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About the LA Phil’s National Composers Intensive 

Since 2015, the LA Phil’s National Composers Intensive has brought together contemporary American composers, both those who are established and those with careers in the making. The National Composers Intensive demonstrates the LA Phil’s commitment to the evolution of living music on a national scale, and supports new music from genesis, to creation, to commission, to performance. These programs serve as models for the creation and performance of new music, which is at the very heart of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s identity.

Applications to the 2020 program are now closed.

2020 Program Information

NCI Director Andrew Norman and the Los Angeles Philharmonic invite composers ages 18-30 from all backgrounds to submit examples of their work to be considered as participants in the National Composers Intensive. The program will select six composers, who will have the opportunity to write and workshop a five-minute piece, collaborate with peers, and engage with professional composers. The program will culminate in a performance at Walt Disney Concert Hall during Noon to Midnight. Round-trip economy airfare, accommodations, and program costs are covered by the LA Phil.

Participants will:

  • Compose and revise a five-minute work for large chamber ensemble

  • Work with program director Andrew Norman to rehearse and refine their work

  • Have their work performed and recorded live at Walt Disney Concert Hall

  • Network with colleagues and professionals in the field

  • Attend performances at Walt Disney Concert Hall

  • Work with guest faculty

  • Receive a recording of their performance 

Important Dates:

January 19: Application Deadline
February 3: Successful Applicants notified
Spring: Composer Workshops
June 1-6: Residency in Los Angeles
June 6: NCI Performance at Noon to Midnight

Eligibility & Requirements
Open to composers, ages 18-30, currently living in the U.S.

The application requires the following:

  • Biographical information

  • Educational background

  • Headshot - optional

  • Resume or CV  - optional

  • Two work submissions represented by a score and an audio or video recording

Questions? Contact

2019 NCI participant composer, Kelley Sheehan

People of NCI

2020 Faculty


Past Participants