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CCM's composition programs provide students with a knowledge of music both past and present. In addition, students study the various analytical and compositional procedures of music.

CCM's composition programs serve as a resource for all music students, and especially composition majors, enriching the already active musical atmosphere of the college.

Courses cover introductory electronic music, techniques, advanced computer and electroacoustic music composition, music programming, timbre studies, multimedia composition and improvisation.

The CCM Center for Computer Music contains several classroom studios and smaller rooms, working environments for composition, research and performance. The facilities contain 8-channel, 5.1 and stereo audio systems.


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Michael D. Fiday

Professor of Composition


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Ellen R. Harrison

Adjunct Associate Professor of Composition; CCM Prep Master Teacher, Theory and Composition


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Mara M. Helmuth

Professor of Composition


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Douglas Knehans

Norman Dinerstein Professor of Composition Scholar


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Miguel A. Roig-Francoli

Distinguished Teaching Professor of Music Theory and Composition


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Felipe Tovar-Henao

Charles Henry Turner Post-Doctoral Fellow


Composition, Musicology and Theory Division Head and Staff

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Christopher Segall

Interim Division Head of Composition, Musicology, and Theory; Associate Professor of Music Theory


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Darlene Y. Miller

Executive Staff Assistant


CCM's admissions process begins on August 1 (undergraduate) and September 1 (graduate) for entrance in the following year's fall semester. All application materials must be submitted on or before December 1 to be considered for specific scholarship awards. Visit the CCM Admissions website for additional application instructions.

Composition - BM, MM, DMA


Applicants must submit the required pre-screening materials via on or before December 3 in order to be considered for admissions and invited for an audition.

Pre-screening Requirements
  • Portfolio of three original works:
    • Undergraduate applicants: a recording of at least one of the submitted works (live recordings are preferred where possible)
    • Graduate applicants: recordings of at least two of the submitted works (live recordings are preferred where possible)
    • All applicants: documentation of the submitted works should include scores (in the case of works with instruments or voice) or alternate format (in the case of purely electronic music)
  • All applicants should submit a list of works composed
  • For applicants with electronic music experience, please submit a statement listing software used, a description of how it was used, and genres of interest.


Interviewees will be asked to discuss their background and interests, and demonstrate their musical knowledge.

News and Events


CCM alumnus wins 2024 Solti Conducting Award

May 6, 2024

UC College-Conservatory of Music alumnus François López-Ferrer (BM Composition, ‘12) is the recipient of the prestigious Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award, awarded annually to a promising American conductor 36 years of age or younger. One of the largest of its kind, it provides essential career guidance, industry connections and a cash award of $30,000 to aid grant recipients as they further hone the skills of their craft.


CCM shares 2024 alumni and distinguished service awards

April 26, 2024

UC's College-Conservatory of Music is proud to present alumni and distinguished service awards to outstanding members of our community at the end of each academic year. The 2024 awards are presented to four accomplished alumni and one dedicated patron in a private virtual event on April 23.


Get to know CCM’s newest faculty and staff members

March 29, 2024

UC’s College-Conservatory of Music will welcome a variety of new faculty and staff members to its roster of distinguished performing and media arts experts this fall. The following new appointments have been announced as of Aug 15, 2023. Additional new hires will be announced later this summer.

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