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Luna Composition Lab applications are open each year from August 15–September 15. To apply, please follow the two steps outlined here. For eligibility requirements, tuition and financial aid information see below. All applicants will be notified by the end of September, and mentorship will begin in October.

The Toulmin Luna Composition Lab Fellowship at Special Music School High School


Complete the Online Application Form.
The 2021-22 Application Form will be posted here in August 2021.


Send a score and recording (midi is fine) to Alyssa Kayser-Hirsh, Program Manager, at


  • Applicants should be age 12-18 (priority is given to students who have not attended college) 
  • Applicants must be self-identified female, gender nonconforming or non-binary composers 

For questions about eligibility, contact Alyssa Kayser-Hirsh, Program Manager, at

Tuition for Luna Composition Lab is $600. Scholarships are available for students who demonstrate financial need. If travel costs to New York City pose a financial challenge, please still apply. While we cannot guarantee that we will cover all travel costs, funding is available to help facilitate Fellows’ attendance at the premiere of their work. Requests will be considered on the basis of need and available funding.

The Toulmin Luna Composition Lab Fellowship at Special Music School High School
This Fellowship supports the work of one female, non-binary, or gender nonconforming composer at SMS High School. Marina Zurita McKinnon (Class of 2022) is the inaugural recipient of this award, which underwrites both her curricular music education at SMS and her mentorship through Luna Composition Lab during the 2020-21 academic year. Hear Marina's work premiered in Merkin Hall on April 27.