department of music

Fine Arts Center, Suite E, 105 Upper College Road, Kingston, RI 02881 – 401.874.2431 or 401.874.5955

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Composition Requirements

Freshmen considering the music composition track at URI should submit a portfolio of original compositions to the Music Department office no later than February 1 prior to their year of enrollment.

The portfolio should consist of 3 scores of original compositions (no arrangements please), accompanied by at least one audio recording of one of the pieces submitted. The other two pieces may be a synthetic/midi version if no audio recording is available.

The compositions should display:
1. Diverse styles
2. Diverse instrumentation (for instance: solo, vocal, chamber ensemble, electronics)
3. An abundant variety of rhythms, tempos, and meters
4. Harmonic inventiveness
5. Motivic inventiveness
6. A variety of textures (such as counterpoint, homophony, or call and response)
7. Attention to scoring details (dynamics, tempos, articulations, tonguing, bowings)

For questions or for more information please contact Dr. Eliane Aberdam or Dr. Kirsten Volness

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