The composition section has a reputation for experimentation and innovation. The School attracts composition students from across Canada, the United States, and around the world.

Our faculty consists of accomplished composers involved in both the creation and research of music composition. Their works are performed at major festivals and concert venues both nationally and internationally.

Programs & Courses

We offer Bachelor of Music and Master of Music programs in Music Composition.
In addition to private instruction, students can take advantage of a variety of courses in the areas of composition, music theory, musicology, ethnomusicology, and computer music.


As a student composer at UVic, your music will be performed at events such as composer concerts, colloquia, computer music workshops, and the annual University of Victoria Orchestra Reading Session. We invite guest speakers and ensembles from around the world to perform and teach.      


  Annette Brosin
Magistra Artium (Composition) (Vienna), Ph.D. (UVic)
Limited Term Assistant Teaching Professor
Theory, Composition

Dániel Péter Biró (on leave 2018/19)
MFA (Musik. Wurzburg), MFA (Musik. Frankfurt), Ph.D. (Princeton)
Associate Professor

Christopher Butterfield
B. Mus. (U. of Vic.), M.A. (S.U.N.Y.Stony Brook)
Associate Professor


Anna Höstman
BMus, UVic; MMus, UVic; DMA, Toronto
Limited Term Assistant Teaching Professor
Composition, Sonic Lab

Kirk McNally

Kirk McNally
B.Mus., M.Sc. (McGill)
Assistant Professor

Gordon Mumma
Adjunct Faculty

W. Andrew Schloss
B.A. (Bennington Coll.), Ph.D. (Stanford)

Alumni Profiles

Alumni Profiles

Michael Berger (BMus, UVic)
DMA candidate, Stanford University

Christoph Both (PhD SPAR)
Acadia University

David Cecchetto (MMus/PhD, UVic)
Associate Professor (Critical Digital Theory) in the Department of Humanities at York University

Robert Coburn (PhD SPAR)
University of the Pacific

Ruth Guechtal
MMus, Uvic, PhD, University of Alberta

Georgui Harizanov (MMus, UVic) PhD, University of Sofia, Bulgaria

Anna Hostman (BMus/MMus UVic) DMA, University of Toronto

Hollas Longton (BMus, UVic), MA, Royal Conservatory, The Hague, NL

Darren Miller (MMus, PhD, UVic)

Jeff Morton
Program Officer, Canada Council for the Arts

Max Murray (BMus, UVic) Hans Eisler Hochschule Berlin,
PhD Candidate, Harvard University

Nick Piper (MMus, UVic)
SOCAN Foundation Awards for Young Composers, 2010

Felipe Ribeiro (MMus, UVic)
Professor, Escola de Música e Belas Artes do Paraná, Brazil

Fuhong Shi (MMus, UVic)
Karen Kieser Prize Winner, 2007, PhD University of Toronto, 2010
Faculty Member,Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing

Christopher Reiche (MMus, UVic)
President, Canadian League of Composers

Heymin Suk (MMus, UVic)
SOCAN Pierre Mercure Award, 2008

Sabrina Schroeder (BMus, UVic) PhD, Harvard University

Andrea Young (BMus, UVic) PhD, CalArts

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