Composition at LSU has a rich history. Award-winning composer Dinos Constantinides has written over 250 compositions for all mediums, ranging widely from opera (his Intimations won two awards) to symphonies (six) and from chamber music of all sorts to the pragmatic and amusing 20th Century Studies for Two Violins. His music and that of his students has been performed world-wide including a 2017 appearance at the prestigious Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. At LSU, Constantinides, a Boyd Professor, is Composer-in-Residence and the music director of the Louisiana Sinfonietta.
Stephen David Beck, Derryl and Helen Haymon Professor of Composition and Computer Music, joined the LSU faculty in 1988. He holds a joint appointment with the Center for Computation and Technology at LSU where he led the establishment of the Cultural Computing research focus area as well as the Digital Media Arts & Engineering undergraduate minor. His music has been performed throughout the world, and his work has been published by G. Schirmer, MIT Press, and the Computer Music Journal. His music has been recorded on the SEAMUS, EMF and Gothic record labels.
Mara Gibson, Visiting Assistant Professor of Composition, has received grants and honors from the American Composer’s Forum, the Banff Center, Louisiana Division of the Arts, ArtsKC, Meet the Composer, the Kansas Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, the International Bass Society, ASCAP, Virginia Center for Creative Arts, the MacDowell Colony, and Yale University. She guides the Constantinides New Music Ensemble (CNME), a skilled and flexible group of student, faculty, and guest artist musicians, who engage in new projects that adapt to musical styles and find new ways to connect with audiences through non-traditional community venues.
Music composition provides students with opportunities to compose for a wide range of ensembles and media. The CNME provides students with opportunities for working with top-flight chamber musicians, and score reading sessions with othe LSU ensemble are part of the regular activities. The weekly Composers Forum is a lively venue for thoughtful discussion, concerts and guest lectures. Students also have opportunities to explore digital technologies and media through courses in the Experimental Music & Digital Media (EMDM) program. All doctoral students take a doctoral minor curriculum, often opting for study in EMDM, Music Theory, Musicology, or Performance.
- Master of Music – Composition Concentration
- Doctor of Philosophy in Music – Composition Concentration
LSU Boyd Professor of Composition
Derryl and Helen Haymon Professor of
Composition and Computer Music
Visiting Assistant Professor of Composition