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April 1, 2019IM -
Orchestra of St. Luke’s (OSL) in New York City has announced the participants in its inaugural DeGaetano Composition Institute, to take place July 2019 at the orchestra’s home, The DiMenna Center for Classical Music. Emerging composers Viet Cuong, James Diaz, José Martínez, and Liza Sobel were selected by the institute’s mentors, composer Anna Clyne and conductor Ben Gernon.
Through April, each participant will receive one-on-one mentorship as they develop original chamber orchestra works through remote-learning sessions. Orchestra of St. Luke’s will fund the composers to travel to New York City for a one-week residency in July, where they will participate in artistic workshops with OSL musicians; professional development sessions with OSL staff; networking and professional development opportunities with industry leaders; coaching in public speaking; and guidance on funding and public relations.
The Composition Institute culminates in the world premiere of new works for chamber orchestra developed through the Institute. OSL musicians are represented by Local 802 (New York City).