Composer Lab & Workshop

Nashville Symphony Composer Lab & Workshop is an opportunity for young composers to hear their music performed by the Nashville Symphony, receive mentoring and feedback from orchestra professionals, and potentially earn a performance of their work on the Nashville Symphony’s Classical Series.

The next call for submissions will be announced in early 2019.

On November 13-15, 2017, the Nashville Symphony hosted its second Composer Lab and Workshop, featuring four promising young composers from across the U.S. Click the photos below to learn more about each composer and their selected works: 

Each of these composers was selected following a nationwide call for submissions and an intensive evaluation process.  

Led by Nashville Symphony Music Director Giancarlo Guerrero and Workshop Director Aaron Jay Kernis, the program seeks to discover the next generation of outstanding American composers by providing them with the opportunity to develop their talents, gain hands-on experience working with a major American orchestra, and showcase their work for a live audience. This program to identify and celebrate emerging talent is among the most comprehensive of its kind anywhere in the United States.

During their visit, all four Composer Lab fellows participate in a hands-on learning experience with workshop sessions covering key aspects of composing, performing and music industry practices, including: 

  • Reading sessions with the Nashville Symphony
  • Individual mentoring sessions with Giancarlo Guerrero and Aaron Jay Kernis
  • Meetings with composers and other classical music professionals
  • Group meetings with Nashville Symphony musicians to sharpen instrumental writing
  • A “Business Essentials for Composers” briefing, covering copyrights, licenses, contracts and negotiations, commissions, publishing and more

“This program is an important part of the Symphony’s long-standing commitment to promote the creation of new, forward-thinking American music,” says Giancarlo Guerrero. “Each of these gifted artists represents the vibrancy and diversity of our country today, and each is helping to shape the sound of orchestral music in the 21st century. We’re so thrilled to welcome them to Nashville and to help them take the next step in their careers — and we invite the community to hear what we believe will be the classics of the future.”

With Support From

Tennessee Arts Commission