composition teaching artist fellowship

Invitation to all young professionals currently in composition undergraduate and graduate programs to apply for one of three fellowship positions for the 18-19 Season.

LACO is expanding its artistic footprint in composition by helping to train the next generation of teaching artists with mentorship from established professional composers. Through planned curriculum and school visits, these Composition Teaching Artists and LACO’s roster of great local LA composers will provide opportunities for exploration, exposure and education of composition to high school 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 for high school students in the greater Los Angeles area. 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.

We are seeking 3 fellows who are currently in a composition program. The CTA fellowship will be from Early October through late May/early June and will involve the following:

  • Each fellow receives a stipend of $900 and free tickets to LACO orchestra concerts, SESSION and Sound Investment events.
  • Each fellow will be assigned one high school to visit 4 to 5 times during the season where they will mentor students in composition and new music exploration.
  • Composition Teaching Artist fellows are trained and mentored by Derrick Spiva for these school visits
  • Other training opportunities would include informational chats with Derrick and other LA local composers about careers in composition, observation of LACO rehearsals and conversation with guest composers on our season like Andrew Norman, Sarah Gibson, Mattias Pintscher, James Newton-Howard, etc and an inside look at some of LACO’s “Music L.A.b” programs such as Sound Investment and SESSION.

application process

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

to apply

  • Submit applications here by Monday, October 8.
  • Interviews to be extended and decisions made in mid to late October with program starting in November

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.


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