The application deadline for winter/spring has been extended to Friday, December 6!

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra is proud to partner with Luna Composition Lab, a unique program that provides mentorship and performance opportunities to young composers who are female-identifying, non-binary or gender non-conforming. The new LACO/Luna partnership, based in LA and dubbed Luna Lab with LACO, will provide mentorship and performance opportunities to young female-identifying composers from Southern California.

The application deadline for winter/spring 2020 is Dec 1, 2019.

This deadline has been extended.


Founded in 2016 by composers Ellen Reid and Missy Mazzoli with NYC’s Kaufman Music Center, Luna Composition Lab features one-on-one mentorship and culminates in a week of activities in New York City, which includes attending performances, networking events, and masterclasses with inspirational figures such as Renée Fleming, composers Julia Wolfe and Du Yun, oboist Toyin Spellman-Diaz and violinist Jennifer Koh.

Luna Lab alumni 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 International Contemporary Ensemble.

Luna Composition Lab was nominated for the 2019 Classical:NEXT Innovation Award. The program has garnered attention from The New York Times, The New Yorker, NPR, Forbes and The Washington Post.

Learn more about Luna Lab at

Apply to Luna Lab with LACO at

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