Thursday, January 31, 2019

NJSO now accepting applications for 2019 NJSO Edward T. Cone Composition Institute through Feb 11

NEWARK, NJ—The 2019 NJSO Edward T. Cone Composition Institute, a
multifaceted program that promotes new music and emerging composers, is now accepting applications through February 11. The Institute will select four composers to hear their music performed by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and participate in in-depth sessions with industry leaders, July 15–20 on the Princeton University campus.

The Institute is open to university composition students or composers in the early stages of their professional careers. The application form, eligibility requirement and Institute details are available at

The NJSO will perform the participants’ works on July 20 at 8 pm at the Richardson Auditorium in Princeton. By the conclusion of the Institute’s immersive laboratory experience, participants will have gained invaluable musical and practical feedback about writing for orchestra and how to get their music published and performed.

Composers will hear their works in rehearsal and performance, participate in masterclasses with Institute Director Steven Mackey and receive feedback from NJSO musicians and guest conductor Cristian Măcelaru. The Institute will also provide career-development opportunities with industry leaders.

The Cone Institute is really unique,” Mackey says. “It provides a lot of time for the students to work with the orchestra. I think what separates the Cone Institute from many of its peer opportunities is its holistic vision of the composer and [the way we help] composers build their careers so their music is heard. There are sessions with industry leaders, publishers and radio stations [about practical topics] that will be important for a composer’s career.”

The Institute is tuition-free; housing on the campus of Princeton University and on-campus meals will be provided.

The NJSO Edward T. Cone Composition Institute grew out of reading sessions the Orchestra has held with Princeton University graduate students biennially for more than a decade. The Institute celebrates its namesake Cone’s legacy as both a composer and a Princeton University professor.

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