Dr. Edward Knight was appointed director of music composition and composer-in-residence at at Oklahoma City University in 1997.
Upon his arrival, he founded OCU’s Project 21: Music for the 21st Century, whose student-members have hosted the Society of Composers, Inc. and created and premiered more than 850 works to date.
OCU's student composers exemplify the versatility that the Bass School endeavors to instill in its graduates. They receive a strong technical grounding and are encouraged to write for a variety of ensembles and mediums including orchestra, chamber, musical theater, dance, and multimedia.
Graduates of the program have successful careers in the field and have been accepted to the composition programs at Juilliard, Yale University, Manhattan School of Music, New England Conservatory, USC’s Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television Program, NYU's Graduate Musical Theater Writing Program, San Francisco Conservatory, Cal Arts, University of Texas at Austin, University of Michigan, University of California at Santa Barbara, Ithaca College, Carnegie Mellon, University of Arizona, Bowling Green, University of Louisville, Florida State University, and at the United Kingdom's Cambridge University and London’s Royal College of Music, among others.
Project 21: Music for the 21st Century
At the Wanda L. Bass School of Music, Oklahoma City Univeristy