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Focus on the craft and art of music composition


Fully engage in creating new music from the moment you arrive on campus. Individual lessons and Composition Seminar will allow you to explore, experiment with and refine your musical ideas. Linfield’s Department of Music offers distinctively unique opportunities to realize musical ideas in ways typically unavailable at the undergraduate level.

A state-of-the-art composers studio with the latest music technology, including recording and production equipment is available for songwriting or electronic music. Annual showcases on campus regularly feature original student compositions, and seniors can complete capstone projects tailored to their interests in these areas.

If you are interested in art music, we have invaluable opportunities for you to "learn by doing" and build your composition portfolio by working with professional chamber ensembles and mentor musicians who are brought to campus every year through the Lacroute Composer Readings and Chamber Music Mentorship Program.

student in composers studioLacroute Composer Readings and Chamber Music Mentorship Program

The Lacroute Composer Readings and Chamber Music Mentorship Program offers student composers on campus, as well as youth from the surrounding region, the opportunity to work closely with professional mentor musicians during a residency program.

Through this program, students will:

  • Build both composition portfolios and relationships with professional musicians
  • Develop essential skills in collaboration and communication
  • Observe chamber music masterclasses

The visiting artists will workshop student pieces in progress, coach chamber music ensembles, offer an open seminar on a musical topic and present a full recital of contemporary works.

Dr. Reinkemeyer’s philosophy on composition

“I believe composers must have an insatiable curiosity that extends beyond purely musical interests in order to achieve a compelling level of creativity in their work. Studying composition within a liberal arts setting will give you the necessary tools to effectively synthesize these extra-musical ideas within your music.

“Throughout the core Musicianship, Performance, and Music History sequence, the student composer will develop an understanding of historical and theoretical artistic practices by completing listening and composition exercises designed to support your deeper understanding of: harmony, instrumentation, orchestration and counterpoint. These projects will inform your current and future work, allowing you to engage with musical and cultural practices in novel ways.

“For composers, the fullest realization of your work is through public performance and recordings. We designed the Lacroute Composer Readings and Chamber Music Mentorship Program to support your growth as a composer over four years. Our program encourages you to: collaborate with performers as you are composing to develop your understanding of different instruments, refine or revise your ideas for future public performance and build your communication skills. As your teachers, we will help you develop your individual voice and musical personality.”

– Dr. Andrea Reinkemeyer