DeGaetano Composition Institute

Four emerging composers receive mentorship and creative support leading to a week-long residency and the world premieres of their works performed by OSL musicians at The DiMenna Center for Classical Music.

Applications for the 2019 DeGaetano Composition Institute are closed.

Please check back in mid-2019 for applications to the 2020 DeGaetano Composition Institute.

Four emerging composers will receive personalized mentorship, tailored professional guidance, and unmatchable creative opportunities over the course of seven months. The tuition-free DeGaetano Composition Institute leads to a week-long residency in New York City with the world premiere of four new works for chamber orchestra with Ben Gernon conducting Orchestra of St. Luke’s in July 2019.

Supported by the Robert DeGaetano Foundation, the DeGaetano Composition Institute is tuition-free for all participants. A travel stipend and housing will be provided by Orchestra of St. Luke’s for the duration of the New York residency in July. 

The first annual DeGaetano Composition Institute will be held July 14-19, 2019.

Named for the late composer Robert DeGaetano, Orchestra of St. Luke’s DeGaetano Composition Institute supports the development of emerging composers and new works for chamber orchestra. Beginning in January 2019, each composer will receive personalized, one-on-one guidance and instruction from the 2019 Mentor Composer Anna Clyne. In July 2019, the four composers will travel to New York City for a week-long residency including rehearsals and professional development and networking sessions.

The culmination of the 2019 DeGaetano Composition Institute will be the world premieres of the four new chamber orchestra works developed through the Institute, performed alongside works by Anna Clyne with Ben Gernon conducting Orchestra of St. Luke’s at The DiMenna Center for Classical Music on July 19, 2019. The Institute will also include a solo piano recital by Jacob Greenberg performing the piano works of Roberto DeGaetano on July 16, 2019.

As part of the New York residency, participants will receive:

  • Rehearsals with the celebrated musicians of Orchestra of St. Luke’s
  • Professional development sessions with the staff of Orchestra of St. Luke’s
  • Networking and professional advice from industry professionals
  • Headshots and media assets for the composer’s promotional use
  • Travel stipend and free housing provided during New York City residency
  • World Premiere public performance of a new work for chamber orchestra

Anna Clyne

Orchestra of St. Luke’s is thrilled to present the 2019 mentor-composer of the DeGaetano Composition Institute. London-born Anna Clyne is a Grammy-nominated composer of acoustic and electro-acoustic music. Described as a “composer of uncommon gifts and unusual methods” in a New York Times profile and as “dazzlingly inventive” by Time Out New York, Clyne’s work often includes collaborations with cutting-edge choreographers, visual artists, filmmakers, and musicians worldwide.

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Meet The DeGaetano Composition Institute Composers

Get to know the DeGaetano Composition Institute participants.

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DeGaetano Concert Series

The  2019 DeGaetano Composition Institute culminates in the world premieres of four new works for chamber orchestra developed through the Institute and conducted by Ben Gernon, and a solo recital of Robert DeGaetano’s piano works with pianist Jacob Greenberg.

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