Department of Music

Bachelor of Music in Composition

Dr. Andrew Rindfleisch, Program Coordinator
Dr. Greg D’Alessio
Dr. Eric Ziolek

The Bachelor of Music degree is designed to accommodate a wide spectrum of student interests and experience within a rigorous, yet supportive program of study. While composition lessons are balanced with group seminars, master-classes, and workshops, students also pursue intensive training in Harmony, Musicianship, Orchestration and Electronic/Computer Music. Career development is an emphasized portion of the curriculum as all undergraduate composers are encouraged to take advantage of the many unprecedented performance and professional development opportunities available to them at Cleveland State.

For more information (such as degree requirements and course descriptions) visit the online Undergraduate Catalog, or view a pdf version of the Department of Music's Undergraduate Handbook.

Cleveland Contemporary Players

Founded by Professor Andrew Rindfleisch, the Cleveland Contemporary Players is an organization dedicated to issues relevant to contemporary music and culture, championing the living creative artist, and supporting, with great commitment, American music.

A vital component to the Composition curriculum at CSU, the Cleveland Contemporary Players bring into residence renowned visiting artists, Pulitzer Prize-winning composers, and virtuoso ensembles to interact with students, while also presenting free concerts to the public. Through the Cleveland Contemporary Players, CSU student composers receive a unique opportunity to hear their works performed and recorded by resident guest artists, participate in master-classes, attend lectures, and even receive private lessons from important visiting composers.

Residencies of acclaimed artists in contemporary music occur up to eight times per academic year, making the composition program at CSU one of the most active in the United States. Through the Cleveland Contemporary Players, this unusual program of study expands the educational environment, creating new and meaningful musical connections to the world of contemporary music culture, promoting interest and involvement in living music.

Music Composition Resource Center

Designed by Professor Andrew Rindfleisch, and opened in 2005, the CSU Music Composition Resource Center is housed in a large, spacious studio in the Music Department and serves as a one-of-a kind professional development center for use by undergraduate and graduate students studying music composition at Cleveland State.

Here, composition students are provided with a state-of-the-art digital photocopy machine, multiple binding machines and supplies, multiple CD recording units, unlimited blank CD’s, unlimited mailing envelopes, computers with notation software programs, and all the supplies necessary to assist them in the pursuit of a career as a composer. The Music Composition Resource Center will aid the student in all the following areas:

  • Professional production of musical scores
  • Professional production of recordings
  • Application to fellowship and grant foundations
  • Application to graduate schools
  • Application to summer festivals
  • Sending work to performers and ensembles
  • Giving students the ability to effectively network within the profession
Emphasizing career development, the Music Composition Resource Center remains an unprecedented aspect to composition studies at Cleveland State University and is one of the only such Centers in the country.

Electronic and Computer Music at Cleveland State

Computer-based technology is the single most rapidly increasing element of contemporary life, and the composition program at Cleveland State is designed to instruct and prepare students to operate within the context of the very best available current technology. The electronic and computer music facilities at CSU, designed by Professor Greg D’Alessio, contain a wide range of significant new technology for the creation of computer and electro-acoustic music. The beginning “macromusic” laboratory contains over 15 Macintosh-based Midi stations. The intermediate studio is equipped with two Midi/audio work-stations with multiple synthesizers and software synthesis applications designed to assist student composers in the initial stages of experimentation. The advanced studio contains both an extensive Midi station as well as a dedicated multi-track digital audio station. All instruction is grounded in aesthetic as well as technological concerns. Performance opportunities are also available as concerts of electronic and electro-acoustic music are given regularly.


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Mailing Address
Cleveland State University
College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
Department of Music
2121 Euclid Avenue, MU 332
Cleveland, OH 44115-2214
Campus Location
Music and Communication
Building, Room 332
2001 Euclid Avenue
Kate Bill
Phone: 216.687.5039
Fax: 216.687.9279
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