Two apprentice composers will be invited to join NYO-USA and to write, after their acceptance in early 2020, a short new work for the orchestra. One of the goals of the apprenticeship will be to give the composers experience with orchestration and writing for larger forces. These new pieces will be workshopped, rehearsed, and recorded during NYO-USA’s residency. Apprentice composers will have the opportunity to meet and learn from a number of guest composers during the residency, and to work on additional music with input from their peers in the orchestra.
Celebrated American composer Sean Shepherd, who wrote a new work (Magiya) for NYO-USA’s inaugural season in 2013, serves as the composition program director and mentor/coach to the apprentices. Shepherd has held composition fellowships with The Cleveland Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, and Reno Philharmonic. Shepherd has had a number of notable premieres with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and National Symphony Orchestra, Paris’s Ensemble intercontemporain, St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, and FLUX Quartet at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. Most recently, his piece Express Abstractionism, was premiered by its co-commissioners, the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra.