3. The Juilliard School – New York, NY
Notable Faculty: Christopher Rouse, Samuel Adler, John Corigliano, Steven Stucky
For an education deeply enriched by the most important faculty for contemporary American orchestral music, look no further than the Juilliard School, an institution with unrivalled resources thriving in the contemporary composition epicenter of America, New York. Acclaimed orchestral composers John Corigliano and Christopher Rouse, along with Samuel Adler, currently one the most historically important active teachers in music composition, regularly turn out students who garner the top prizes, such as the ASCAP and BMI student composer awards, as well as positions in universities, conservatories, and also certainly, in the musical landscape of today’s wildly eclectic and exciting new music scene.
Listen to the Faculty: Check out Rouse’s Second Symphony and Flute Concerto.
2. Princeton University (Graduate Only) – Princeton, New Jersey
Notable Faculty: Steven Mackey, Paul Lansky
A program once embedded deeply into the twelve-tone musical trends of the 1960s guided by the steady hand of serialist Milton Babbitt, Princeton now is home to musically broad intellectuals who have served, especially in the past ten years, as faithful ambassadors to a new kind of classical music. Composer Steven Mackey heads a wildly eclectic faculty who have produced artists that have surpassed their peers, including a founder of a curiously popular indie-classical label (Judd Greenstein, New Amsterdam Records), a composer who has served as executive director of the most important young composers organization in America (David T. Little, MATA), and a 30-year-old student whose work won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Music (Caroline Shaw, Partita for 8 Voices).
Listen to the Faculty: Check out Paul Lansky’s More Than Idle Chatter.
1. Yale School of Music (Graduate Only) – New Haven, Connecticut
Notable Faculty: Martin Bresnick, David Lang, Christopher Theofanidis, Aaron Jay Kernis
Possibly the most well-rounded composition faculty in the entire world, the Yale School of Music hosts unrivaled teachers who hold the unique position of being both important in the field of music and widely influential to many generations of composers. Composer and professor Martin Bresnick has for over thirty years taught some of the most important musical minds in America, including fellow Yale faculty David Lang, who has recently won a Pulitzer for his passionate vocal drama, The Little Match Girl Passion. Grammy-award winning composers, the Bang On a Can founders, tenured university professors, and composers of the highest orchestral reputation have claimed alumni status from the resounding halls of this unsurpassed contemporary composition department.
Listen to the Faculty: Check out David Lang’s Pulitzer-winning Little Match Girl Passion.
Other Top Schools
New England Conservatory – Boston, MA (Notable Faculty: Michael Gandolfi)
Mannes College of Music – New York, NY (Notable Faculty: Missy Mazzoli)
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