Partner Organizations

Luna Composition Lab is always looking to build relationships with mission-aligned organizations across the country and throughout the world.

Current collaborators include:

Bergen International Festival

In 2022 Luna Composition Lab established its first international partnership with the Bergen International Festival in Norway.  Each year 2-3 young female and nonbinary Norwegian composers are selected for mentorship with Norwegian composer mentor Therese Ulvo, culminating in a week of exchange with Luna Lab alumni at the Bergen Festival through performances of their work, masterclasses, concerts, dinners, field trips and workshops with other artists-in-residence. In 2022 alumni Zola Saadi-Klein (20–21), Maya Miro Johnson (17–18) and KiMani Bridges (19–20) collaborated with Sara Sørbye and Tore Holter.

In 2023 Caleb Palka (17-18)’s piece was performed The Norwegian Soloists’ Choir Academy in a program hosted by soprano Lise Davidsen. Madeline Clara Cheng (19-20) and Sara Sørbye’s works were premiered by cellist Amalie Stalheim’s Classical link program.

Composers Now

The Composers Now Second Stage Commissioning and Mentor Project selects three recipients from among alumni of the Luna Lab Fellowship program. These young composers receive mentorship and performance opportunities. In the 22–23 season Alisha Heng (20-21), Jane Meenaghan (18-19), and Azalea Twining (20-21) were paired with composers Jane Ira Bloom, Mari Kimura, and Erica Lindsay, which culminated in a world premiere concert in April 2023.


Ensemble for These Times

San Francisco-based contemporary chamber group Ensemble for These Times (E4TT) has selected works by six Luna Lab alumni to be performed on their January 2024 and 2025 performances. The six composers chosen are Madeline Clara Cheng, Sage Shurman, Isabelle Tseng, Olivia Bennett, Gabriella Cariddo, and Devon Lee. In addition, E4TT will commission up to four new works by Luna Lab alumni. The commissions will be announced in March 2024.

G. Schirmer, Inc.

Each year G. Schirmer, Inc awards The Schirmer Prize to one Luna Composition Lab Fellow. As part of this prize the recipient receives a $1,000 honorarium and additional mentorship on music publishing from staff at G. Schirmer.

International Contemporary Ensemble

2022–23 Ensemble-in-Residence

As Ensemble-in-Residence they workshop pieces by Luna Lab Fellows and perform and record them at a spring concert. They also do reading sessions of student works for Adventures in Sound. ICE Ensemble has recorded Luna Lab works since the 18–19 season and held master classes and workshops for fellows.

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Kronos Quartet

2023–24 Ensemble in Residence

Throughout the 23–24 season Kronos Quartet will workshop string quartets by Luna Lab Fellows leading up to a performance in June 2024 as part of the KRONOS Five Decades celebration. Kronos Quartet first gave a master class during the 2022 Luna Lab Festival, and also held a virtual master class during the 22–23 season.

Little Orchestra Society

Little Orchestra Society performed Yuri Lee (18–19)’s “Blustery Day” as part of their March 2022 performances, which also featured an on-stage discussion with the composer. Jordan Millar (20–21) was featured on their October 2022 and April 2023 performances, and Devon Lee (21–22) was featured on their February 2023 performance.


New York-based new music chamber group loadbang has commissioned Elisa Johnson (2021–22) to write a piece for their 2022–23 season, which will be premiered in May 2024. She will receive mentorship from Ya-Jhu Yang throughout the commissioning project.

The May Festival

The May Festival commissioned works by 25 alumni of the fellowship program for their project 25 for 25: A New Time for Choral Music. This project honors the May Festival’s storied history of commissioning new works and celebrates their 150th Anniversary Season. The new choral works by Luna Lab alumni were premiered by choral ensembles across Greater Cincinnati in 2023.

Previous collaborators have included:

  • Classical:Next

  • Contemporaenous

  • Face the Music

  • Hub New Music

  • Intersection

  • Johnny Gandelsman

  • The Juilliard School Pre-College

  • Knoxville Symphony Orchestra

  • Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra

  • Nashville Symphony

  • National Sawdust

  • The Metropolitan Opera

  • Mannes Prep at The New School’s Open Campus

  • Manhattan School of Music Pre-College

  • New Amsterdam Records

  • New York Public Library

  • Opera Omaha

  • Oregon Symphony

  • Special Music School

  • yMusic