Loyola professor writing notes on a whiteboard in a theory/composition class

The music composition program is designed to prepare students for graduate work in composition or for freelance work as composers, copyists, or arrangers. The curriculum includes a strong emphasis on analog and digital synthesis and on current computer applications for the preparation of musical scores. Additional course work is available in recording technologies. 

Bachelor of Music in Composition

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Dr. James MacKay
Coordintor of the Composition program at the Loyola School of Music. If you have any questions about the program, contact him at or (504) 865-2595.

Dr. Janna Saslaw
Student Composer's Forum, Theory III-IV, Form & Analysis I-II

Dr. James Walsh
Private Composition Lessons

Dr. Louise LaBruyère
Student Composer's Forum, Piano I-II, Theory I-II

Dr. William Horne
Counterpoint, Orchestration

Recent Graduates

Alex Burtzos
DMA in composition, Manhattan School of Music

Joshua Eustis
Member of Nine Inch Nails, and Telefon Tel Aviv

Ryan Olivier
PHD in composition, Temple University

Sarah Ann Phillips
MM in composition, California Institute of the Arts

Joseph Shirley
Film composer, co-owner Magnolia Music House, Cardinal Sons (band)

Ransom Prestridge
MM in composition, Peabody Institute

William Reed
Music Department chair, Wooster School, Danbury, CT

Jason Sagebiel
MA in composition, Queens College, NY; owner of Sage Music; Orchestra Director of the New York Guitar Ensemble