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Concert Composition

Advance your music writing skills as you work with filmmakers, video game and virtual reality creators, choreographers, and writers and directors of theatre and music theatre productions. You will collaborate with a wide range of music performance students and work with students and faculty from our Music Technology program in our state-of-the-art recording and production facilities.

BM, Music Theory and Composition: Concert Music

Study music theory, keyboard skills, orchestration, music technology and more, and work closely with our faculty of internationally recognized composers.


MM, Music Theory and Composition: Concert Music

Become actively involved in the performance of your work, collaborating with musicians and artists at NYU and throughout New York City.


PhD, Music Performance and Composition: Composers

Create a highly personalized program exploring the aesthetic foundations and psychology of music and the arts, and perform qualitative research.

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Julia Wolfe's Fire in my mouth

The tragic events of the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, which killed 146 garment workers, most of them young, female immigrants, is the subject of Music Composition Artistic Director Julia Wolfe’s newest work, Fire in my mouth.

Meet Superstar Composer, Alum Joe Iconis

Be More Chill, the story of an unpopular kid in suburban New Jersey, began its life as a young adult novel. It has now made its way to Broadway, and alum Joe Iconis has been nominated for a 2019 Tony Award for Best Original Score.

Professor Julia Wolfe Wins Pulitzer Prize in Music

Assistant Professor of Composition Julia Wolfe has won a Pulitzer Prize for Anthracite Fields. The Pulitzer committee called the piece "a powerful oratorio for chorus and sextet evoking Pennsylvania coal-mining life around the turn of the 20th Century."

Julia Wolfe Wins 2016 MacArthur “Genius” Grant

Julia Wolfe, associate professor of music composition, has been named a 2016 MacArthur fellow by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.