Dr. Laurence Sherr with piano performance major

Huu Mai and composition student Brian C. Chamberlain. Chamberlain's composition, Twenty-Six  for solo piano,

was performed by Mai and won the "Young Artist"

category of the Music Teacher's National Association Statewide Competition in Fall of 2003.

Composition Studies

Students who focus on composition while at KSU pursue a variety of courses that help them gain increasing compositional skill and experience. A number of KSU composition students have gone on to graduate composition programs at nationally recognized institutions. Prizes and awards received by KSU students include top prizes of the Georgia Music Teachers Association composition competition and subsequent recognition at the regional Music Teachers National Association competition. One KSU composition student won the H. Robert Reynolds Composer’s Competition, resulting in a performance of his wind ensemble work at Carnegie Hall. Composition students pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree with a concentration in Composition.

Composition students in the School of Music at Kennesaw State:

  • Receive studio composition lessons with KSU Composer-in-Residence Dr. Laurence Sherr;
  • Use advanced technological tools in the KSU music lab for music composition and score notation;
  • Participate in an annual student composition recital at which their works are performed by KSU student;
  • Receive instruction from noted guest composers such as David Maslanka and Pulitzer-prize winner David Lang.


Transfer Students–Transfer Credits & Placement Tests

Testing Out of Courses (Advanced Standing)
Music Theory Sequence
Applied Composition Study

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