There are ample opportunities to collaborate with student performers, ensembles, and artists in other disciplines and to have your work performed. Additionally, the composition studio organizes events, internal competitions, readings of student’s work, and encourages student composers to have their works performed off campus.
Once a year we have a new music festival entitled the New Sounds Festival. One concert on this festival consists of works by student composers. The student composer group is involved in the organization, promotion and production of the concert.
There is a yearly commission for a work in a peaceful style for large ensemble, rotating between symphonic orchestra, wind ensemble, and choir. The winner of the commission receives $1000 and a performance of the work. There is also a WMU Chamber Music Composition Competition. The winning composer receives a performance by WMU’s new music group, Birds on a Wire. Additional composers have the opportunity to have their work read by Birds on a Wire.
There are annual readings of student wind ensemble works every fall semester. There are annual readings of orchestral works by student composers each spring semester. Other ensembles will read student works when time permits.
There is a list of external composition competitions and festival submission opportunities maintained in an online portal available to student composers. Students are encouraged to seek out opportunities to promote their music off campus and faculty members help students to prepare their scores for these opportunities as part of their private lessons.