Composer's Lab Announcement



New Amsterdam Records
Composer's Lab


a new educational initiative for emerging/early-career composers, lead by artists from the New Amsterdam roster

first edition to be lead by NewAm co-founder/artistic director
William Brittelle, featuring weekly lectures on Post-Genre philosophy, listening suggestions, explorations of Brittelle’s music, and
group discussion of attendees' work

Application deadline is July 10 at 5pm, with first session taking place the week of July 17

 Lab #1 lecturer: NewAm co-founder  William Brittelle

Lab #1 lecturer: NewAm co-founder William Brittelle

New Amsterdam is proud to announce a new educational initiative launching in 2017 - the Composer’s Lab. A revolving masterclass/workshop for emerging/early career composers, the lab is designed as an add-on to formal compositional training and will focus on helping its attendees navigate the challenges and opportunities of the current musical landscape. Each lab will be lead by an artist 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 Zoom in order to diversify attendance and make the program available to students throughout the world. All attendees will be asked to review their fellow student's music, present new music regularly, and participate in weekly discussions and subsequent labs will meet in-person when possible.

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.

The first edition of New Amsterdam’s Composer’s Lab will be lead by NewAm co-founder and 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”

Participation in the Composer’s Lab will be by invitation and/or application. Tuition will be subsidized at only $25/per student per session with financial aid available. Labs will be limited to groupings of four students meeting once weekly for 2 hours in semester segments (12 weeks). Days/times to be determined once participants are chosen.

The application process is simple - please write a short note to 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.

Application deadline is July 10 at 5pm, with the first session taking place the week of July 17.