composer teaching fellow

LACO expands its artistic footprint in composition by training the next generation of teaching artists with mentorship by established professional composers. Through planned curriculum and school visits, three Composer Teaching Artist Fellows will provide opportunities for exploration, exposure and education of composition to elementary students in the Los Angeles area.
Derrick Spiva, LACO’s Artist Educator, will lead this new program with instruction, mentorship and training of fellows in a teaching artist role. Mr. Spiva and other guest composers will also give advice on the business side of composition and what obstacles and opportunities they have found in their professional journey.

Details below on application process and fellowship requirements. Please join us for this 2020/21 CTA Fellowship class.

Application process

Applicants are undergraduate, graduate/doctoral students or those who just graduated/starting their career
• Resume
• Statement of purpose
• Sample of work: Include a piece of at least 5 mins or more for any instrumentation
• 1-2 recommendation letters

Three fellows will be chosen for the 2020/21 season
• Fellowship duties will occur between late September to late May/early June
• Stipend of $900 each
• Free tickets to LACO orchestral concerts, SESSION and Sound Investment events

Please email Taylor Lockwood at for more information.

meet the music docent


There are three Meet the Music concerts each season. Docents are asked to attend a two hour weekday morning training session at the LACO offices a few weeks prior to each of the four concerts. After the meetings, docents will then disperse to schools to teach students participating in Meet the Music. Docents are invited to attend all Meet the Music concerts.

duties include:

Going to schools to teach students about the music they will hear at a LACO concert. Introducing students to classical music in a fun way.

skills required:

Enthusiasm and the ability to present knowledge in exciting ways to large groups of 4th, 5th and 6th graders. An appreciation of music is a big plus, but a musical background is not required. We will provide you with all the information and training that you will need to teach the students.


Volunteer Position with insider perks and the invaluable opportunity to experience LACO’s Meet the Music concerts. Parking for training sessions and Meet the Music concerts will be provided.

Please call Taylor Lockwood at 213 622 7001 × 212 for more information.


Volunteering is a satisfying way to give back to your favorite Orchestra. Volunteers have the opportunity to meet the musicians, attend concerts, receive acknowledgment in our season program and more!

Some of the ways you can help include office support, music education, concert/event support and orchestra hospitality. Learn more, or contact us at