NOI+F Composition Academy



Launched in 2020 in partnership with American Composers Orchestra (ACO) and composer Gabriela Lena Frank and her Creative Academy of Music (GLFCAM), the NOI+F Composition Academy is dedicated to furthering the training and development of emerging composers, especially those traditionally underrepresented in the orchestral repertoire. Participating composer trainees receive individual mentorship from NOI+F composition faculty members Gabriela Lena Frank and Brian Raphael Nabors and will also benefit from seminars, intensive score study, masterclasses, community engagements, new work readings and performance opportunities with NOI+F faculty and orchestral fellows.

Key Dates

Applications for the 2022 NOI+F Composition Academy will open in Fall 2021.

Apply + Audition

New applications were not accepted for the 2021 NOI+F Composition Academy. Application information for the 2022 NOI+F Composition Academy will be announced in Fall 2021. 

2021 Repertoire

  • Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 6
  • Antonín Dvořák: Symphony No. 9
  • Igor Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring
  • Additional works written by NOI+F Composer Fellows


Currently serving as Composer-in-Residence with the storied Philadelphia Orchestra and included in The Washington Post's list of the 35 most significant women composers in history (August, 2017), identity has always been at the center of composer/pianist Gabriela Lena Frank's music. Born in Berkeley, CA, to a mother of mixed Peruvian/Chinese ancestry and a father of Lithuanian/Jewish descent, Frank explores her multicultural heritage through her compositions. Her music often reflects not only her own personal experience as a multi-racial Latina, but also refract her studies of Latin American cultures, incorporating poetry, mythology and native musical styles into a western classical framework that is uniquely her own. Civic outreach is an essential part of Frank's work. She has volunteered extensively in hospitals and prisons, with her current focus on developing the music school program at Anderson Valley High School, a rural public school of modest means with a large Latino population in Boonville, CA.


Brian Raphael Nabors' music has been performed by leading American orchestras including the Cincinnati, Atlanta, Nashville and Detroit symphonies. Nabors has been composer-in-residence with ACO and the Nashville Symphony. With an eclectic musical palate and crafty compositional technique to match, Nabors’ music draws from combinations of Jazz Funk, R&B, and Gospel with the modern flair of contemporary classical music. This interesting blend of sound worlds is one that continues to craft his unique musical voice.Throughout the 2019-20 season, he has been studying in Sydney's Conservatorium of Music in Australia with the support of a Fulbright scholarship. In 2019, Nabors was also a resident composer of EarShot, an initiative of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra that identifies and promotes the most promising orchestral composers on a national stage. Nabors earned both a Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees in Composition at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.


Fee and tuition information for the 2022 NOI+F Composition Academy will be announced in Fall 2021. 

Questions + Additional Information

If you have additional questions or would like additional information, contact us at or 301.405.2317.