studio area (minimum of six semesters)

2          MUSC-500 Full Composition Recital (capstone)

0          Forum (eight semesters)

6          Large Ensemble (six semesters)

8          Music Elective (other than applied study and ensembles and 4 SH chosen from MUSC-355, MUSC-356, MUSC-367 or MUSC-368)

Brass

Tyler Ogilvie

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:
Horn

emailogilvie@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4281

Eric L. Hinton

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:
Director of Bands
Trumpet
Conducting

emailhinton@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4296

Kevin Henry

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:
Trombone

emailhenryk@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4281

Eric Henry

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:
Tuba
Euphonium

emailhenryeric@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4281

Composition

Joshua Davis

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:
Bass
Theory & Composition
Jazz Band

emaildavisj@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4286

Patrick A. Long

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:
Theory & Composition
Music Technology

emaillongp@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4289

Conducting

Gregory Grabowski

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:
Conducting
Music Education
Orchestra

emailgrabowski@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4287

Eric L. Hinton

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:
Director of Bands
Trumpet
Conducting

emailhinton@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4296

Ensembles

Joshua Davis

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:
Bass
Theory & Composition
Jazz Band

emaildavisj@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4286

Gregory Grabowski

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:
Conducting
Music Education
Orchestra

emailgrabowski@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4287

Eric L. Hinton

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:
Director of Bands
Trumpet
Conducting

emailhinton@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4296

David Steinau

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:
Music Department Chair
Voice

emailsteinau@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4285

Jason Douglas Vodicka

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:
Ensembles
Coordinator of Music Education

emailvodicka@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4536

Chris Hoster

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:

emailhoster@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4295

Keyboard

Vic Boris

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:
Music History
Piano

emailboris@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4281

Marcos Krieger

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:
Organ & Harpsicord
Music History
Ear Training

emailkriegerm@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4292

Naomi Niskala

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:
Piano
Music Theory

emailniskala@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4152

Diane Scott

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:
Class Piano

emailscottd@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4291

Jaime Namminga

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:

emailnamminga@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4781

Music Education

Gregory Grabowski

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:
Conducting
Music Education
Orchestra

emailgrabowski@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4287

Eric L. Hinton

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:
Director of Bands
Trumpet
Conducting

emailhinton@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4296

Gail B. Levinsky

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:
Saxophone
Music Education

emailgblevinsky@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4266

Jason Douglas Vodicka

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:
Ensembles
Coordinator of Music Education

emailvodicka@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4536

Chris Hoster

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:

emailhoster@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4295

Music History

Gary Boerckel

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:
Music History

emailboerckel@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4281

Vic Boris

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:
Music History
Piano

emailboris@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4281

Joshua Davis

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:
Bass
Theory & Composition
Jazz Band

emaildavisj@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4286

Marcos Krieger

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:
Organ & Harpsicord
Music History
Ear Training

emailkriegerm@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4292

Patrick A. Long

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:
Theory & Composition
Music Technology

emaillongp@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4289

Marcus Smolensky

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:
Viola
Music History

emailsmolensky@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4281

Music Technology

Patrick A. Long

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:
Theory & Composition
Music Technology

emaillongp@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4289

Music Theory & Ear Training

Joshua Davis

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:
Bass
Theory & Composition
Jazz Band

emaildavisj@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4286

Marcos Krieger

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:
Organ & Harpsicord
Music History
Ear Training

emailkriegerm@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4292

Naomi Niskala

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:
Piano
Music Theory

emailniskala@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4152

Patrick A. Long

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:
Theory & Composition
Music Technology

emaillongp@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4289

Jaime Namminga

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:

emailnamminga@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4781

Corrine Byrne

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:

emailbyrnec@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4474

Percussion

Greg Alico

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:
Percussion

emailalico@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4281

Strings

Jennifer Sacher Wiley

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:
Violin

emailjswiley@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4290

Marcus Smolensky

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:
Viola
Music History

emailsmolensky@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4281

Andrew Rammon

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:
Cello

emailrammon@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4281

Joshua Davis

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:
Bass
Theory & Composition
Jazz Band

emaildavisj@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4286

Ruth Hunter

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:
Harp

emailhunterruth@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4281

Jay Umble

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:

emailumble@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4281

Voice

Jeffrey Fahnestock

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:
Voice

emailfahnesto@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4773

Dianna Grabowski

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:
Voice

emailgrabowskid@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4281

David Steinau

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:
Music Department Chair
Voice

emailsteinau@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4285

Nina Tober

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:
Voice

emailtober@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4424

Judith White

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:
Voice

email jwhite@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4782

Corrine Byrne

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:

emailbyrnec@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4474

Woodwinds

Leslie Cullen

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:
Flute

emailcullenleslie@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4281

Megan Carraher

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:
Oboe

emailcarraher@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4281

Colleen Hartung

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:
Clarinet

emailhartung@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4281

Gail B. Levinsky

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:
Saxophone
Music Education

emailgblevinsky@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4266

Elizabeth Massey

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:
Bassoon

emailmassey@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4281

Staff

Sara Adams

Department: Music
Areas of Specialty:

emailadamss@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4309

Juliann E Boggs

Department: Provost
Areas of Specialty:

emailboggsj@susqu.edu
phone570-372-4281

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Performance Opportunities

Choral

Choral ensembles provide students with unique musical experiences on and off campus.

Instrumental

The Orchestra, Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band perform a wide repertoire in a challenging and rewarding environment.

Keyboard

Pianists and organists perform in a range of solo, chamber, and large ensemble settings on the finest instruments.

Jazz

A traditional big band and small combos appear at a variety of venues.

Chamber Music

Small ensembles offer opportunities to study highly specialized literature.

Opera

The Opera Studio performs fully-staged productions with orchestra in addition to programs of opera scenes.

320

seats in Stretansky Concert Hall

32

music practice rooms

150

years teaching music

Music Preparatory Program for Children and Adults

The program provides the surrounding communities with lifelong learning opportunities for professional music study and enrichment activities in an academic environment, including individual lessons in voice, piano, organ, and most band and orchestra instruments, along with group music classes for infants through adults.

The hallmark of the program is the rich collaboration among music faculty, music students, and the children and adults who take lessons and classes.

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Music Prep

Contact Us

Department of Music

514 University Ave.
Selinsgrove, Pa. 17870

Get Directions

Location

Cunningham Center for Music and Art

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Phone & Email

570-372-4281
Admissions and auditions: adamss@susqu.edu
General information: boggsj@susqu.edu

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