DeGaetano Composition Institute

Named for the late composer Robert DeGaetano, the DeGaetano Composition Institute supports the development of emerging composers and new works for chamber orchestra.

The 2019-2020 DeGaetano Composition Institute provided a seven-month program for emerging composers to develop a new work for chamber orchestra under the guidance of Composer Mentor Anna Clyne. This season, the guiding musical theme will be Johann Sebastian Bach’s A Musical Offering.

The Institute culminates in June 2022 with a week-long New York City residency packed with opportunities to network and learn from industry professionals while working closely with conductor Ben Gernon and Orchestra of St. Luke’s. The Institute closes with a concert of the composers’ new works performed by Orchestra of St. Luke’s at Manhattan School of Music’s Neidorff-Karpati Hall.

As part of the New York residency, participants will receive:

  • Rehearsals with the celebrated musicians of Orchestra of St. Luke’s
  • Professional development sessions with the staff and musicians of Orchestra of St. Luke’s
  • Networking and professional advice from industry professionals
  • Headshots and media assets for the composer’s promotional use
  • Domestic travel and housing provided during New York City residency
  • World Premiere public performance of a new work for chamber orchestra

Anna Clyne

Orchestra of St. Luke’s is thrilled to present the 2020 mentor-composer of the DeGaetano Composition Institute. London-born Anna Clyne is a Grammy-nominated composer of acoustic and electro-acoustic music. Described as a “composer of uncommon gifts and unusual methods” in a New York Times profile and as “dazzlingly inventive” by Time Out New York, Clyne’s work often includes collaborations with cutting-edge choreographers, visual artists, filmmakers, and musicians worldwide.

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Meet the DeGaetano Composers

Get to know the DeGaetano Composition Institute participants and alumni.

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Cancelled: World Premieres for Chamber Orchestra

The 2020 DeGaetano Composition Institute culminates in the world premieres of four works for chamber orchestra developed over the course of the Institute and performed by Orchestra of St. Luke’s conducted by Ben Gernon.

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Photo Credits: Christina Kernohan