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

  • Westminster’s Chinese Ensemble has performed works by our graduate students
  • Student works have been published by J.W. Pepper and GIA Press
  • Zion Lutheran Church and Gene Trantham have both sponsored composition competitions for WCC student composers
  • Various Westminster choirs have performed graduate student works in recent years
  • Student composers compose new pieces for commencement and opening convocation
  • Performance majors interact with and play works by our student composers.
  • Guest composers present at biweekly forums
  • Three composition concerts every year
Student on piano and faculty member on computer work together to create a composition

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.

How to Apply

View requirements, application deadlines and steps to apply.

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 206

smirchandani [at] rider.edu

609-921-7100 x8313

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