Creators Corps

Call for Composers


Submission period

Fri Dec 2, 2022 at 05AM UTC

End of submission period

Wed Feb 1 at 04:59AM UTC

Results date

Sun Apr 30 at 04PM UTC
The Louisville Orchestra (LO) Creators Corps offers fully-funded 1-residencies in Louisville, KY, to six selected composers/creators: three for the 2023-24 and three for the 2024-25 seasons. The selected creators will collaborate with the orchestra to write new works, participate in community engagement programming, and maintain vibrant and active presences in the local community. The orchestra will provide each creator with a $40,000 salary, health benefits, housing, and studio workspaces.

For this application cycle, we are accepting resident creators for both the 2023-24 and 2024-25 seasons.

We envision the invited creators as public figures who will be active and conspicuous throughout the city (particularly the Shelby Park neighborhood, where they will live). The creators will act as “artist-leaders” who will develop meaningful relationships with neighborhood residents and embody the LO’s conviction that music is a fundamental part of civic life.

Each creator will:
• Make Louisville, KY, their primary residence for 30-48 weeks of the year.
• Create at least one large-scale orchestral work for the LO’s annual Festival of American Music or other programs throughout the season.
• Create or direct at least one community-based project per year within one of the following categories:
o A large-scale outdoor public musical installation.
o An education-based work for families and/or youth.
o A work involving partnerships between the LO’s musicians and other performers of diverse genres/backgrounds.
o Other projects, as proposed and agreed upon between the Creator and the LO.
• Curate a portion of at least one program per year for the LO at Old Forester’s Paristown Hall or other venues.
• Participate in educational and outreach activities as part of the LO’s community engagement programming for audience members of all ages.
• Participate in public activities in the Shelby Park neighborhood and throughout Louisville, including presentations of their work, studio visits, open workshops with the LO, concerts, and other social events.
• Should they wish, each creator can receive private conducting training from Teddy Abrams.

We are searching for applicants with bold ideas about collaborating with an orchestra in the 21st century. Our ideal candidates:
• Have a distinctive, fully-realized creative voice with the technical capacity to achieve their vision.
• Are fluent in composing for orchestral forces (or be willing to collaborate with someone who is), though they need not necessarily come from a traditional Western Classical background.
• Are passionate about forging relationships with community organizations to advance music’s role in civic life.
• Care deeply about education, having experience in or being excited to work with local students and teachers on creative music-making programs.
• Be willing to engage with and be accessible to residents of the neighborhood where they will live, participate in public events, and share their work.

The Louisville Orchestra aims to assemble a cohort of “artist-leaders” that represent diverse backgrounds and practices yet share the LO’s conviction that music is a fundamental part of civic life.

Details are available at web pages: