Luna Composition Lab
In 2016 Missy Mazzoli and composer Ellen Reid teamed up with the Kaufman Music Center to create Luna Composition Lab, a unique program that provides mentorship and performance opportunities to composers ages 12-18 who are female-identifying, non-binary or gender non-conforming. Each participant in Luna Composition Lab is paired with an acclaimed female-identifying composer for a year of mentorship; past and current mentors include Reena Esmail, Kristin Kuster, Gity Razaz, Tamar Muskal, Caroline Shaw, Courtney Bryan and Du Yun. Luna Composition Lab is a platform for a successful and well-balanced career in the arts; 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. Each season 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, Nathalie Joachim, Du Yun and Caroline Shaw, oboist Toyin Spellman-Diaz, harpist Ashley Jackson, violinist Jennifer Koh, Metropolitan Opera General Manager Peter Gelb, members of yMusic, bassoonist Rebekah Heller and many more.
Learn more about Luna Composition Lab on the Kaufman Center Website.