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 2023-2024 DeGaetano Composition Institute will provide a six-month program for emerging composers to develop a new work for chamber orchestra under the guidance of Composer Mentor Augusta Read Thomas.

The Institute culminates in July 2024 with a week-long New York City residency packed with opportunities to network and learn from industry professionals while working closely with conductor Brad Lubman 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 The DiMenna Center for Classical Music’s Cary Hall.

DeGaetano Composition Institute 2024 Schedule

JANUARY – JUNE 2024 Participants write, collaborate, and workshop their pieces with Composer Mentor Augusta Read Thomas
JUNE 15, 2024 Submission deadline for completed works
JULY 18 – JULY 23, 2024 New York Residency
JULY 23, 2024 World premiere performance by Orchestra of St. Luke’s!

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

Augusta Read Thomas

Orchestra of St. Luke’s is thrilled to present the 2024 Composer Mentor of the DeGaetano Composition Institute. Augusta Reed Thomas is a University Professor of Composition in Music and the College at The University of Chicago. Thomas was the longest-serving Mead Composer-in-Residence with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The American Academy of Arts and Letters described Thomas as “one of the most recognizable and widely loved figures in American Music.”

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Meet the DeGaetano Composers

Get to know the DeGaetano Composition Institute participants and alumni.

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