NOI+F Composition Academy



Launched in 2020, the NOI+F Composition Academy is dedicated to furthering the training and development of emerging composers, especially those historically excluded from the orchestral repertoire. Composition Academy participants receive individual mentorship from NOI+F composition faculty members and benefit from seminars, intensive score study, masterclasses, community engagements, new work readings and performance opportunities with NOI+F faculty and orchestral fellows.

  • Each fellow receives a $500 mini-commission to write a 10-minute work for sinfonietta. This will be rehearsed by two NOI+F conducting fellows under the guidance of NOI+F Music Director Marin Alsop and James Ross. Each fellow’s work will be recorded and performed twice in a concert hosted by Maestra Alsop.  

  • Fellows will take part in several one-on-one work-sharing sessions and informal coffee table discussions with visiting composition faculty Vivian Fung, James Lee III, Carlos Simon and Anna Clyne.

  • NOI+F composition faculty member Nathan Lincoln De-Cusatis will host a variety of industry sessions with professionals in music publishing, programming and other pertinent areas. Past sessions have included Philip Rothman, Jessie Montgomery and Mason Bates.

  • Each fellow has the opportunity to work with the NOI+F Philharmonic for one 30-measure recorded orchestra reading. 

  • All 2022 Composition Academy Fellows must be between the ages of 18 and 30 on June 18, 2022.

  • All NOI+F participants are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Key Dates

  • November 1, 2021: Composition Academy application opens

  • January 15, 2022: Composition Academy applications are due

  • Saturday, June 18, 2022–Sunday, June 26, 2022: Program dates

Apply + Audition

Applications for the 2022 NOI+F Composition Academy are now closed––2023 applications will open in Fall 2022. Application requirements in 2022 were as follows:

  • Early Bird Fee (Before Dec 15, 2021): $50

  • Standard Fee (Dec 15, 2021 and later): $70

  • University of Maryland students apply with no fee! Email for further instructions.

  • Submit a résumé and two letters of recommendation

  • Letters of recommendation may be submitted directly with your application OR emailed to by your recommenders. Please have them include the subject line, "Letter of Recommendation, 'Your Name'." 

  • Submit PDF scores of two recent works along with their corresponding AUDIO or VIDEO recordings required. Live or studio performances of works are strongly encouraged, although MIDI files will be accepted. Works can be for any instrumentation but instrumental chamber or orchestral music is strongly preferred.


Fellowship & Commission

Award & Stipend

  • Composition academy fellows receive a full tuition fellowship, a $1,000 housing & travel stipend and a $500 commissioning fee for their 10-minute work.


  • Each composition academy fellow is provided with a $1000 housing & travel stipend. Composition academy fellows are responsible for finding their own housing in College Park, MD during their residency. Sublets for the duration of NOI+F Composition Academy near the University of Maryland campus can be found through a variety of websites. A list of resources will be provided to all fellows upon acceptance. Other housing options may be available through UMD Greek Life Housing.


  • Participants that wish to park their car on the University of Maryland campus will be required to purchase a parking permit from the University. Campus parking fees are set by the University’s Department of Transportation and are not under the purview of NOI+F. Discounted satellite parking options will be made available closer to the festival. More information will be made available regarding the cost and specific parking locations upon acceptance.



Anna Clyne, Vivian Fung, Nathan Lincoln-DeCusatis, James Lee III, Carlos Simon


Marin Alsop, James Ross

Questions + Additional Information

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