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New music from the LA Phil’s Composer Fellowship Program

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LA Phil Composer Fellowship Program students

The Nancy and Barry Sanders Composer Fellowship Program was founded 14 years ago by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Steven Stucky, designed to offer mentorship opportunities for high school-aged composers.


Responding to the pandemic, the 2020-2021 program continued virtually led by Andrew Norman and teaching artists Sarah Gibson and Thomas Kotcheff, and Fellows worked directly with LA Phil musicians on new music suited for the socially distanced era, which could be performed by a single instrument from home. Listen to the incredible results below.

Sydney Wang: desert down
performed by Sydney Adedamola

Joey Karz: Accelerated Space
performed by Sydney Adedamola

Jaden Amersi Anselmo: En Garde
performed by Robert DeMaine

Clara Myers: The Goblin Ha'
performed by Robert DeMaine

Norah Fong: Monet's Gardens
performed by Marion Kuszyk

Luke Sterling: The Crossing
performed by Marion Kuszyk

Noah Godard: Loose Cannon
performed by Joseph Pereira

Chloe Elise Villamayor: i bet
performed by Joseph Pereira

Elijah Alexander: The Gadfly
performed by Jory Herman

David Hernandez: Lacking
performed by Jory Herman

Willa Hawthorne: Crevasse
performed by Jim Wilt

Fariyan Alam: This And That
performed by Jim Wilt

Stellaluna Lopez-Ramirez: Achillean Dance
performed by Jarrett Threadgill

Aidan Vass: point
performed by Jarrett Threadgill

Rachel Mugemancuro: united, divided, states
performed by David Rejano Cantero

Cole Brown: Green And Yellow Pastures
performed by David Rejano Cantero

Zola Saadi-Klein: abstract Concrete
performed by David Howard

Mia Ruhman, Sue Tsao Composer Fellow: Welcome to the Funky House.
performed by David Howard