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Luna Composition Lab - A Partnership with Face the Music

Click here or below to watch Face the Music perform three pieces by the 2017 Luna Lab Fellows at the Q2 Music studio with host John Schaefer on June 14. Luna Lab co-founders Missy Mazzoli and Ellen Reid stop by to talk about the genesis of the project.

Click here or below to view photos from the June 12 concert at Roulette.

Luna Composition Lab 2017

Luna Composition Lab aims to close the gender gap in the world of music composition by providing mentorship and opportunities for young female composers.

Kaufman Music Center has teamed up with acclaimed composers Missy Mazzoli, Ellen Reid, Reena Esmail and Kristin Kuster to launch Luna Composition Lab, a new program intended to inspire girls and young women to compose. 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 biweekly 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.

“Young women in their teens have few female composer role models, and are, in both direct and subtle ways, discouraged from entering the field,” says Luna Composition Lab co-founders Missy Mazzoli and Ellen Reid. “We believe that by connecting young women with established female professionals we can provide positive role models, foster confidence, and give these young women an outlet for unique self-expression.”

Luna Composition Lab is divided into three cycles within Face the Music's own season.  Over the course of the three cycles, young female composers will create a new piece of music to be performed at a concert the end of the third cycle.

First Cycle | Exploration: November - December
The mentors and mentees will meet via Skype or another online platform every two weeks for 45 minutes. The work of this cycle centers around sonic exploration and education. Through early sketches, conversations, directed listening and score study, the composition teacher will guide the student in the early stages of exploring a new sonic landscape that will develop into a piece.

Second Cycle | Workshop: January - March
The mentor and mentee will continue their bi-monthly meetings that will shift the focus to more tangible results. In this cycle, the Luna Composition Lab participant will hear the sketches of her composition realized through a series of workshops with Face the Music ensembles. The workshops will help illuminate what areas of the new piece need work. The mentor will work with the young composer to move the piece toward a state of completion during this cycle.

Third Cycle | Refinement / Performance: April - June
At the beginning of this cycle, the Luna Composition Lab participant must have a first draft. The focus of this cycle will be toward refining the piece for the concert at the end of the term. The mentor will give directed feedback to coach the student toward the best possible end result. The Luna Composition Lab participant will be able to make two revisions before the final score is due. The third cycle will culminate in a concert where all Luna Composition Lab students will be able to hear their work realized at the highest level.

Students meet via Skype or in person with one of the following composers for lessons twice a month:

Supplemental meetings are available with: Kristin Kuster.

Any composer eighth grade to rising college freshman who identifies as female or gender non-conforming.

Apply through Face the Music's Call for Scores! program.
Submit a score via email to facethemusic@kaufmanmusiccenter.org.
The fall 2017 deadline for the 2017-18 program will be announced soon.

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 
  • $360 Performance Program Tuition
  • $160 Call for Scores! Application Fee
  • = $560 total

To apply for Financial Aid, call the Registrar's Office at 212.501.3364 or 212.501.3360

Luna Composition Lab is made possible with generous support from The Cheswatyr Foundation and additional support from The Witherspoon Fund

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