A unique offering among American orchestras, the Nancy and Barry Sanders Composer Fellowship Program (CFP) is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for high school-age 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.
For more information, please contact CFP@laphil.org.
- 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 Artist, Sarah Gibson.
- 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 compose two pieces for orchestra and experience their rehearsals and in-concert premieres with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, at Walt Disney Concert Hall.
- Fellows leave the Fellowship with a rich portfolio of their professionally recorded chamber works performed by members of the LA Phil.
Graduates of CFP have gone on to study music composition at Harvard, Yale, the Juilliard School, the University of Southern California, Oberlin College, New England Conservatory, University of California-Los Angeles, the Manhattan School of Music, Bard College, and many others.