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2021-22 Season

2021-22 Season

Applications are currently open for the Luna Lab Fellowship and the new composition course, Adventures in Sound: Beginning Composition. Learn more and apply.

Adventures in Sound is specifically for students who are just beginning their compositional journey and may not be quite ready to apply for our Fellowship program. This may include students who have musical training but have not yet created their own music, students who have created music but not yet written a completely notated piece, or students who are looking to expand their compositional palette. The course will meet twice a month via an online platform. 

Luna Composition Lab welcomes four new mentors in the 2021–2022 season: Clarice Assad, inti figgis-vizueta, Veronika Krausas, and Dawn Norfleet. They will join Valerie Coleman and Alex Temple, who are returning for their second year of mentorship. Applications are currently open and Fellows will be announced in early October.

Throughout the season Luna Lab will hold virtual master classes that will be open to the public. This year’s classes will be led by violist Nadia Sirota, flutist Allison Loggins-Hull, and more. Register for these classes by emailing Alyssa Kayser-Hirsh at  

The 2021–2022 season will culminate in a weeklong festival in April 2022, with more information to come.

2020-21 Season

In the 2020-2021 season Luna Composition Lab expanded to include 6 Fellows who were mentored by composers Valerie Coleman, Kristin Kuster, Tamar Muskal, Ellen Reid, Gity Razaz, and Alex Temple

Throughout the season Fellows participated in virtual masterclasses with flutist and composer Valerie Coleman, composer, conductor, and educator Tania León, composer inti figgis-vizueta, and the International Contemporary Ensemble, among others. 

The 2020–2021 season featured a weeklong festival in April, 2021, where Fellows participated in masterclasses with prominent composers and musicians Andrew Yee, Aeryn Santillan, Fernanda Aoki Navarro, Jeanine Tesori, Breanna Sinclaire, Anna Meredith, and Zackary Drucker; and engaged in conversations with leaders in the arts Anne Leilehua Lanzilotti, Peggy Monastra, and Melissa Ngan. The Fellows premiered their new works, composed throughout their fellowship, on April 27, 2021. Watch the performance on Facebook or YouTube.

2019-20 Season

During the 2019–2020 season, Luna Composition Lab Fellows were mentored by composers Reena Esmail, Kristin Kuster, Tamar Muskal, Ellen Reid and Gity Razaz.  

The 2019–2020 season featured an online festival held in April, 2020. Fellows participated in masterclasses with composers Sarah Hennies, Caroline Shaw, and Nathalie Joachim; violinist Jennifer Koh; and harpist Ashley Jackson; and experienced workshops with leaders in the arts from G. Schirmer, Inc., Calliope PR, The Metropolitan Opera, The Kennedy Center, National Sawdust, OneBeat and more. Musicians from the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) recorded new works by the 2019-2020 Fellows in Fall 2020.


Above left: 2019-20 Fellows, Mentors, and Staff during the online festival  
Above right: Presentation by harpist Ashley Jackson during the online festival

Luna Composition Lab partnered with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra to launch Luna Lab with LACO in the 2019-20 season, which provided mentorship and performance opportunities to young female, non-binary, and gender nonconforming composers from Southern California throughout Spring 2020. As part of this partnership, Luna Composition Lab Fellows and LACO participants attended interactive panel discussions on film composition—with Jeff Beal and Kathryn Bostic—and leadership in the arts—with Jean Davidson, Meghan Martineau, Derrick Spiva Jr., and Jenny WongMore details.