Luna Composition Lab - Call For Scores

Kaufman Music Center has teamed up with acclaimed composers Missy Mazzoli, Ellen Reid, Reena Esmail, Kristin Kuster and and Tamar Muskal to launch the second year of Luna Composition Lab, a program intended to inspire girls and young women to compose. In it’s first year the program garnered attention from the New York Times, Musical America and other outlets, fostered the creation of three ambitious new works by our fellows, and culminated in a sold-out concert of their works at Brooklyn venue Roulette. Encouraged by this successful launch, Luna Lab has expanded to include five young composers and five mentors, and has expanded its scope to include promising young female composers from all over the country.

Female composers continue to make up the small minority of professional composers who are consistently performed, recorded and celebrated. We experience a lack of role models and a lack of encouragement to compose at an early age. To address this gender imbalance, Luna Composition Lab provides aspiring young female composers with:

One-on-one mentorship and bimonthy lessons with an established female composer
Performance opportunity in New York City as part of the Face the Music concert season
High-quality recording of their work
Instant access to a network of professional performers and composers as well as the chance to meet other aspiring young female composers.

Any composer eighth grade to rising college freshman who identifies as female or gender non-conforming. Composers who have already participated in Luna Lab are asked to wait a year before applying again.

Register for the Call for Scores program by calling the 212 501 3360. There is a $40 registration fee. If selected, there is a $560 tuition fee. (Full and partial scholarships are available to qualified students.)
Submit a score (and a recording if one is available, MIDI is acceptable) of one original composition via email to Accepted fellows will be notified by Nov 6, 2017.
Questions? Email

Luna Composition Lab members pay and participate in the same way as other Face the Music Composer-Performers. All students must participate in the Performance Program. Luna Lab members must rehearse and perform in one Face the Music piece other than their own.

$40 Registration Fee
$400 Performance Program Tuition
$160 Call for Scores! Application Fee
= $600 total


27 Oct 2017
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