UVA’s CCT Program explores and develops innovative compositional practices combining instrumental composition, electro-acoustics, computation, and multimedia. CCT is a PhD program, a suite of undergraduate courses, a cluster of studios, and an annual festival series. Classes include large, non-major courses such as Technosonics, Digital Sound Art Composition, and Make Rock; Major-level introduction courses in computer music, composition, and ecoacoustics; and advanced seminars on topics such as interactive media, computer sound generation, multimedia, instrumental and choral composition, studio production, audio engineering, telematics, and spatial processing. Students compose intensively and undertake analysis and research projects relevant to their practice with the guidance and support of faculty.

Workshops & Talks

CCT Students, Faculty, and Staff frequently present their work both in Charlottesville and beyond. The DIY Electronics Group holds open workshops weekly, visiting ensembles and composers lead workshops on their practice, and there are performance/lectures throughout the year. The Ph.D. program regularly brings special guests in to discuss their work with the public. Recent visitors include Kojiro Umezaki, Carla Scaletti, Annie Gosfield, George Lewis, Dan Trueman, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, Brenda Hutchinshon, The Books, and Betsey Biggs. Furthermore, the Music Department hosts an extended Artist in Residence every three years. Past Residents include Phillip Glass, Meredith Monk, Bobby McFerrin, Bang on a Can, Herbie Hancock, Fred Frith, and many others.

CCTs Mentors Program

Undergraduate students interested in Composition and Computer Technologies have the opportunity to work one-on-one with CCT Ph.D. students through the Composition Mentors Program. This program allows undergraduates to reap the benefits of individualized mentorship and instruction in composition and related disciplines, along with artistic and career advice, and provides graduate students with valuable experience critiquing and analyzing student work. All participants in the program meet together monthly for informal group feedback sessions, where graduate and undergraduate composers present their works-in-progress and offer feedback to each other.


UVA Department of Music
112 Old Cabell Hall
P.O. Box 400176 Charlottesville, VA 22904-4176

Email: music@virginia.edu