Many orchestras solicit scores from composers in their search for new material MusicaNova’s Composition Fellows Program goes well beyond that, and its composer education and intensive, hands-on mentoring may be unique world-wide.
After identifying exceptional works that resonate with MusicaNova’s mission to play the finest new music, our Music Director works with the composer to prepare their score for performance. We then invite the composer to attend orchestra rehearsals in Phoenix to work directly with the Music Director and professional musicians to further refine the piece before performing the world premiere at an orchestra concert.
In its first three years of operation, the Composition Fellows Program has welcomed seven emerging composers, including four women and three men. Composers are natives of the USA, Indonesia, Singapore, and Canada, and are studying at some of the finest universities and conservatories in North America. We’ll add three more in the 2017-2018 orchestra concert season.
MusicaNova’s educational outreach and collaboration program, in place since the orchestra was founded in 2003, uses three simple practices to ensure effective interaction with our educational partners:
We visit you: MNO conductors, composers, and musicians conduct educational outreach visits to our partner schools and educational organizations around the greater Phoenix area. We introduce upcoming orchestra concerts, play some of our repertoire, and talk in depth with students about their musical inspirations, aspirations, and potential careers.
You visit us: Students and faculty from our educational partners are always welcome to attend orchestra rehearsals, and any of the events in our various concert series as guests of MusicaNova.
We perform together: Outstanding student-musicians from educational partners may be invited to play in an MNO orchestra concert, where they are mentored by MNO teaching artists and get practical experience in playing with a professional orchestra.
MusicaNova Orchestra is Artist-in-Residence at Tempe High School during the 2018-19 season and school year.