2018 Guest Composers

We are thrilled to collaborate this year with Missy Mazzoli of Luna Composition Lab and Sarah Kirkland Snider of the the Sō Percussion Summer Institute (SōSI). Each composer will spend a day at the camp presenting some of their works, working individually with the girls, and answering any questions they might have about the industry or their creative process. Both women are listed in the Washington Post article The Top 35 Female Composers in Classical Music.


Missy Mazzoli

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Recently deemed “one of the more consistently inventive, surprising composers now working in New York” (New York Times), Missy Mazzoli has had her music performed globally by the Kronos Quartet, eighth blackbird, LA Opera, the Minnesota Orchestra and many others. From 2012-2015 she was Composer-in-Residence with Opera Philadelphia. Her 2016 opera Breaking the Waves was called “one of the best 21st-century American operas yet” by Opera News, and “powerful… dark and daring” by the New York Times. In February 2012 Beth Morrison Projects presented Song from the Uproar, Missy’s first multimedia chamber opera, which had a sold-out run at venerable New York venue The Kitchen. Recent months included the premiere of an extended work for her ensemble Victoire and Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche, commissioned by Carnegie Hall, and new works performed by pianist Emanuel Ax, the BBC Symphony, and the LA Philharmonic. In 2016, along with composer Ellen Reid and in partnership with the Kaufman Music  Center, Missy founded Luna Composition Lab, a mentorship program for young female composers. Missy’s works are published by G. Schirmer.


sarah kirkland snider

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Composer Sarah Kirkland Snider’s works have been commissioned and performed by the New York, San Francisco, Detroit, Indianapolis, and North Carolina Symphonies; the Residentie Orkest Den Haag, American Composers Orchestra, and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra; percussionist Colin Currie, violinist Anne Akiko Meyers, and vocalist Shara Nova; and The Knights, Ensemble Signal, yMusic, and Roomful of Teeth, among many others. Her music has been heard at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the Kennedy Center, and at festivals including Big Ears, BAM Next Wave, Cross-linx, Aspen, Ecstatic, and Sundance. Her two orchestral song cycle records, Penelope (2010) and Unremembered (2015), graced Top Five lists on NPR, The Washington PostThe Nation, and Time Out New York. Upcoming projects include a mass for Trinity Wall Street Choir/NOVUS NY, a ballet with choreographer George Williamson for the Birmingham Royal Ballet, and an opera co-commissioned by Beth Morrison Projects and Opera Cabal. The winner of Detroit Symphony’s 2014 Elaine Lebenbom Award, Sarah’s music has also been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, New Music USA, Opera America, the Sorel Organization, and the Jerome Composers Commissioning Fund. A co-founder and co-artistic director of Brooklyn-based non-profit New Amsterdam Records, Sarah has an M.A. and A.D. from the Yale School of Music and a B.A. from Wesleyan University. Her music is published by G. Schirmer.