2023-2024 NATS Mentoring Program for Composers Application Deadline

September 18, 2023

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The annual NATS Mentoring Program for Composers is a unique mentoring opportunity for emerging and early career art song composers aims to promote and encourage the composition and performance of new works.

Composers of vocal music (especially art song and opera) are encouraged to apply for this program. Between 8 and 10 selected composers will be paired with a mentor for about 8 months, from October 16, 2023 – June 1, 2024. The mentoring will involve one-to-one online contact approximately once a month.

As a special feature of the program, the Cincinnati Song Initiative commissions and premieres a song from each of the composer mentees. These have been presented in the “Let It Be New” concert events since the program's inception. Past mentees also have had the opportunity again to present their works as part of NATS events at the chapter, region or national level.

There is no cost for the NATS Mentoring Program and no application fee. There are no age or stylistic limitations, but the program is intended for those in the early stages of their professional careers or those nearing the end of their formal education.

Deadline to apply: September 18, 2023

Applicants will be notified by October 15, 2023