World Premieres by Four Emerging Composers to be Performed by OSL Conducted by Ben Gernon on Friday, July 19, 2019 at The DiMenna Center for Classical Music

Call for Applicants Begins September 25, 2018

New York, NY, September 24, 2018 - The Orchestra of St. Luke's (OSL) has announced the launch of the DeGaetano Composition Institute, with the first edition taking place in July 2019 at The DiMenna Center for Classical Music. Four exceptional emerging composers will be selected through a national call-for-scores to workshop new works for chamber orchestra under the leadership of 2019 mentor and composer Anna Clyne. This new initiative was established through a generous gift from the estate of pianist, composer and teacher Robert DeGaetano, and will occur annually each July.

Participants will develop their skills by working directly with a professional orchestra, mentor-composer, conductor, and industry professionals. The Institute is tuition-free and provides participants with creative development support in the creation of a new work, an intensive one-week learning experience in New York City, culminating in the world premiere of their works by Orchestra of St. Luke's led by Ben Gernon on Friday, July 19 at The DiMenna Center for Classical Music. Another highlight will be a performance by pianist Jacob Greenberg honoring the late Robert DeGaetano, in which his music will be featured, on Tuesday, July 16 at The DiMenna Center for Classical Music. Both performances will be presented free of charge.

The national call for applicants begins September 25, 2018 and closes on November 7, 2018. Three panelists will select the finalists, with Anna Clyne and Ben Gernon selecting the four participants from the finalists' pool and the selectees will be announced in mid-January, 2019.

"Orchestra of St. Luke's is immensely grateful to the Estate of Robert DeGaetano for sharing our vision to invest the future of our artform," stated James Roe, OSL President & Executive Director. "The DeGaetano Composition Institute will literally give voice to the next generation of composers, while providing them with invaluable tools for their professional success and artistic development. Anna and Ben are the ideal partners in this endeavor."

"As a young composer, I cherished the guidance of those who helped me grow as an artist, and so over the years, music education has evolved to be a major focus for me," added Anna Clyne. "I am honored to have been chosen as a mentor to lead the first edition of the DeGaetano Composition Institute, and I am keen to bring the perspectives of the OSL musicians into the mix as the selected composers develop their work with us."

The DeGaetano Composition Institute consists of two key stages. From January to April, each participant will receive personal, one-on-one mentorship from Ms. Clyne as they develop and compose their original chamber orchestra work through three individualized remote-learning sessions. The four composers will travel to New York City for a one-week residency from July 14 - 19, 2019 with a housing and travel stipend provided by Orchestra of St. Luke's.

As part of the New York residency, participants will receive artistic sessions with the celebrated musicians of the Orchestra of St. Luke's; professional development sessions with the staff of the Orchestra of St. Luke's; networking and professional development from industry leaders; coaching in public-speaking; and guidance for funding sources and public relations.

To apply for the July 2019 DeGaetano Composition Institute, composers must be 18 years of age as of December 2018 and a legal resident of the USA. Applicants must submit two sample works composed within the past five years, one work for chamber ensemble, one work for orchestra; two letters of recommendation, each from someone who is familiar with the work of the applicant and can speak to the applicant's compositional work and capacity; and a CV or resume.

Details are available on the Orchestra of St. Luke's website at


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