Composition Resources

Midwest Composers Symposium

The University of Iowa School of Music's Composition Area participates in the Midwest Composers Symposium, a consortium comprising the University of Illinois, the University of Michigan, Indiana University, Oberlin Conservatory, and Iowa. Each year a symposium takes place at one of the member campuses, and works from each are presented.


The School offers the Henry and Parker Pelzer Award in Composition, major cash prize awarded each spring to an outstanding composer. Details of eligibility can be obtained from the Area Head.

The Composers Workshop

The Composers Workshop offers typically four programs of new works composed on campus each semester. One of the assistantships offered in composition includes the management of this series.

Center for New Music

A major feature of the Composition program is its intimate connection with the School's Center for New Music. The center offers typically four concerts per academic year, and all rehearsals are open.

Electronic Media

The Area offers instruction in analog and digital electronic media, and encourages the formation of improvisational and experimental ensembles. The School's many students of performance frequently take part in the creation of new works by Iowa's graduate composers.

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