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Composition Fellowships

Composition Fellows enjoy weekly classes, individual meetings with resident and guest faculty, and opportunities to meet with visiting composers during the world-renowned Festival of Contemporary Music.

The program includes sessions with BSO musicians and librarians, resident faculty who are new music specialists, and experts in the areas of publishing, licensing, and more.

Each composer is given a studio in which to work and a key to the Hawthorne Cottage, where most composition classes are held and which contains two computers, a large format printer, a grand piano, and stereo equipment.


Each Composition Fellow has at least four works performed in concert or workshop each summer. This includes a chamber work chosen from the pieces submitted with the Fellow's application.

Other works emerge from on-site writing projects, which involve producing work quickly in order to experiment, develop specific and often unfamiliar techniques, and foster close connections with performers.

Commissioning Opportunities

Several commissions are awarded each year to Composition Fellows.

The Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival invites one Fellow to participate in its Young Composer String Quartet Program. This entails composing a six to eight minute work for the Flux Quartet, a week long residency at the festival during the rehearsal and performance period, a $1,000 fee, transportation to and from Santa Fe, and accommodations and a rental car during the residency.

Composition Fellows are also considered for three commissions for brass, wind, and double bass ensembles to be performed the next Tanglewood season. Commissioned composers receive a $2,500 honorarium for their work, plus transportation and accommodations during their stay at Tanglewood for the rehearsal and performance period.