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Luna Composition Lab alumni Helen Feng, Joanna McDonald, Tiffany Cuaresma and Olivia Bennett had a mini reunion at Rice University, where Tiffany is currently a first year student and the others are interviewing.

Luna Lab with LACO Participants Announced

Luna Composition Lab and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra are proud to announce the first members of the new LACO/Luna Lab partnership. The 2019/20 Luna Lab with LACO members range in age from 16 to 18 and hail from all over Southern California. They are: Anya Lagman (age 18), Chloe Villamayor (age 17) and Emily Webster-Zuber (age 16). Learn more.

Watch the World Premieres of the 2019 Fellows' pieces at Merkin Hall.

Congratulations to Luna Lab co-founder Ellen Reid on her 2019 Pulitzer Prize for her opera p r i s m!

Listen to interviews with Luna Lab co-founders on WWFM's "Cadenza with David Osenberg": Ellen Reid & Missy Mazzoli


Opera Omaha premiered commissioned works by Luna Composition Lab alums Katie Palka and Aliya Salmanova on April 7, 2019. Details.

Luna Composition Lab continues to advocate for their alumni. Through the Luna Lab network, alumna Maya Johnson was commissioned by the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra to compose a piece for their 2018-2019 season. She will be one of the youngest commissions ever awarded by the SPCO. Recent alumni Michelle David and Violet Barnum are collaborating with the New York-based ensemble Contemporaneous. David’s piece premiered at National Sawdust, and Barnum’s piece will premiere next year.

Luna Composition Lab in the News

In Ellen Reid's prism, an Abstract Story Communicates Concrete Truths
I Care If You Listen, Catherine Womack, 12/11/18

Review: Through a prism Darkly
San Francisco Classical Voice, Jim Farber, 12/4/18

Review: With Ellen Reid's incandescent "prism," an opera composer is born
Los Angeles Times, Mark Swed, 11/30/18

Missy Mazzoli is the 21st Century's Gatecrasher of New Classical Music
NPR, Zoe Madonna, 11/16/18

5 Questions to Reena Esmail (composer, singer, multi-instrumentalist)
I Care If You Listen, Gemma Peacocke, 11/13/18

An Opera Reaches the American Dream's Brooding Heart
Review of Missy Mazzoli's "Proving Up"
The New York Times, Zachary Woolfe, 9/27/18

The Met is Creating New Operas (Including Its First by Women)
The New York Times, Michael Cooper, 9/23/18

After Two Hit Operas, a Composer Takes on the Bleak Prairie
The New York Times, Zachary Woolfe, 9/7/18

Q&A with Composer Missy Mazzoli - On the Importance of Mentoring Young Women Composers
WRTI, Meridee Duddleston, 6/6/18

5 Questions to Ellen Reid (Composer, Co-founder of Luna Composition Lab)
I Care If You Listen, Rebecca Lentjes, 6/12/18

This Musician Is Dedicated to Gender Equality in Her Male-Dominated Field
Forbes, MeiMei Fox, 3/22/18 (pdf version)

This Beaverton teen doesn't just play in an orchestra - she also composes for it
The Oregonian/Oregon Live, Brett Campbell, 2/25/18

16-year-old Utah musician - and conductor - heading to New York for prestigious fellowship
The Deseret News, Hailey Dixon, 2/20/18

2018 Luna Lab Fellow Katie Palka will premiere her piece "Breathing Earth" on March 4 with the Metropolitan Youth Symphony in Portland, Oregon. The piece addresses our human connection to the environment and the interconnectedness of all living things.

2017 Luna Lab alumna Sofia Belimova performed her work at the 2018 Composers Now Festival opening event on January 30 at NYC's The Jazz Gallery.

Steeped in Guns N' Roses and Philip Glass, Missy Mazzoli is a Leading Composer of Her Generation
The Washington Post, Anne Midgette, 1/12/18

Paving the Way for a Future of Female Composers
KUSC, Brian Lauritzen, 10/15/17

MA30 The Innovators: Missy Mazzoli and Ellen Reid
Musical America, Bruce Hodges, 12/6/16

What Du Yun's Pulitzer Win Means for Women in Classical Music
The New Yorker, William Robin, 4/13/17

To Help Women in Opera, Several Institutions Arise
William Robin, The New York Times, 12/14/16

"We cannot live in a world that is not our own, in a world that is interpreted for us by others. An interpreted world is not a home. Part of the terror is to take back our own listening, to use our own voice, to see our own light."   - Hildegard von Bingen, 10th century composer & philosopher