Students studying composition at KSU encounter a range of great opportunities for the development and advancement of their creative work. There are numerous opportunities for students to get performances and recordings of their compositions, ranging from our student composition recitals to recording sessions\ to our composition contest winners who have their works presented by our top orchestra or wind ensemble. Students study with our internationally recognized faculty composers and with prestigious guest composers, including two Pulitzer Prize winners who have visited in recent years. There are also a growing number of opportunities for scoring for film, video games, and new media. KSU composition students have pursued successful careers as video game composers, international touring artists, and independent video and music creators, and have studied at prestigious graduate programs at the University of Michigan, Mills College, and Columbia College Chicago’s MFA in Music Composition for the Screen.
Composition study prepares students for a varied array of musical careers, such as
the ones below. Entrepreneurial graduates have created their own career paths by combining
a number of these activities. Skills learned during composition studies have also
been successfully applied in other professions our graduates have chosen.