Luna Composition Lab

It is with much excitement that we announce the third season of Luna Composition Lab, a program that provides mentorship and performance opportunities to young female composers. Luna Composition Lab was founded by composers Missy Mazzoli and Ellen Reid in collaboration with Face the Music at the Kaufman Center, and garnered attention from the New York Times, Musical America, and other outlets in its first two seasons. Luna Composition Lab acts as a platform for a career in the arts. Alumni have been commissioned to compose for the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Opera Omaha, and members of the Louisville Symphony, and have made connections within the contemporary music community (at the Metropolitan Opera, BAM, and Beth Morrison Projects, among others) during their week of activities in New York City.

“I am very grateful that Luna Lab has introduced me to a vibrant community of other young female composers. The masterclasses I attend outside of the Lab mostly consist of male students and teachers, so the Luna Lab community encouragingly defies the status quo. I am also really excited to hear my piece performed live; it is often hard for young composers to get to hear their pieces in real time. Having a live recording of my favorite piece in my portfolio will also be really useful for future composition competition applications, leading, in turn, to more opportunities on the horizon.” — Carolina Bragg, 2017-2018 Fellow

Luna Composition Lab provides aspiring young female composers with:

One-on-one mentorship and bi-weekly Skype lessons with an established female composer from November 1 – June 30

Performance opportunity in New York City as part of the Face the Music concert season

A week of masterclasses, workshops, backstage tours, concerts, and networking events in New York City

High-quality recordings of their work

Participation in rehearsals and coachings at the Kaufman Music Center through Face the Music

Instant access to a network of professional performers and composers as well as the chance to meet other aspiring young female composers

Mentors participating in Luna Lab this season are Reena Esmail, Kristin Kuster, Tamar Muskal, Gity Razaz, and Ellen Reid

Partnerships with New Amsterdam Records, National Sawdust, New York Philharmonic's Young Composer Program, and the Contemporaneous Ensemble

Luna Lab Fellows will work with a mentor to create a new work that will premiere in New York City the first week of May, 2019. All Fellows are required to be at the premiere in New York. (Travel stipends are available.) A final score of the new work will be due March 15, 2019, with drafts of the work-in-progress due on January 15, 2019 and February 15, 2019.


1. Register for the Call for Scores program by calling 212-501-3360. There is a $40 registration fee.

2. Submit a score (and a recording if one is available, MIDI is acceptable) of one original composition via email to

Due date is October 22, 2018.

Accepted fellows will be notified by October 29, 2018.


Applicants should be in 8th grade – first year of college.

Applicants must be self identified female or gender non-conforming.

Composers who have already participated in Luna Lab are asked to wait a year before applying again.

For questions about eligibility, contact Alyssa Kayser-Hirsh, Operations and Development Manager, at

If travel costs to New York City pose a financial challenge, please still apply. While we cannot guarantee that we will cover all travel costs, funding is available to help facilitate Fellows’ attendance at the premiere of their work. Requests will be considered on the basis of need and available funding.

To learn more about being a part of Luna Composition Lab, please visit our website at

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