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Alumni Success | B.M. in Music Composition

Composer, Orchestrator, Arranger
Composition (Piano), B.M. '14

Through the faculty's integrated encouragement and honest critique, I have been apprenticed in my craft, equipped to see and to listen, to diagnose and to learn. They have aided in coaxing my intentions and creative fragments into unique realities, and they have shown me the immense possibilities while putting the tools in my hands. Biola's Composition Department provided a place for me to be richly and individually challenged, stretched, strengthened and matured, and through their mentorship, I am able to confidently continue this lifelong journey of learning!’

Composer
Composition (Oboe), B.M. '11

My time at Biola prepared me for life as a young composer in more ways than one. My mentors gave me priceless guidance, both artistic and practical, in succeeding as a professional musician. I know I can approach any new project, commission, or collaboration with confidence because of what I learned at the Biola Conservatory. ’

Composer, Pianist, Educator
Composition and Performance (Piano), B.M.

My experience as a student at Biola was transformative, both musically and spiritually. The first-rate music faculty was nurturing and supportive of me, even years after I graduated. I am blessed to have made friends with students and faculty who continue to enrich my life.’

Composer
Composition (Violin), B.M.

In the composition department at Biola, you can tailor your education to what fits your interests. Since I was particularly interested in writing for musical theatre, I spent much of my time during my last year honing my songwriting skills. Although I focused more on composing for theatre, I felt like my experience studying composition at Biola was very well rounded and I had the chance to write in many genres and for many instruments/ensembles as well.’

Grammy Award Winning Performing Artist, Actress, Songwriter
Composition (Keyboard and Voice), B.M. '05

Everywhere you go, you wear your faith. When you have the Holy Spirit, when you have that core, it doesn’t falter. No matter what major, what classes you’re in or what you’re studying, soak it up. It’s what shapes you... Soak up the serenity, those peaceful places on campus. Once you leave, you have to be a lot more intentional.’

Baritone, Composer, Educator
Composition (Voice), B.M. '13

My experiences at Biola - especially those with applied faculty - helped me solidify the connection and intersection that is present between my craft as a musician, and my identity as a child of God. As I return to join the applied voice faculty, I hope that I can help my students identify the same crucial intersection that has informed my own musical preparation and performance.’

Musician
Music Composition, B.M. '16

Biola gave me many vital life skills that transferred over into my career. Biola also directly prepared me for grad school at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. The mentors and teachers I met at Biola pushed me toward good and challenging things in my life. My education in La Mirada taught me to think for myself, try hard at what I’m good at, and to go through the doors that God opens for me.’

Student, USC Thonton School of Music
Music Composition, B.M. '19

While the academic training here at Biola is the primary focus, practical business and interpersonal relationship training is paramount for success in the “real world.” The staff and faculty here have provided mentorship and biblical guidance in addition to knowledge of theory and composition that has developed my character as well as my craft. Without this, I would be simply a determined, but misguided, young mind, lost in pipe dreams.’

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