Enhance your creative potential and jumpstart your composing career with an accelerated Artist Diploma.

Envision being a part of a creative community made of today’s foremost composers and industry-leading artists. That’s Gabriela Ortiz Composing Studio, by OAcademy.

Open to 10 rising composers of any nationality, 18 y.o. and above. (There are no specific previous degree requirements, and all fellows must display relative proficiency in English.)


  • Refine your craft, trained by today’s iconic composers
  • Receive guidance from a global network of mentors
  • Springboard to strategic career opportunities guided by agents and managers
  • Expand your brand and portfolio to graduate industry-ready

About Gabriela Ortiz Composing Studio

The Gabriela Ortiz Composing Studio by OAcademy is a nine-month virtual lab offered in partnership with Harvard University DRCLAS. Open to 10 innovative composers earlier in the career development, participants will train with and receive mentorship from a range of leading music creators across the field, all under the guidance of celebrated Mexican composer Gabriela Ortiz.

Through its curriculum of dynamic coursework and supportive resources, fellows graduate with the professional recordings, supercharged portfolio, and enhanced network needed to take the next step in a successful global composing career.


Marcos Balter

Erin Busch

Gonzalo Grau

Jennifer Higdon

Missy Mazzoli

Gabriela Montero

Chris Theofanidis

Gabriela Ortiz

More to be announced.

OAcademy Artist Diploma

Tailored to the busy lives of rising musicians on-the-go, the OAcademy Artist Diploma is a fast-track professional certificate that prepares rising composers for the complex demands of an evolving performance industry.

The Gabriela Ortiz Composing Fellowship unfolds across 40 weeks, with group coursework from January to June 2023 and a self-study period from September through October. (We ask that applicants are able to commit to 3–5 hours per week, on average.)

Fellows graduate with a high-quality recording of a new work for the ATLYS Quartet, a portfolio of self-marketing materials, an international network of composers and change-making artists, and the resources to take the next step in their composition career. (The composers will retain all rights to their scores and the recordings created by ATLYS.)

Each accepted fellow engages in:

  • Masterclasses with world-renowned composers
  • Series of interdisciplinary sessions covering film, video games, and dance
  • Industry sessions on topics like publishing and copyright, writing artist statements, applying for faculty jobs, and more!
  • Personal exposure to world-class composers and creatives through dedicated networking events with guests
  • Lecture-discussions with leading agency representatives and artistic planning heads including National Arts Center Canada, Arabella Arts, HarrisonParrott, Sheldon Artists, and more
  • Access to observe OAcademy masterclass suite with world-class Faculty, including Sarah Willis, Gil Shaham, and Alisa Weilerstein
  • Interactive participation and certificate from OAcademy’s Reflective Leadership module curated by Harvard University’s DRCLAS faculty

Close collaboration with the internationally-acclaimed ATLYS Quartet to compose a new work for string quartet, which will be professionally recorded and virtually premiered by ATLYS. 


To join the program, 2023 OAcademy Fellows must pay a one-time enrolment of $2,500 USD, payable upon acceptance.