The 2020 Emerging Composers Workshop 

 is now closed! 

Applicants will be announced by April 1

LunART Festival is proud to offer the From Page to Stage: Emerging Composers program to support and nurture emerging women composers in growing their professional careers. This season, From Page to Stage will be led by 2020 composer-in-residence Stacy Garrop.


The "From Page to Stage" program offers composers mentorship, hands-on experience, and individual guidance for expressing their creativity, creating clear scores, cultivating relationships with performers, and the art of collaboration.


The master class with composer-in-residence Stacy Garrop will explore the works submitted by participants, while talks about collaboration and the role of the independent composer will offer participants a well-rounded approach to growing their own careers. Participants will also work with professional musicians and receive feedback on their music directly from performers.


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 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, 2016

  • 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 March 15, 2020, 11:59pm (Central Time)

  • Late submissions will not be accepted

  • Application fees are non-refundable

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

Participation in “From Page to Stage” includes:

  • Master class with composer-in-residence Stacy Garrop. Submitted works will be discussed in an open-forum setting. Participants will share their submitted work for discussion, delving into the nuances that make a piece successful from “page to stage” – from getting the notes on the paper, to getting it into the performance hall.

  • Private composition session with Stacy Garrop during the festival.

  • Recording of your work, and rehearsal with LunART Festival musicians. Works will be featured on the “From Page to Stage” festival concert.

  • Admission to all LunART events: three days of concerts, reading sessions, lectures, and panel discussions.

Please note: Housing and transportation to and from the festival is the responsibility of the participant. The festival will provide a list of housing options prior to the festival.

Accepted applicants will be notified by April 1, 2020!

Instruments available


  • String quartet

  • Violin

  • Viola

  • Cello

  • Bass


  • Wind quintet

  • Flute (piccolo, alto, bass)

  • Clarinet (bass clarinet)

  • Oboe (English horn, oboe d’amore)

  • 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.


Questions may be sent to with the subject line: “From Page to Stage – Emerging Composers”


From Page to Stage: Emerging Composers 2019 

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