Music - New Media Composition
We hear original music content everywhere via video games, films, television shows, or online media. Students interested in creating original music composition content for new media such as these should major in New Media Composition.
Students take classes from faculty of both the School of Music and the Arts Technology Program. They will have the opportunity to have original compositions for acoustic instruments read by large ensembles such as the Illinois State University Symphony Orchestra, Illinois State University Wind Symphony, and the Illinois State University choral ensembles. In addition, they will take courses from Arts Technology faculty on the latest technology topics in sound editing, sound design, and virtual reality programming.
New Media Composition students are able to receive readings and performances by world-class guest artists and student ensembles and work with Arts Technology faculty on cutting edge technology projects in sound design, virtual reality environment design, and multi-media composition.
Point of Pride
Illinois State University composition majors receive reading sessions from nationally prominent ensembles such as Ensemble Dal Niente, Fulcrum Point, and ensemble mise-en. Our annual Red Note New Music Festival brings in prestigious composers such as Pulitzer Prize winner Joan Tower to campus. Works by our composition majors are frequently read by the Illinois State University Symphony Orchestra, Illinois State University Wind Symphony, and the Illinois State University choral ensembles.
Why study Music - New Media Composition?
If you are interested in pursuing a career in writing music for films, video games, or theatre, you may wish to pursue a degree in New Media Composition. In addition to working on making your original music content more professional, you will learn how to create and manipulate sound and combine it with other media through the use of the latest technology.
Applying to Illinois State
Illinois State's preferred filing period for freshman students for the fall semester is September 1-November 15. Applying early is encouraged to receive a decision by the end of the year, and for best consideration for your academic program and for scholarships. You will select your audition time within the application for admission.
Applying to the Program
- Complete your application for admission, including selecting an audition date—we'll email you with a confirmation for your audition.
- Refer to the suggested repertoire recommendations for each music studio to prepare for your audition. You may want to also contact the respective applied faculty member for further information about the audition.
- Visit your portal to upload:
- a letter of recommendation from a music professional
- a music resume