The New Music Experiment

As part of the Lexington Philharmonic’s Saykaly Garbulinska Composer-in-Residence program, and in conjunction with the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras, the New Music Experiment fosters the creative and innovative spirit of composers and musicians at many levels by bringing new art to life.

A workshop of new pieces will take place on Saturday, April 16, 2016 under the direction of LexPhil Music Director & Conductor Scott Terrell. Members of the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras will rehearse the selected pieces alongside LexPhil musicians, who will serve as section leaders. Additionally, one of the selected compositions may be programmed on CKYO’s Season Finale concert on May 15, 2016.

Composers will have the opportunity to work one-on-one with Maestro Terrell, as well as LexPhil’s Saykaly Garbulinska Composer-in-Residence, Avner Dorman. Composers high school age and up are encouraged to submit new and original works for consideration. Arrangements and transcriptions will generally not be considered. There is a limit of 3 submissions per composer. Submissions that do not follow the guidelines below will not be considered. Please direct any questions to

ENTRY FEE: $25.00. Submission deadline is Monday, November 30, 2015. Download the application here.

Photos of New Music Experiment 2014 by Richie Wireman


  • $25 entry fee may be mailed to ‘Lexington Philharmonic, ATTN: New Music Experiment, 161 N Mill Street, Lexington, KY 40507’ (please make checks payable to ‘Lexington Philharmonic’) *Submissions without accompanying entry fee will not be considered
  • Compositions (or individual movements selected from within a composition) should be no longer than 10 minutes.
  • There is no restriction on genre or style.
  • Compositions must be for standard orchestra instrumentation, and not exceed: 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, piano, percussion (2 players), and strings.
  • You must submit a full score to be considered. Recordings of compositions (MIDI or otherwise) in addition to the score are helpful and encouraged, though not required.
  • It is preferred that scores be mailed with entry fee and application to: Lexington Philharmonic, ATTN: New Music Experiment, 161 N. Mill St, Lexington, KY 40507 *materials may also be emailed to
  • Applicants will be notified by Friday, January 22, 2016 if their work is chosen for the New Music Experiment.
    • If selected, you must provide ALL performance materials, including a score and parts for composition, by Friday, February 5, 2016.
    • We encourage you to take an active part in the rehearsals and concert.
    • Travel and accommodation are not able to be provided.