Dr. Jim Vernon
Professor of Music
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Music Composition is a part of the Music Division in the Warren M. Angell College of Fine Arts.
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What makes an OBU Music Composition degree special?
The composition emphasis focuses on giving students a creativity-based music degree within the liberal arts context. The B.M. in Composition is primarily focused on preparation of students for graduate programs in composition or other music-related fields; however, graduates have used the degree as a springboard for many different career choices. The OBU undergraduate composition degrees are special due to the unique emphases on the performance of student work, the variety of analysis, composition courses offered, and the extensive one-on-one study with composition professors.
What are OBU grads doing with their Music Composition degrees?
Recent graduates with composition degrees from OBU are attending graduate school in music composition, attending seminary, teaching in higher education, working with professional orchestras, composing music for films and videos, teaching music in public schools, working in churches and studying or working abroad.
What courses can I take?
For the B.M. in Composition degree, students take composition classes, private composition lessons, courses in Counterpoint, Orchestration, Style Analysis, Contemporary Analysis, and Introduction to Synthesis (electronic music). Emphasis is on writing music for various configurations and in different styles.
What do OBU Music Composition faculty specialize in?
We emphasize students having their compositions performed, either by other students, by faculty, by OBU ensembles or other groups. We also hold monthly composition "masterclasses," when composition students gather to listen to, discuss, and share music with each other. Students also attempt to attend regional and occasionally national composition festivals when possible.