Composition Classes

Our team of composition faculty offers a wide variety of classes for our student composers to explore. As the students try their hand at a variety of genres and techniques, they are able to have live performances of their pieces by St Olaf musicians to help them hear what they have created. Private composition lessons are also offered and required for students who continue into the composition concentration or major.


The Sound of Research

As part of the Collaborative Undergraduate Research and Inquiry (CURI) program, Erica Malpass ’19 worked with Professor of Music Timothy Mahr ’78 to compose a piece that the St. Olaf Band performed in Spring 2019.

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Justin Merritt talks about “The Path”

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Student-composed works are often performed with St. Olaf ensembles and in “Fresh Ink” recitals


Students take composition lessons and classes with our faculty


Students participate in ensembles and lessons


major in something other than music


Composition Faculty