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Listen. Hear. Be Heard.

Push the boundaries of music and the arts at Mills through one of the three music graduate programs led by our faculty’s internationally renowned composers, musicians, and scholars. Explore your unique musical voice in a community dedicated to creative experimentation.

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MFA in Electronic Music & Recording Media

Produce work at the vanguard of electronic music, the recording arts, and experimental media through this program supported by the Center for Contemporary Music.

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MFA in Music Performance & Literature

Master a broad range of repertoires and techniques. Choose to focus on improvisation or performance of composed music.


MA in Composition

Develop your distinct creative voice as you cross disciplinary boundaries, work with other composers and musicians, and join an experimentalist tradition.

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Faculty Artists & Scholars

Learn from and collaborate with gifted composers, performers, and scholars who share an ethos of creative openness and dedication to their students.

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Center for Contemporary Music

This leading center for musical innovation offers a creative community as well as 24/7 access to studios and technology for recording, editing, rehearsing, and experimenting.

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Concerts & Performances

Perform with Mills ensembles and hear experimental, world, and traditional Western art music during our annual concert series and music symposia.

Signal Flow Festival of New Media & Sound Art

Emerging & Established Musicians

Holly Herndon, MFA ’10

Computer-based composer, musician, and sound artist

Records include Platform (label: 4AD), Chorus, and Movement (label: RVNG Intl)

Cenk Ergün, MA ’02, MFA ’03
Improviser and composer for chamber ensembles, live electronics, and dance performances

Records include Nana (label: Carrier) and The Art of the Fluke with Alvin Curran (label: Tear)

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Littlefield Concert Hall

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