of changes in the art, and act, of composition, Princeton’s Graduate Program in Composition considers it essential for composers to be non-classicists, and to engage in all musics – high and low, American and European, Eastern and Western, live and electronic, free and strict, college and club. The program builds on its rich modernist past – the lineage of composers as diverse as Milton Babbitt, Roger Sessions, James Randall, and Godfrey Winham – and it continues to be involved in electronic/computer music, as evidenced by the success, in the last decade, of Princeton’s Laptop Orchestra. The Princeton Sound Kitchen allows both faculty and graduate students to have their works (including works-in-progress) performed by some of the best professional musicians in a series of performances open to the community. The program also facilitates interaction with visiting composers through the colloquium series, and there are numerous opportunities for collaborations involving dance, theater, and film through the Lewis Center for the Arts.
Enjoy a virtual tour of graduate student spaces, led by current composition students.