Music Composition

The Conservatory of Music is a community of artist-teachers and gifted young Christian musicians, striving for the highest artistic achievement to the glory of God.

What will I study?

This degree is designed for the serious composer and emphasizes the western art music tradition. However, included in the breadth of instructional emphases are film scoring and other commercial compositional applications. The degree will prepare the student to compose in a variety of genres, including traditional instrument families, solo instrumental works, vocal works, electronic mediums, and larger ensembles, including orchestra, concert band, and choir. The focus of this degree is on preparing a portfolio adequate for submission to graduate schools, and to prepare the student for professional work including, but not limited to, composing for film, television, professional ensembles, arranging, conducting, and music printing. All composers must demonstrate a thorough knowledge of traditional harmony and must be able to develop pieces that reflect contemporary tonalities and techniques.

Concentrations

Admissions Requirements

All students seeking admission must demonstrate musical background and performance strengths necessary for successful completion of the stated curriculum. Admission into Biola University does not guarantee admission into the Conservatory as a music major. A student will be admitted to the Conservatory after:

  1. Meeting requirements for University admission
  2. Completing a Conservatory application with the required number of references Note: Conservatory application may be completed before a student's University application has been completed and reviewed.
  3. Completing a Conservatory audition, including a basic musicianship examination designed to demonstrate university level music study readiness. Auditions may be scheduled through the music office at 562-903-4892; auditions cannot be scheduled until all Conservatory application materials and reference forms are received.

Go Deeper

For more information, check out this department's website:

Conservatory of Music Website

Interesting classes I might take

  • Form and Analysis
  • Orchestration
  • Counterpoint

Why choose Music at Biola?

Since 1970, the Biola University Conservatory of Music has been accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. While this means that the music program is grounded firmly in the classical tradition, students are encouraged to develop their individual styles whether classical or contemporary. In fact, because of the excellent faculty-student ratio, much time is spent cultivating students' talent and helping them reach their potential as musicians.

What are BU Music graduates doing now?

Biola graduates from the Music major have gone on to study at graduate schools and pursue professional performance opportunities and careers as follows:

  • Indiana University
  • Peabody Conservatory
  • San Francisco Conservatory
  • Manhattan School of Music
  • Eastman School of Music
  • University of Michigan
  • LA Opera
  • Los Angeles Philharmonic
  • Hollywood Bowl Orchestra
  • The Metropolitan Opera
  • Air Force and Navy military music ensembles
  • Church worship leaders at Church of the Open Door and the Crystal Cathedral
  • "Musicianaries" around the world including Romania and South Africa

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