Music Composition

The Concentration in Music Composition is offered for students who are interested in the entire, comprehensive creative process of music.

The emphasis in this program is on composing music in the traditional forms, as well as developing an individual style of composition. This program is designed to prepare students for advanced studies in composition at the graduate level.

Program Requirements

All music majors and minors study and must pass basic piano proficiency. Those with piano experience have a definite advantage, though several beginning and intermediate piano classes are available to help those with little or no piano background.

Music students perform in student recitals each semester. Applied professors help select those pieces appropriate for performance, and coach the student. Music composition students have multiple opportunities to have their original works performed on campus, and complete a portfolio of their compositions during their senior year.

Mission Statement

The School of Music exists to cultivate the musical skills of student scholars as an act of personal commitment to Christ, and to encourage a life of service to others. The educational thrust of the School of Music is threefold: it seeks to complement a broad liberal arts education, to provide the intensive professional training that aspiring musicians need, and to meet the musical needs of the University, community and Olivet’s educational region.

World-Renowned Opportunities

Whether playing one of Olivet’s Steinway grand pianos, the world-renowned Ruffati organ, or arranging on the MIDI Mac lab, students develop musical excellence here. Our graduates have gone on to success in all areas of music — be it performance, production or academic instruction.

Meet the Faculty

Olivet professors are mentors. The hours spent honing musical skills with skilled professionals goes beyond the classroom and studio. Faculty are constantly advancing their craft, in the classroom and on the concert stage, and share their expertise with Olivet students.

Music Faculty

Music Ensembles

Countless music ensembles make up the performance opportunities offered each year. From opera to orchestral, jazz to jam sessions – there’s a place for everyone in the School of Music.

Music Ensembles

Concerts & Events

Olivet's School of Music hosts a variety of concerts and events on campus for campus and community alike. Many events are general admission and free, while some require tickets.

Calendar of Events

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