May 31 - June 5
Madison, WI

The Application Period is Now Closed!

Successful applicants will be notified by February 1, 2022

The LunART Composers Hub is an educational program designed to provide extraordinary experiences to women composers in their growing professional careers. This program offers composers mentorship, hands-on experience, and individual guidance for expressing their creativity, creating clear scores, cultivating relationships with performers, the art of collaboration, and creating a viable career path as a composer. We welcome submission by people who self-identify as women. 


Private lessons, seminars, and masterclasses with the 2022 composer-in-residence Stacy Garrop will explore the works submitted by participants, while talks and lectures about collaboration and the role of the independent composer will offer participants a well-rounded approach to their own career development. 

In order to offer personalized attention for the participants, no more than six composers will be chosen for the workshop. To apply, composers must submit a composition, statement of purpose, and meet the eligibility requirements below.

Application Period:
Oct 1  - Dec 1, 2021

Application Fee: $10

Program Cost: $450


Stacy Garrop, 2022 Composer-in-Residence

What is included?​

  • 2 masterclasses with the 2022 Composer-in-residence Stacy Garrop

  • Private composition session with Stacy Garrop during the festival.

  • 2 lectures with guest speakers delving into the topics of copyrights, finances for artists, grant writing, marketing, etc. 

  • A live performance of the submitted piece at the Composers Hub Concert scheduled for Sunday, June 5 at 2 PM CT. Reception to follow.   

  • Professional audio and 4 camera angle video recording of the performance of your work on the Composers Hub Concert.

  • Rehearsal and workshop with LunART Festival musicians. 

  • Admission to all 2022 LunART Festival events.

Application Guidelines

Eligible participants:

  • Open to women composers

  • No age limit

  • Composers who are students (college or high school), or at the earlier stages of their composition careers, meaning:

    • limited professional performances of works

    • not yet published and/or recorded professionally

    • those seeking to learn how to enhance their composition career

  • Composers who are interested in constructive feedback and support on a current work.


Submitted works should be:

  • Written no earlier than January 1, 2018

  • Under 8 minutes in length

  • Single or multi-movement work

  • Scored for one to six players; see available instruments and ensemble types below

  • Work may be completed or an in-progress composition, however only completed works will be considered for performance during the festival.


Submissions must include:

  • PDF of score. Scores must be created by a standard notation software such as Finale or Sibelius. Format as 8½ x 11

  • PDF Parts. Include all instrumental parts formatted as 8½ x 11

  • Recording of submitted work

    • Provide URL link, i.e. Sound Cloud, YouTube (midi, mp3, or video)

  • Short paragraph explaining why you want to participate

  • Non-refundable application fee of $10


Submission guidelines

  • All materials must be submitted no later than December 1, 2021, 11:59pm (Central Time)

  • Late submissions will not be accepted

  • Application fees are non-refundable

  • If accepted, the submission fee will go toward the Program fee

  • Files must be uploaded through the LunART website during the submission period (application form will be active starting October 1st)

Please note: Housing and transportation to and from the festival is the responsibility of the participant. Participants are eligible for discounted lodging at the Hilton Hotel-Monona Terrace during the festival, located in Madison's vibrant downtown isthmus. For more information about this offer or a list of housing options, please reach out to marie@lunartfestival.org.

Instruments available


  • String quartet

  • Violin

  • Viola

  • Cello

  • Bass


  • Wind quintet

  • Flute (piccolo, alto)

  • Clarinet (bass clarinet)

  • Oboe (English horn)

  • Bassoon

  • Saxophone


  • Brass quintet

  • Trumpet

  • French horn

  • Euphonium

  • Trombone

  • Tuba

Any voice type, as a solo vocal part or a member of an ensemble.



If your work includes prepared piano, please contact us before submitting.


If your work includes percussion, please contact us about intended instrumentation. Percussion instruments available for the festival are limited.

What past participants say about the program!

It was wonderful to have the opportunity to meet a lot of performers. As a composer, building up the network with performers is essential for the future possibilities. The masterclass with Jenny was so helpful to learn how to build up the professional career.


It was a fantastic experience. The music I listened to in the evening galas inspired me, and I learned a lot from them. Iva and Laura were terrific (They made the festival perfect!!). I was so grateful to be part of the festival! 


This festival was wonderful. I loved the programming for all of the concerts and the exposure to all of the music by female composers. The Composers Hub was enlightening and encouraging. Thank you so much for all you are doing with this program. 

It felt amazing having the opportunity to share valuable life and music experience with other woman composers. Specially hearing Valerie's such inspiring history and extraordinary music.


Composers Hub 2019

Claudia Sofia Alvarez, Nikea Randolph, Anna Marcus-Hecht, 2019 Composer-in-ResidenceValerie Coleman, Shelby Caroline Scott, Emily Joy Sullivan, Veronica Cator

Composers Hub 2018

2018 Composer-in-Residence Jenni Brandon, Seolhee Kim, Grace Hale, Meg Huskin, Alissa Stolt, Amy Thomas, Donna Howard

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Questions about the program?
Contact Educational Program Coordinator Marie Pauls: