The Composition Division at the University of Washington is a highly selective program that emphasizes mastery of technique and encourages students to develop their own artistic voices.

Students benefit from the opportunity to work with major international artists in a variety of settings ranging from master classes to performances and readings of student works. Recent collaborations include those with Pascal Gallois, Garth Knox, Margaret Leng Tan, Shulamit Ran, Stuart Dempster, the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Les Percussions de Strasbourg, the JACK Quartet and the Deep Listening Band.

Students have the opportunity to study with four internationally renowned composers who comprise the core faculty — Jöel-François Durand, Huck Hodge, Richard Karpen and Juan Pampin. Faculty interests are wide-ranging and include symphonic and chamber instrumental composition, interdisciplinary arts, improvisation and interactive works for digital media.

In addition to the numerous concerts of contemporary music produced by the School of Music and the affiliated Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media (DXARTS), the greater Seattle area is a vibrant setting for its various contemporary music and experimental improvisation scenes.