• Hamline student and faculty working on composition


    Choose any of our three composition courses – Jazz, Classical, Popular – to suit your interest. Weekly individual lessons with one of our top-notch composition teachers will focus and guide your creative process.

    Examples of Work by Student Composers

Jeff Mund '19 recorded an album of original jazz compositions with his Hamline jazz quartet for his senior project.

Danielle Jagelski '15 composed Alleluia No. 1 which was selected by the "First Readings Project” to receive a premiere in Minneapolis.

    Andrew Brady '14 composed an underscore to the Hamline Theatre's production of Hamlet for his Music Honors Project. Andrew was also commissioned to write a choral piece for the 2015 graduation ceremonies.

    Steven Gernes '10 went on to graduate school at USC in Film Scoring. Visit his website.

    Meet our Teachers

    Jazz Composition
    Zacc Harris, jazz composer and guitarist, was hailed by City Pages as the 2011 Best Jazz Artist and by the Star Tribune as 2012 Best Jazz Artist; Harris also won a McKnight Performing Artist Fellowship in 2015. The Zacc Harris Group is dedicated to performing his original compositions and arrangements. Composing platforms: primarily guitar, bass, piano. Visit zaccharris.com.

    Sound Design and Classical Composition
    Janika Vandervelde is a prolific published composer - Wikipedia notes more than 100 works to her name – with many commissioned works and collaborative projects, and multiple Bush Artist Fellowships and McKnight Foundation Composition Fellowships. She taught composition at Perpich Center for Arts Education and, with support from the American Composers Forum, developed a curriculum for computer-based composition classes. Frequently Vandervelde’s compositions use environmental and/or feminist themes. Composing platforms: primarily computer and piano. Visit janikavandervelde.com.

    Popular Composition
    David Crittenden, classical guitarist and composer, is equal parts performer, composer and teacher. Crittenden was a member of the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet for ten years and the group continues to perform and record his compositions. Composing platforms: guitar, voice, piano, and computer.
    Visit davidcrittendenmusic.com.