Gabriela Ortiz Composing Studio

OAcademy is proud to announce the Gabriela Ortiz Composing Studio, a new 9–month online Artist Diploma offered jointly by OAcademy and Harvard Univeristy. This program is intended for any early-career composer who wishes to enhance their own creative and technical skills, develop an international network of colleagues and collaborators, and graduate with a professional recording by ATLYS, an Artist Diploma certificate from Harvard, and a suite of self-marketing materials.

The application deadline is rolling, so although the official deadline to apply is October 15th, I would strongly recommend that you apply sooner rather than later so that you have the best shot in the admissions process. Application information can be found here.

More Info:
• We ask that applicants are over the age of 16 and are able to commit to 3–5 hours per week, on average. There are no specific previous degree requirements, and all fellows must display relative proficiency in English (the official language of all OAcademy programs). Fellows can be located anywhere in the world.
• All students will take two 90-minute online classes or master classes per week, on average. The classes themselves will vary & will cover a variety of topics within the craft & technique of composing, the industry & its subsets, how to professionalize your portfolio and take the next step in your career, etc. Some of our teachers thus far include Christopher Theofanidis, Tyshawn Sorey, Jennifer Higdon, Missy Mazzoli, and of course Gabriela Ortiz, among others. This roster will continue to grow over the coming months.
• Students will also have opportunities to attend courses offered by other OAcademy programs, including the OAcademy Orchestra, Conducting Studio, Piano Lab, and the Global Leaders Program.
• All fellows will also work with the ATLYS Quartet on a new piece over the course of the fellowship, which will be professionally recorded and virtually premiered.
• Fellows will graduate with a professional recording by ATLYS, an Artist Diploma certificate from Harvard University, and a suite of self-marketing materials.
• There is no fee to apply, and the full program fee is $2,500. The total program value is about $10,000, and OAcademy sponsors the remaining $7,500 for each of the 10 fellows.

In creating this program, we wanted to include topics that we felt were excluded from the traditional composition degree program, such as how to self-publish your scores, how to create a contract, what does it really look like to apply to a faculty job, etc. while also including opportunities to connect and learn from master composers. This program is truly a unique opportunity to enhance creative and technical skills, to learn about various facets of the composition industry, and to develop an international network of colleagues and collaborators.

Please reach out to with any questions about the program or application process.


Deadline 16 December 2022



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