Jared Miller – Ricochet – Reverb – Repeat
SiHyun Uhm Ladybug in the Room
Brian Raphael Nabors Pulse for orchestra
Niloufar Nourbakhsh Knell
Jack Frerer On-Again, Off-Again

Hear the sounds of tomorrow — right here and now — at the Nashville Symphony's Composer Lab & Workshop, featuring five up-and-coming composers selected from a nationwide call for submissions. At this free open rehearsal, you're invited to hear these brilliant musicians’ work performed live. 

While in Nashville, participating composers will take part in a comprehensive program, led by Symphony music director Giancarlo Guerrero and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Aaron Jay Kernis, educating them on every facet of working with a major American orchestra. This program to identify and celebrate emerging talent is among the most comprehensive of its kind anywhere in the United States.

This event is free and open to the public, but you must have a ticket to attend.

About Composer Lab

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.


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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