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Bachelor of Music in Composition


Caroline Shaw

Composer Caroline Shaw in Residence at Shenandoah Conservatory

Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw was featured as the 2021/22 Pulitzer Prize Composer series featured artist. She participated in a brief residency at the conservatory from Monday, April 11, through Wednesday, April 13. During her visit, Shaw worked with students in rehearsals with the Wind Ensemble, percussion studio, Conservatory Choir and more. She also participated […]

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Chance Morris

Sound Installation by Morris ’24 Opens at MSV

“Surroundings: A Catalog of Aspects for Digital Choir,” an outdoor sound installation created by Chance Morris ’24 (Bachelor of Music in Composition), opened on Friday, April 22, at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley (MSV). The project exists at the intersection between the natural world and the spoken word, and includes voice recordings from conservatory […]

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New Music in New York at Carnegie Hall

Music Students Embark on 2022 New Music in New York GEL Trip

A small group of composition and performance students from Shenandoah Conservatory embarked on the third New Music in New York Global Experiential Learning (GEL) trip from Monday, March 14, through Saturday, March 19. Led by Director of Composition, Coordinator of New Music and Associate Professor of Composition Jonathan Newman, M.M., and Assistant Director of Performances […]

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Alumni Successes

Joel Puckett

Puckett’s ’99 ‘The Fix’ Premieres with Minnesota Opera

Joel Puckett ’99 (Bachelor of Music in Composition) was commissioned by the Minnesota Opera as part of its New Works Initiative to write a full-length opera for its 2018/19 season. The opera premiered this month. “The Fix” is based on the notorious World Series scandal of 1919, featuring legendary figures such as Shoeless Joe Jackson, […]

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Richard Zarou

Richard Zarou ’03, a native of Centreville, Virginia, is a composer of acoustic and electroacoustic music. His education includes Doctoral and Master’s degrees in composition from Florida State University and a Bachelor’s degree in composition from Shenandoah University. His primary composition teachers include Mark Wingate, Ladislav Kubik, Clifton Callender, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, William Averitt & […]

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