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Led by composer Julia Wolfe, Music Composition at NYU Steinhardt is teeming with possibilities. Whether writing for orchestra, amplified ensemble, voices, or for a slew of percussion you can realize your vision in the company of dynamic peers, collaborate with high level performers, and study with world-class faculty. The Concert Composition program supports your vision, developing tools that empower you to take risks and reach high. Collaborate creatively with video artists, choreographers, visual artists, studio engineers, and more as you access all that NYU has to offer.

Bachelor of Music
Music Theory and Composition: Concert Music

Located in the heart of New York City, composers come to NYU from far and wide to be a part of the city's vibrant artistic life. NYU’s Music Composition community offers a creative, openminded, supportive environment in which to make new work.

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Master of Music
Music Theory and Composition: Concert Music

New York City is the place to be! NYU has spawned numerous composer collectives, ensembles, record labels, festivals and more. Join a community of supportive peers to develop your unique compositional voice and chart your career. One on one contact with leading composers in the field will help realize your vision.

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Doctor of Philosophy
Music Performance and Composition: Composers

Create a highly personalized program as you refine your compositional voice to write large-scale works and embark on significant research for in-depth study and writing.

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News and Events

Robert Honstein Awarded Prestigious Andrew Imbrie Award

The American Academy of Arts and Letters has awarded composer Robert Honstein (Program Director of Concert Composition) the prestigious Andrew Imbrie Award for his compositions. The award recognizes mid-career composers of great merit.

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Un-silent Film

Unsilent Film features compositions by students, which are set to film with live performances by students from MPAP. This performance features live re-scores of silent films and other media by NYU composers and instrumentalists.

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Composers Collective: Songwriters on MacDougal

The Composers Collective Songwriters on Macdougal concert features works by students in the NYU Music Theory and Composition Program.

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Spring Quartet: The Rhythm Method

Acclaimed string quartet, the Rhythm Method, performs new compositions by students from the NYU Theory and Composition program.

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Concert Composition Alumna Nyokabi Kariuki Releases EP Inspired by Childhood in Kenya

Nyokabi Kariuki  is a graduate of Concert Composition and a Kenyan composer and sound artist. Learn about her new EP, her experience performing in various settings, and her time at NYU Steinhardt.

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Utilizing Music as a Vehicle for Social Dialogue

Influential composer and director of NYU Steinhardt’s Music Composition programs, Julia Wolfe, completes Carnegie Hall residency.

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