Our MFA in Music Composition—the very first of its kind in the nation—offers musicians a chance to forge their own creative paths, refine their composition skills, and grow more vital as artists, composers, and music educators.
Students come from diverse stylistic backgrounds and have varied compositional interests. This musically inclusive MFA program reflects that diversity, offering opportunities to work in and across five focus areas: Film, TV & Game Scoring, Concert Music, Electronic Music, Songwriting, and Jazz. Our highly accomplished faculty work in multiple genres, and students can specialize in one area or several, exploring and blending musical streams.
VCFA’s immersive model brings students and faculty together, joined by topnotch ensembles who perform and record student music, for a week of intensive residency once every six months. Over the course of four semesters, students not only produce new work, but also hear and share the music they write with an engaged community. The deep relationship between student and faculty mentor that begins during the seven-day residency on our historic campus in the heart of Vermont’s capital city is catalyst for the creative work of the semester, where each student works from home on an individualized, self-designed composition project. In this way the program carves out space in students’ lives for inquiry, experimentation, research, and criticism, making room for both the exploration and the refinement of their craft.
Rick Baitz, Faculty Chair, describes the "immersion effect" of an MFA in Music Composition residency:
September 9, 2013
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August 12, 2013
Beth Bradfish, '15 Music Composition, was recently selected by Access Contemporary Music, as one...
August 1, 2013
Vermont College of Fine Arts morphs into a Music Festival the week of August 5-10, 2013 when the...
June 12, 2013
The Chicago Sinfonietta premiered "Shards of Serenity" by Jonathan Bailey Holland, Faculty, MFA...
June 11, 2013
VCFA Music Composition faculty members Michael Early and Diane Moser will be performing an...
March 20, 2014
Learn what Evan Beigel, '15 MC, has to say about the creative immersion that defines the MFA in...
March 20, 2014
Learn how music teacher and alumnus of the MFA in Music Composition Matt Hodge, '14 MC,...
February 5, 2014
Composer, pianist and musical director Diane Moser, Faculty, MFA in Music Composition, is in the...
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