Theory/Composition

The UW-La Crosse Music Department offers a complete spectrum of courses for the music major and minor including four semesters of Theory and Music Reading/Aural Skills courses, Form and Analysis, Choral Arranging, Composition, Orchestration, Counterpoint and Electronic Music. We have highly trained faculty and our department is well equipped technologically: Our classrooms house superb audio systems, theory students utilize Macintosh/MIDI based computer programs for independent music instruction in our listening lab, and our Electronic Music studio is equipped with the latest in analog and digital instruments.


The Music Department offers several degrees in music as well as a minor in music. The Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree with an emphasis in Music Theory/Composition is tailored for preparing students interested in pursuing graduate studies in this area. However, many non-majors and minors elect to take Theory/Composition courses at UW-La Crosse just for their own personal enrichment.


Christopher Frye, Theory/Composition professor and coordinator of the Theory program at UW-La Crosse, received degrees in composition from Capital University and The College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati where his principal teachers were Scott Huston and Jonathon Kramer. His music has been performed throughout the United States by ensembles such as the Milwaukee Symphony, and The Cincinnati Choral Society, The Music Fix of Madison and at national and regional festivals sponsored by organizations like The Society of Composers Inc., The Minnesota Composers Forum, Cincinnati Composers Guild, Wisconsin Alliance for Composers, Cleveland Composers Guild, Memphis State University New Music Festival and The Wisconsin Music Teachers Association. He has been awarded prizes and grants for his music and is published by Hal Leonard, Alliance Music Publishers Inc. and Conners Pubications. He is currently the President of the Wisconsin Alliance for Composers.


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