Thursday, October 24, 2019

NJSO accepting applications for 2020 NJSO Edward T. Cone Composition Institute

The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra is accepting applications for the 2020 NJSO Edward T. Cone Composition Institute through February 14. A multifaceted program that promotes new music and emerging composers, the Institute offers four composers the opportunity to have their music performed by the NJSO and participate in in-depth sessions with industry leaders, July 13–18 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 requirements and Institute details are available at

Composers will hear their works in rehearsal and performance, participate in masterclasses with Institute Director Steven Mackey and receive musical and practical feedback from NJSO musicians and guest conductor Ludovic Morlot. Career-development opportunities with industry leaders will provide the composers with insight into how to get their music published and performed. The NJSO will present participants’ works in concert on July 18 at 8 pm at Richardson Auditorium.

“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 are provided. The NJSO will reimburse participants up to $250 towards travel costs.

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.

A collaboration between the NJSO and Princeton University Department of Music, the Institute is generously funded in part by the Edward T. Cone Foundation and Princeton University.

For more information, contact Cassandra Mueller, NJSO Artistic Operations Coordinator, at or 973.735.1740.

Major underwriting support for the NJSO Edward T. Cone Composition Institute is generously provided by the Edward T. Cone Foundation and Princeton University.

Named “a vital, artistically significant musical organization” by The Wall Street Journal, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra embodies that vitality through its statewide presence and critically acclaimed performances, education partnerships and unparalleled access to music and the Orchestra’s superb musicians.

Music Director Xian Zhang—a “dynamic podium presence” The New York Times has praised for her “technical abilities, musicianship and maturity”—continues her acclaimed leadership of the NJSO. The Orchestra presents classical, pops and family programs, as well as outdoor summer concerts and special events. Embracing its legacy as a statewide orchestra, the NJSO is the resident orchestra of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark and regularly performs at State Theatre New Jersey in New Brunswick, Count Basie Center for the Arts in Red Bank, Richardson Auditorium in Princeton, Mayo Performing Arts Center in Morristown and bergenPAC in Englewood. Partnerships with New Jersey arts organizations, universities and civic organizations remain a key element of the Orchestra’s statewide identity.

In addition to its lauded artistic programming, the NJSO presents a suite of education and community engagement programs that promote meaningful, lifelong engagement with live music. Programs include school-time Concerts for Young People and the NJSO Youth Orchestras family of student ensembles, led by José Luis Domínguez. NJSO musicians annually perform original chamber music programs at community events in a variety of settings statewide through the NJSO Community Partners program.

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