Apply Now! Deadline is September 7, 2021, at 5 pm Pacific Time

The Oregon Symphony is thrilled to announce its partnership with Luna Composition Lab, ( a program that provides mentorship and performance opportunities to young composers who are female-identifying, non-binary or gender nonconforming. Luna Composition Lab, the only program of its kind in the US, was founded by composers Missy Mazzoli and Ellen Reid in collaboration with Face the Music at the Kaufman Music Center, and has garnered attention from The New York TimesMusical America, and other outlets.

Luna Composition Lab acts as a platform for a career in the arts and seeks to combat long-standing sexism in the field of classical music composition. Alumnae have been commissioned to compose for the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Opera Omaha, and members of the Louisville Symphony, and the works of the Luna Lab fellows have been recorded by the International Contemporary Ensemble and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.

For the Oregon Symphony’s eight-month satellite program during the 2021-2022 academic year, we will select one female-identifying, non-binary, or gender nonconforming student between the ages of 12 and 18 living in Oregon or SW Washington.


•              One-on-one mentorship and bi-weekly online lessons with Grammy-nominated singer, flutist, and composer, Nathalie Joachim( from October 1, 2021 – May 1, 2022. In her role as Artistic Partner in the newly formed Oregon Symphony “Creative Alliance”, Nathalie Joachim will perform her World Premiere arrangement “Suite from Fanm d’Ayiti” with the orchestra June 4 – 6, 2022.

•              The premiere performance of a new work, created throughout the mentorship, in Portland in spring 2022, performed by 5 – 8 Oregon Symphony musicians. A final score of the new work will be due March 15, 2022, with drafts of the work-in-progress due on December 1, 2021, and February 1, 2022.

•              Invitation to monthly online master classes and other professional development opportunities. Past master classes have included events with figures like Renee Fleming, Julia Wolfe, Du Yun, Rebekah Heller, Jennifer Koh, and Caroline Shaw.

•              Instant access to a network of professional performers and composers as well as the chance to meet other aspiring young female-identifying, non-binary, and gender nonconforming composers.


1.            Complete the attached application form. (

2.            Submit a score and its recording (if one is available, MIDI is acceptable) of one original composition via email to Monica Hayes at  Any instrumentation is acceptable, this is not the piece that you will develop over the course of the fellowship but rather a piece you have already written.

Due date is September 7, 2021, at 5pm Pacific Time.


Must be a female-identifying, non-binary, or gender nonconforming composition student between the ages of 12 and 18 living in Oregon or SW Washington. For further questions about eligibility, contact Monica Hayes at


Nathalie Joachim is a Grammy-nominated flutist, composer, and vocalist. She joins the Oregon Symphony this season as an Artistic Partner in the Oregon Symphony’s “Creative Alliance”, made up of six extraordinary artists. This wide-ranging coalition of cultural thought-leaders and musical innovators will bring their unique perspective to the stage and our community throughout this season. Nathalie will share her own music that explores her Haitian heritage. (

We uphold and embrace principles of inclusivity and equity in all our programming, for all our members and the community, in terms of gender, race, age, location, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, socio-economic status and artistic practice.