Embody the Living Art of Music

Explore diverse compositional styles and esthetic viewpoints in Westminster’s graduate composition program. Hone your craft with access to our music computing lab where you can compose, orchestrate and print publishable quality compositions. Showcase your works in student-led performances and with opportunities to write works for soloists, for chamber ensembles and for large wind or orchestral ensembles.

Program Highlights

  • Private composition lessons with faculty who prioritize individuality.
  • Contribute to three composition concerts each year with fellow students, leading to a full recital of original works.
  • Compose for various Westminster choirs, commencement, spring convocation, sponsored composition competitions, churches, individual patrons, the Westminster Community Orchestra, the Westminster Chinese Ensemble, and more.
  • Guest composers meet with our students at biweekly forums on various composition topics.
  • Students’ works have been commissioned and published by J.W. Pepper and GIA Press and won prizes such as the prestigious Clifton Award.
  • Alumni enjoy careers composing for various media and entertainment industries.
  • As a member of the Westminster Symphonic Choir, students perform with the world’s leading orchestras and conductors, an unparalleled opportunity to perform at the highest professional level.

Admission Requirements

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Program Requirements

Our 38-credit graduate curriculum provides the necessary theoretical knowledge for the continuing study and performance of music, analytical and esthetic understanding of music forms and styles while providing opportunities to cultivate your talent.

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Your Path to Success

Westminster’s graduates are active composers for many genres of music. With guidance from industry expert faculty who are active and published composers, our program provides the knowledge and skills for graduates to find success.

Common Careers

  • Composer
  • Music writer/blogger
  • Music publisher
  • Professor/educator


Composition (M.M.)

Sharon Mirchandani

Professor and Chair

Omega House

smirchandani [at] rider.edu

609-921-7100 x8313

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