Performances and Collaborations
It is an essential part of the creative process for composers to collaborate with performers and others artists and to hear their work performed. Composition students at Boise State regularly collaborate with student and faculty musicians to present high-quality performances of original works, including:
- Two student composer chamber music concerts per year
- Yearly performances and readings with the Boise State Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Winds, Jazz Band, and Meistersingers, and Percussion Ensemble
- Various interdisciplinary collaborations and projects with people from across the Boise State campus, including dancers, poets, scientists, and others
All of these performances and readings are recorded and become part of students’ professional portfolio of original works. This portfolio enables students to apply for professional opportunities and to help launch a career beyond graduation.
For more information about any of these opportunities, please contact Dr. Eric Alexander.
Master classes and Special Guests
Master classes are an integral part of the education of musicians at Boise State. Each year the composition area hosts several guest composers and performers that specialize in new music to interact with our students. Master classes and guests allow Boise State students to learn from professionals in the field and to build their network of contacts in the career field of their choosing.
Recent Guests include:
- Paul Dooley – composer
- Samuel L. Richards – composer, theorist, collaborator
- Jim Cockey – composer
- Jonathan Sacks – film composer and orchestrator
- Ryan Nowlin – assistant director of the United States Marine Band and composer/arranger
- Evan Ware – composer and theorist
- 208 Ensemble – contemporary chamber music ensemble
- Garrett Schumann – composer and music observer
- Ben Model – silent film composer/accompanist
- Eric Sandmeyer – concert and film composer
- David Alan Earnest – concert, commercial, and film composer
Student Research/Creative Work Funding
The Boise State University Student Assembly often provides funding to students interested in pursuing professional opportunities, research, and creative work. Students must apply for funding through a competitive process. It is recommended to apply as early as possible to ensure full consideration. Recently, several composition students received funding to attend a Disney/Pixar film scoring session at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, California. This notable experience gave them a unique window into the process of scoring a film with live musicians and helped them make connections in the film industry.
For questions or more information about professional opportunities and student research/creative work funding, please contact Dr. Eric Alexander.