A unique offering among American orchestras, the Nancy and Barry Sanders Composer Fellowship Program is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for young composers to become a part of the LA Phil's thriving new music community. The innovative, multi-year program offers students a high level of consistent and intensive focus on the process and production of music composition, giving them the tools and freedom necessary to shape the future of concert music.

Fellows are guided through the creative process from start to finish by internationally acclaimed composer and Program Director Andrew Norman. Students work with LA Phil musicians and guest artists in frequent reading sessions; hear their pieces performed by the LA Phil, chamber groups, and other orchestras; attend more than 20 concerts at Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Hollywood Bowl each year; and engage with many of the world’s greatest living composers.


Program Highlights


  • Fellows are led through the creative process from start to finish through regular composition lessons with their mentors: internationally-renowned composer and Program Director, Andrew Norman; and CFP Teaching Artists, Sarah Gibson and Thomas Kotcheff.

  • Frequent visits with LA Phil musicians for demonstrations and chamber music reading sessions

  • Over 20 LA Phil concerts at Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Hollywood Bowl each year, including all concerts in the Green Umbrella series

  • Access to LA Phil rehearsals.

  • Encounters with many of the world's greatest living composers. Past visits have included John Corigliano, John Adams, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Kaija Saariaho, Magnus Lindberg, and many others.

  • Fellows have the rare opportunity to work with an orchestra. Some may even have the chance to write for the LA Phil during their tenure as a Fellow.

  • Fellows leave the Fellowship with a rich portfolio of their professionally recorded chamber works performed by members of the LA Phil.