Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in Music Composition Is Accepting Students For Its February And August 2013 Residencies

Film Music Magazine • October 15, 2012

This rapidly growing low-residency Masters Program offers five areas of focus: Music for Media (Film, TV & Game Scoring); Contemporary Composition (i.e. concert music); Electronic Music; Songwriting; and Jazz. Comprised of a diverse and successful faculty, the Program takes an integrated approach to creativity, and students can study with a variety of teachers. Students’ programs are self-designed (with the help of their advisors); you have to be self-motivated to fully benefit from a low-residency program such as this.

Twice a year, there is a one-week intensive residency in Montpelier, filled with rehearsals of student works, recording sessions, performances, Master Classes, demonstrations, and lectures. There is a strong feeling of camaraderie between students and faculty. During the rest of the year, students and their advisors communicate regularly using means of their choosing, such as Skype, Dropbox, email, phone, etc. The core of the Program is the close relationship between the students and their mentors; the philosophy of the Program is inclusive, open, and non-elitist. Many of the faculty work in integrated forms, such as concert music within a jazz idiom, or chamber (or film) music with electronic and ethnic elements.

Have a look at the website – and feel free to contact the Faculty Chair, Dr. Rick Baitz, or the College for further info.


By Bill on October 17th, 2012 at 3:43 pm

This sounds like a way to get onto a higher plain of composing without giving up my life for two years.
I wonder how much contact there is between each student and their respective mentor?

By Tim on August 19th, 2013 at 5:28 pm

Bill, it’s a very intimate and personal encounter. I just graduated in the inaugural class of the program, and I couldn’t have asked for a more personalized situation. You should definitely check it out. The film composers who teach in the program are great – Don DiNcola, Rick Baitz and Ravi Krishnaswami, all NYC-based composers.

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