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 a future Nashville Symphony program.

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. The Lab & Workshop is a natural outgrowth of the Nashville Symphony’s longstanding commitment to promoting and cultivating American music.

Applications for the 2019 Composer Lab & Workshop are now closed.

During their visit, 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. 

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