Composer Training Program

Faculty Members John Corigliano, Gabriela Lena Frank and Brian Raphael Nabors



Multiyear program will create mentorship opportunities for rising composers.

The University of Maryland’s National Orchestral Institute + Festival (NOI+F) recently launched a multiyear composer training program in partnership with American Composers Orchestra (ACO) and composer Gabriela Lena Frank and her Creative Academy of Music (GLFCAM).

These three forward-thinking musical institutions will came together to further the training and development of emerging composers, especially those traditionally underrepresented in the orchestral repertoire. Frank, named one of the “35 most significant women composers in history” by The Washington Post, will lead the program. Faculty members serving alongside Frank in the inaugural year include Pulitzer Prize winning composer composer John Corigliano and Fulbright scholar Brian Raphael Nabors.

Participating composer trainees receive individual mentorship from Frank, Corigliano and Nabors and will also benefit from seminars, intensive score study, masterclasses, community engagements, new work readings and performance opportunities with NOI+F faculty and student musicians.

“The National Orchestral Institute + Festival is committed to creating new opportunities for learning and exploration in the field of orchestral music,” says NOI+F director Richard Scerbo. “GLFCAM and ACO are perfect partners to build a space in which emerging composers can discover and experiment with orchestral performance and audience engagement.”

ACO is dedicated to the creation, celebration, performance and promotion of orchestral music by American composers. Central to ACO’s mission is identifying and developing compositional talent, championing lesser-known composers and elevating awareness of American orchestral music. ACO has garnered a reputation as one of the most forward-thinking cultural and educational institutions with its more than 25 years of experience with orchestral readings.

"It’s a great joy to collaborate with NOI+F and GLFCAM to provide opportunities to aspiring orchestral composers,” says ACO artistic director Derek Bermel. “ACO shares core values and goals with our new partners: to offer a unique mentorship, to gather a vibrant cohort of creative artists and to connect composition with the future professional performers in the orchestra world.”


Inaugural Composer Training cohort: Jungyoon Wie, Chelsea Komschiles, Andrew Rodriguez and Tyler Taylor

Four composers form part of the program’s inaugural cohort: Chelsea Komschlies, Tyler Taylor, Andrew Rodriguez and Jungyoon Wie. These composers work primarily in the classical or classical-crossover medium. They bring diverse musical experiences to NOI+F, including hardcore/punk production, ancient musical traditions and other musical identities underrepresented in Western classical music.

Gabriela Lena Frank's Creative Academy of Music inspires emerging composers to create self-determined artistic lives that foster collaboration with performers, local communities and honor civic initiatives. Composer readings are a core component of the academy, where composers gather to write, share and receive feedback in person from their mentors.

“Opportunities to cultivate the skills necessary for successfully composing a large ensemble piece are rare, so I’m delighted to partner with NOI+F and ACO,” says Frank. “I’m especially grateful to highlight underrepresented voices and believe that this training program will introduce exciting new artists to our field.




Grammy-winning Gabriela Lena Frank was recognized as one of the "35 most significant women composers in history" by The Washington Post and is currently composer-in-residence with The Philadelphia Orchestra. Frank is frequently commissioned by prominent performers and ensembles including cellist Yo Yo Ma, soprano Dawn Upshaw, The Cleveland Orchestra and the San Francisco Symphony. Winner of a Latin Grammy and nominated for Grammys as both composer and pianist, Frank also holds a Guggenheim Fellowship and a USA Artist Fellowship given each year to 50 of the country’s finest artists.


John Corigliano is among the most celebrated American composers of the last century. His more than 100 scores have been honored with four Grammy Awards, an Academy Award and a Pulitzer Prize. Corigliano serves on the composition faculty at The Juilliard School and is a distinguished professor of music at Lehman College. In 2015, the NOI+F Philharmonic recorded Corigliano’s Symphony No. 1 under the direction of conductor David Alan Miller. The recording was released by Naxos Records as part of a multi-year recording partnership.



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. 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.