Copland House CULTIVATE 2022

June 6 through 12, 2022

Applications must be submitted online by December 10 at 11:59PM.

CULTIVATE, directed by Grammy-nominated composer-clarinetist Derek Bermel, is an annual, intensive, all-scholarship creative workshop and mentoring program for gifted American composers in the initial stages of their professional careers. Each year, six young composers will be awarded Fellowships to participate in this weeklong emerging composers institute, which takes place at Aaron Copland’s National Historic Landmark home in Cortland Manor, one hour north of New York City, and at other of Copland House’s partner venues nearby. Helping young composers to realize their artistic ambitions, CULTIVATE offers Fellows immersive creative guidance in a rigorous, collegial, and nurturing environment before, during, and after the week here, which concludes with two public concerts (recorded, filmed, or both) featuring the World Premieres of all six new works, performed by the internationally-acclaimed Music from Copland House ensemble. Fellowships cover all costs for session participation and events, round-trip transportation to/from New York within the continental U.S., local ground transportation, accommodations, and food, as well as a small commissioning fee. CULTIVATE Fellows also become eligible for a variety of subsequent performance, recording, and commissioning opportunities.

Fellows are each commissioned to compose one 5- to 7-minute, small-ensemble composition (any combination of clarinet, violin, cello, and/or piano), which serves as the core of their work at CULTIVATE. The schedule consists of daily individual and collective work sessions or rehearsals with composer and program director Derek Bermel and Music from Copland House on the Fellows’ new works for CULTIVATE; informal discussion sessions about practical, professional, and career matters with prominent music executives and arts leaders (past guests have included James Kendrick, Limor Tomer, Greg Sandow, Alan Pierson, Richard Kessler, and Elizabeth Dworkin); and two final public performances premiering all of the new compositions, which are filmed, recorded, or both.


Open to emerging professional composers who are American citizens or permanent residents, writing in any genre. While there is no specific age limit, CULTIVATE is geared towards composers who are in their mid- to late-20s and in the earliest phase of their professional careers. (Proof of citizenship or resident status – in the form of U.S. birth certificate, U.S. passport, Board of Elections registration card, green card, or other valid USCIS document [NOT driver’s licenses or Social Security card] may be requested of all applicants.)

Application Process

Online applications must be submitted by December 10 at 11:59pm. Fellows are chosen by CULTIVATE Director Derek Bermel and an annually-rotating jury of eminent Copland House former Residents, and other independent composers and performers. Late or incomplete submissions will be disqualified. Award recipients will usually be notified by mid-December.

Online submissions consist of:

  1. Application form.
  2. Brief resumé.
  3. Three scores that best represent your work (PDF only).
  4. Recordings of each of these three works (MP3 preferred). If any are not available, recordings of other works may be be substituted. MIDI recordings are acceptable, but not encouraged. If applicable, track and/or movement/section should be clearly listed.

Any questions about the application can be addressed to the Copland House office at or (914) 788-4659.