After Graduation

Music by our graduates has been heard at renowned venues and festivals around the globe. They have worked with leading performers and ensembles, including eminent contemporary music ensembles; the orchestras of Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Cincinnati, Detroit, Memphis, and St. Louis, among others; and renowned performers and conductors. Some graduates have gone on to work in arts administration for organizations including the Chicago Symphony, Berklee College of Music, the Mackinac Island Arts Council, the New York Philharmonic, Boosey and Hawkes, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Others work in the film and commercial music industry, and several have received Fulbright fellowships to study internationally. Undergraduate and Master's students are frequently admitted to prestigious graduate composition programs for further study.

Distinguished Alumni

A few of the many distinguished alumni of the MSU composition program include:

  • David R. Gillingham (PhD)  |  Professor of Composition and Theory (retired), Central Michigan University
  • Adolphus Hailstork (PhD, 1971)  | Professor of Music, Old Dominion University
  • Jere Hutcheson (PhD)  | Professor of Music Composition (retired), Michigan State University
  • David Maslanka (MM/PhD, 1971)  |  Composer
  • Charles Ruggiero (PhD, 1979)  | Professor of Music Composition (retired), Michigan State University
  • Daniel Weymouth  |  Associate Professor of Composition and Theory & Director of cDact, State University of New York at Stony Brook
  • Mary Simoni (BM, MM)  |  Professor and Dean of the School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Ron Herrema (PhD, 2001)  |  Senior Lecturer in Creative Computing, Bath Spa University
  • Mihailo Trandafilovski (BM, 2000)  |  Composer, Violinist, and Educator
  • Ken Wallicki (PhD)  |  Professor of Music, California State University, Fullerton

Recent Alumni

Asterisk (*) indicates employment in a tenure-track academic position.

Recent Placements in Graduate Programs

  • Hannah Boissonneault (BM, 2020)  |   MM in Composition, University of Michigan
  • Charlie Cooper (BM, 2017) |  Interdisciplinary Graduate program in Sonic Research and Acoustic Ecology, Simon Frasier University
  • Doug McCausland (MM, 2017)  | DMA in Composition, Stanford University
  • Josh Trentadue (BM, 2017)  | MM in Screen Scoring, New York University
  • Christian Kolo (BM, 2017)  | MM in Screen Scoring, University of Southern California
  • Bronwen McVeigh (BM, 2017)   | MA/PhD in Musicology, Eastman School of Music
  • Chris Newman (BM, 2016)  | MM in Composition, University of Maryland, College Park
  • Ashlee T. Busch (MM, 2014)   | DMA in Composition, Arizona State University
  • Duncan Petersen-Jones (BM, 2017) - MM in Composition, University of Michigan


*last updated 2/11/2022