Composition students' works have received awards such as ASCAP Morton Gould Awards, Fulbright Fellowships, ISCM, Alea III International Competition, and Aspen Music Festival Fellowships, among others. Their works have been performed by groups such as Hilliard Ensemble, Philadelphia Orchestra, Denver Symphony, Ensemble Hex (Netherlands), and the Ciompi Quartet. Their compositions have been performed at the Underwood New Music Reading Sessions by the American Composers Orchestra, NYC, and they regularly attend festivals such as Bang on A Can, Darmstadt​, Gaudeamus International Festival, and June in Buffalo.

Musicology students have won Fulbright Fellowships, Mellon Fellowships, American Musicological Society AMS 50 Dissertation Awards, the AMS Howard Mayer Brown Award, IFK Fellowships (Vienna)​, and the SSCM Irene Alm Award, among others.