MusicaNova Composition Fellows Program

MusicaNova Orchestra (MNO) is extending its mission to find and play the finest new music in a bold new way.

The MusicaNova Composition Fellows Program offers emerging composers the opportunity to:

  • Get professional musicological evaluation of their work
  • Receive intense, hands-on mentoring throughout the preparation, rehearsal of their work
  • Hear the work played by a professional orchestra as a World Premiere for a paying audience
  • Receive consultation on the marketing of their work

2016-17 Season MusicaNova Composition Fellows:

2015-16 Season MusicaNova Composition Fellows:

2014-15 Season MusicaNova Composition Fellows:

About the Program

The MusicaNova Composition Fellows Program seeks new, high-quality symphonic scores from emerging composers who want professional evaluation of their work, mentoring in the entire preparation, rehearsal, and performance process, and consultation on marketing of their work.  Selection as a Composition Fellow is based on evaluation of scores for works for symphonic orchestra or ensemble of up to 15 minutes in length. All ages and nationalities are welcome, and submissions are accepted year-round.

Composers selected for the program will collaborate with MusicaNova to underwrite and co-produce a performance of their work as World Premiere during of one of our regularly scheduled orchestra concerts in the Central Arts District of Phoenix.  We believe this program is unique for professional orchestras, and we plan to present Composition Fellows’ work at at least two MusicaNova Orchestra concerts during each season.

MusicaNova’s Music Director will mentor the composer through preparation of their piece for orchestra rehearsal, followed by a week-long intense, hands-on process of working with the orchestra in rehearsing and revising their work, showing how the composer’s vision comes to life in the hands of professional players.  The composer will attend all rehearsals and performances in the Phoenix AZ area during the week leading up to .

MusicaNova will collaborate with the composer on both the artistic and business aspects of their music.  MusicaNova business advisors will work with Composition Fellows to identify funding sources, including grants, corporate underwriting, crowdsourcing, and individual sponsorship.

As part of the program, the Composition Fellow will participate MusicaNova educational outreach visits to partner schools in the greater Phoenix area to talk about their work, their approach to music, and their life as a composer.  The composer may also be featured in a panel discussion at the concert or at a pre-concert event.

If the work is well constructed and beautiful, but it is not fully scored or there are gaps in the composer’s knowledge of orchestration, the MusicaNova Music Director and others in the organization will work with the composer to revise and improve their score. Composers may conduct their own works at the performance, if appropriate, with coaching from the MNO Music Director.

Composers chosen as MusicaNova Composition Fellows will receive a professionally produced audio and video recording, without commercial use restrictions.  Composers from outside the Phoenix area may receive a $500 stipend to cover travel costs.

What the Composer Should Know

The MNO Composition Fellow program is radically different, and, we think, unique among programs that purport to help emerging composers. As a MNO Composition Fellow your music will be heard not just as a reading session, but also as a fully-rehearsed performance by a professional orchestra before a paying audience. We will work with you on the business aspects of getting your music performed, and artistically in making the piece better, giving feedback on your music and orchestration.  You will own non-exclusive rights to a professional recording of the performance of your work that you can use for any promotional or commercial purpose.  You may even be able to conduct your own work.  Recognition as a MNO Composition Fellow can be an important educational experience and a boost to your professional career.

For further details or to submit a score for consideration, please contact MusicaNova Music Director Warren Cohen at, or call +1-480-585-4485.

Upcoming Events
  1. Young Artists: Hannah Goldstick and Samuel Xu

    September 23 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm MST
  2. Mid-Century Masters: 20th Century English Composers

    October 29 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm MST
  3. A Day With Papa Haydn: The Morning, Mid-Day, and Evening Symphonies (Saturday)

    January 27, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm MST
  4. A Day With Papa Haydn: The Morning, Mid-Day, and Evening Symphonies (Sunday)

    January 28, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm MST
  5. St. John Passion: An Easter Oratorio

    March 25, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm MST

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