Composer's Lab

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composer's lab

New Amsterdam is proud to announce a new educational initiative launching in 2017.  The Composer’s Lab is revolving masterclass/workshop for emerging/early career composers. Designed as an add-on to formal compositional training, the labs will focus on helping its attendees navigate the challenges and opportunities of the current musical landscape. Each lab will be lead by a composer from the New Amsterdam roster, and will feature a fluid mix of prepared lectures, composition masterclasses, and career guidance. The initial round of Labs will take place via Skype in order to diversify attendance and make the program available available to students throughout the world. Subsequent Labs may include in-person meetings. Attendees will be asked to review their fellow students music, present new music regularly, and participate in weekly discussions. 

Through its Composer’s Lab initiative, New Amsterdam hopes to help foster a renewed sense of community and connection between today’s younger post-genre composers and musicians. By connecting attendees with both NewAm composers and like-minded emerging composers from different locales, the program provides a robust support group for navigating a complex, extremely demanding industry.

Participation in the Composer’s Lab will be by invitation and/or application. Cost will be subsidized and kept at $25/per student per session. Lab’s will be limited to groupings of four students meeting once weekly for 2 hours in semester segments (16 weeks). Days/times to be determined once participants are chosen.

The application process is simple - please write a short note that includes biographical information (background, music training, interests, etc) and reasons for wanting to participate in the Composer’s Lab. Please also include 2-3 digital samples of your music, score inclusion optional. Email materials to:

The first edition of New Amsterdam’s Composer’s Lab will be lead by NewAm co-founder Mannes Conservatory faculty member William Brittelle. The Lab will feature weekly lectures on Post-Genre philosophy, listening suggestions, explorations of the Brittelle’s work, and group discussion of the attendees work. The Lab includes concepts developed in Brittelle’s Mannes courses “Survey of Post-Genre Music” and “Exploring the Ethos of Punk”