Inception Mentoring
Inception Mentoring
Inception Mentoring
Inception Mentoring
Inception Mentoring
Inception Mentoring


Composition Mentoring Program

March 2020-May 2021


Applications Accepted for Current Program


The Los Angeles Inception Orchestra will provide young composers access to professional musicians through mentorships, workshops and performances and innovate music education through original composition and Virtual Reality.


Inception’s Composition Mentoring has four phases. Program I: Unleashing Your Creativity, where students learn to think differently about writing for instruments. Program II: Composition Foundation, where students begin to write for different instruments while learning or reinforcing the fundamentals. Program III: Engaging the Orchestra, where students will get more comprehensive composition and music career training, college prep in music composition and write a piece for full orchestra, each week engaging with different instrumentalists or music professionals enabling a more complete understanding of how to compose for the symphony. The final phase reaches across all the programs as composers will participate in the Virtual Reality production of their music journeys. These VR segments will be edited into a mobile app which will be released to schools across LA County as an introduction to the orchestra. This process will be a huge part of changing the face of music education.


We are currently accepting applications for our Engaging the Orchestra program, which runs from mid-March through May 2021.

Program Overview

  • Over the course of the program, students will complete at least four ensemble pieces for strings, winds, brass and percussion, leading up to a piece for full orchestra which will be performed in May 2021.

  • Students will perform in May 2021 with their mentors and full orchestra on stage live.

  • Instructions includes workshops in composition, scoring for picture, various “careers in music”, music theory and orchestration.

  • Students will be filmed during in-studio mentoring and rehearsal sessions. Additionally, students will participate in the production process by taking the VR camera home to film their creative sessions and some anecdotes from their home lives. Students will also be interviewed on camera.

  • For the Engaging the Orchestra program in 2020-21, thirty (30) instructional sessions over a fifteen-month period led by working composers, orchestrators, musicians and music industry professionals

  • On-line composition mentoring sessions led by a single mentor. All sessions will be recorded on zoom, and a link for review will be provided immediately and unedited to parents/guardians of students under 18 for review

  • All students will participate in rehearsals and concert in April 2021. Mentors will be section leads.

  • All compositions will be recorded for use on the Inception Mobile App (to be released in Fall 2021)

  • By contract between the LA Inception Orchestra and American Federation of Music, usage of music can only be within the Inception App

  • The LA Inception Orchestra will make all works available for composers to demo via the app without restriction

  • A separate agreement may be negotiated between the AFM and the composer for other usage

  • All mentors have passed background checks before interacting with composers in person or on line


  • Applicants must have composition experience and the drive to explore instrumentation and orchestration with dedication

  • Applicants must be fluent in writing music

  • Applicant should currently be active as an instrumental musician and/or participate in a school orchestra or band

  • Applicant must have reliable transportation to and from the classroom, recording studio and workshop locations

  • Applicant must be able to commit to the program dates (below)

  • Access to a computer and internet and email is required (parent/guardian account ok)

  • Sibelius software is required - scholarships for software/computers available

  • Applicant should be in high school (preferably grades 9-12, exceptions considered)

  • Applicant must be willing to allow us to film his/her creative process and preferably interview family members and/or close friends for the documentary process


Complete application must include the following:

  • Completed application form

  • ONE printed score sample

  • Recordings or links to your submitted compositions

  • Responses to short answer questions

  • ONE letter of support sent directly to the LA Inception Orchestra from any of the following: instrumental teacher, composition teacher, in-school or after school music program instructor, or musical mentor  (email to:

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