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The 2018-19 Fellows will be announced soon!

Congratulations to Luna Lab co-founder Missy Mazzoli on being one of the first two women to be commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera! Read about it in the New York Times.


Luna Composition Lab continues to advocate for their alumni. Through the Luna Lab network, alumna Maya Johnson was commissioned by the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra to compose a piece for their 2018-2019 season. She will be one of the youngest commission ever awarded by the SPCO. Recent alumni Michelle David and Violet Barnum are collaborating with the New York-based ensemble Contemporaneous. David’s piece premiered at National Sawdust, and Barnum’s piece will premiere next year.

Luna Composition Lab in the News

5 Questions to Reena Esmail (composer, singer, multi-instrumentalist)
I Care If You Listen, Gemma Peacocke, 11/13/18

An Opera Reaches the American Dream's Brooding Heart
Review of Missy Mazzoli's "Proving Up"
The New York Times, Zachary Woolfe, 9/27/18

The Met is Creating New Operas (Including Its First by Women)
The New York Times, Michael Cooper, 9/23/18

After Two Hit Operas, a Composer Takes on the Bleak Prairie
The New York Times, Zachary Woolfe, 9/7/18

Q&A with Composer Missy Mazzoli - On the Importance of Mentoring Young Women Composers
WRTI, Meridee Duddleston, 6/6/18

5 Questions to Ellen Reid (Composer, Co-founder of Luna Composition Lab)
I Care If You Listen, Rebecca Lentjes, 6/12/18

This Musician Is Dedicated to Gender Equality in Her Male-Dominated Field
Forbes, MeiMei Fox, 3/22/18 (pdf version)

This Beaverton teen doesn't just play in an orchestra - she also composes for it
The Oregonian/Oregon Live, Brett Campbell, 2/25/18

16-year-old Utah musician - and conductor - heading to New York for prestigious fellowship
The Deseret News, Hailey Dixon, 2/20/18

2018 Luna Lab Fellow Katie Palka will premiere her piece "Breathing Earth" on March 4 with the Metropolitan Youth Symphony in Portland, Oregon. The piece addresses our human connection to the environment and the interconnectedness of all living things.

2017 Luna Lab alumna Sofia Belimova performed her work at the 2018 Composers Now Festival opening event on January 30 at NYC's The Jazz Gallery.

Steeped in Guns N' Roses and Philip Glass, Missy Mazzoli is a Leading Composer of Her Generation
The Washington Post, Anne Midgette, 1/12/18

Paving the Way for a Future of Female Composers
KUSC, Brian Lauritzen, 10/15/17

"We cannot live in a world that is not our own, in a world that is interpreted for us by others. An interpreted world is not a home. Part of the terror is to take back our own listening, to use our own voice, to see our own light."   - Hildegard von Bingen, 10th century composer & philosopher