We have two core programs:
LUNA COMPOSITION LAB FELLOWSHIP
Luna Composition Lab’s signature program—the Luna Lab Fellowship—offers six young composers one-on-one mentorship with professional composers annually. The Luna Lab Fellowship includes:
- Eight months of mentorship with an acclaimed female, nonbinary, or gender-nonconforming composer;
- Opportunities to have an original work workshopped, premiered, and recorded by professional musicians from our Ensemble in Residence who are among the most recognized in the new-music field;
- A culminating weeklong festival in New York City filled with inspirational masterclasses led by individuals such as Renée Fleming, Anthony McGill, Tania León, Jennifer Koh, Jeanine Tesori, and Zackary Drucker, networking events, professional development activities, and a high-profile public concert during which fellows’ pieces are premiered;
- Instant access to a strong and supportive network of professional performers, composers, and cultural leaders; as well as
- Meaningful opportunities to connect with other aspiring young female, nonbinary, and gender-nonconforming composers.
ADVENTURES IN SOUND: BEGINNING COMPOSITION
Adventures in Sound is a series of group online composition courses open to female, nonbinary, and gender-nonconforming young musicians ages 13-18 who are eager to learn more about music. The courses are designed for beginners to intermediate musicians and creative thinkers.
- The first semester—Composers’ Toolkit—focuses on notation and basic music theory for those looking to expand their compositional palette.
- The second semester—Exploring Inspiration—centers around applied compositional practices including writing for instruments, film, installations, electronics, and beyond.
- Each semester concludes with a reading session where student works are performed and recorded by professional musicians from our Ensemble in Residence.
Luna Composition Lab is a platform for a successful and well-balanced career in the arts. Alumni of the fellowship program have gone on to receive national awards, attend the nation’s top colleges and conservatories, and receive commissions from renowned chamber ensembles and orchestras. 75% of the program’s alumni in college are studying composition, and 100% are involved in music.
In 2022–23 Luna Lab collaborated with The Cincinnati Symphony for its largest commissioning initiative to date. The May Festival’s 25 for 25: A New Time for Choral Music, commissioned 25 alumni of the fellowship program for this project that honors the May Festival’s storied history of commissioning new works and celebrates their 150th Anniversary Season. New choral works written by Luna Lab alumni will be premiered by Greater Cincinnati choral ensembles throughout spring 2023.