Why Choose Nazareth for Music Composition?

Develop a high artistic level of composition and be prepared for a career in composition, film and media scoring, orchestration and arranging, copying, and/or producing with a Bachelor of Music in Composition degree from Nazareth College. You will be able to create an individualized musical career that combines your musical expertise with the strong liberal arts background that is part of every Nazareth College undergraduate degree.

Weekly composition lessons are tailored to your priorities, strengths, and career goals. Possible areas of focus: concert music, film scoring and — in collaboration with the Music Business program — pop and rock composition. Present your creative work at the weekly composers forum, developing your teaching and public speaking skills.

Learn artistic, intellectual, entrepreneurial, and technical skills necessary for career development, from current aesthetic trends to negotiating a commission agreement, through presentations and master classes by faculty and visiting guest composers. Learn about topics such as music notation software, music publishing standards and options, performance-rights associations, commission and recording contracts, copyright law, and contemporary techniques and approaches to composition.

Program Highlights

  • Receive weekly one-hour private composition lessons tailored to your priorities, strengths, and career goals
  • Present at weekly composition forums
  • Hear your compositions performed at semester recitals
  • Choose to compete in an annual composition competition
  • Experience annual readings of student compositions by the Nazareth College Orchestra and Wind Symphony in our state-of-the-art, 550-seat Glazer Music Performance Center. The building is designed to provide excellent acoustics for large instrumental and vocal ensembles, to integrate multimedia collaborations, and to enable live recording.
  • Develop expertise on an instrument through weekly one-hour private performance lessons

How to Audition

Auditions are required for this major. View audition details and register.

Aaron Siebert-Castiñeira, music composition major, B.M. degree program at Nazareth College

Alumni Spotlight

Nazareth faculty helped Aaron Siebert-Castiñeira '19, a composition major, get an internship at Remote Control Productions, the Los Angeles-based film score company run by noted composer Hans Zimmer (Pirates of the Caribbean, Shrek). Siebert-Castiñeira says Nazareth has stimulated his personal growth “at a multilayered level that goes beyond a specific degree,” by giving him “a scope of appreciation for detail” and the tools needed for making any kind of decision. “I actually observed a notable advantage over others during my time in L.A. due to this preparation,” he says.

Example Careers

  • composer, including for film, TV, video games, commercials, theatre, dance, opera, and concert music
  • arranger/orchestrator
  • music copyist/engraver
  • music producer

Internships/Field Experiences

Nazareth College film and media scoring students collaborate with students from School of Visual Arts (SVA) and Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York City, from Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), and from Pasadena College in Los Angeles. Each film and media student “hires” a Nazareth composer to score and then produce a complete soundtrack for one of his or her films made as part of a course. The collaboration mimics the professional client-composer process.