JUNE 24 — July 1, 2023

Join a vibrant, diverse community of artists for a week of creativity, performance, and exploration. The week will include daily, interactive workshops, expert mentoring, rehearsals, and live concerts featuring the best of LA’s new music vocal scene. Enjoy sharing your talents while participating in multiple public performances that will culminate in the premiere performance of a new Exploratorio masterwork, written and produced by attending composers and performers.

The 21st Century vocalist embraces a wide range of textures and timbres that offer composers profound new creative opportunities. N.E.O. faculty will guide you on how to relate to vocalists and communicate your goals within a meaningful musical context. Composers will work with new tools and alongside virtuosic vocal talent toward a culminating collaborative masterwork. Each day will include interactive lectures and workshops as well as masterclasses with other composers and performers. During the program, you will explore contemporary composition and notation techniques, and build a strategy for how to comfortably and successfully market your creative work to the world. All participants will create daily through guided interactions, and some will be chosen ahead of time to showcase their works.

Artists ages 18+ of any nationality may apply.

Steps to Apply: 

  1. Fill out the form and submit the $25 application fee.
  2. Applicants will receive notification of their application status by February 15.
  3. If accepted, tuition must be received within two weeks of confirming attendance


  • Applications open October 28th, 2022
  • The following are due February 1st, 2023:
    • Early bird tuition applications
    • Applications for composers who want their work to be considered for performance during the festival
    • Applications for vocalists wanting to be considered for featured solos
    • Applications for organists who want to be considered for an organ fellowship
    • Fellowship and scholarship applications
  • Early bird tuition due by March 1st, 2023
  • All other applications due by March 31st, 2023

Scholarships Available:

  • Four composer scholarships of $400 off tuition are available
  • Alumni Discount: Refer one new applicant to receive discounted tuition ​(tuition is reduced to $400 total)


​​Early Bird Tuition (Applied before February 1st): $650 USD
Regular Tuition (Applied after February 1st): ​$800 USD

Attendees are responsible for their own room & board and travel expenses to and from Los Angeles.