Composer Fellowship

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Helping shape the next generation of composers and musicians.

The Canton Symphony Orchestra Composer Fellowship was established to give undergraduate composers a chance to have a piece commission by a professional orchestral institution while also allowing young students the chance to play music composed for them. This fellowship is open to undergraduate composition students at a Northeast Ohio College or University (students must be enrolled at undergraduate institution at the time of their application). The aim of this fellowship is to foster young, undergraduate composers, and give Canton Youth Symphony musicians the opportunity to play new music. The fellow will work with CSO conductors and staff throughout their time as a fellow to create a piece, 10-15 minutes in length, to be performed by the Canton Youth Symphony Advanced Orchestra at their final concert of the year. 

Application consists of:

      • Resume/Cover Letter
      • Recommendation Letters
      • 2 Compositions (one orchestral)

2022-2023 Fellow

Tyler Kowal

Tyler Kowal of the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music will have his composition performed by the Canton Youth Symphony Advanced Orchestra on May 8, 2023. 

2021-2022 Fellow

Daniel DiMarino

Daniel DiMarino of the Cleveland Institute of Music was the Composer Fellow for the 2021-2022 season. His work, “Endlight” was performed on May 16, 2022 by the Canton Youth Symphony Advanced Orchestra.

To inquire about Mr. DiMarino’s work visit

2020-2021 Fellow

Molly Leach

Molly Leach of the College of Wooster had her composition “Glow” performed by the Canton Youth Symphony Advanced Orchestra on June 2, 2021.

To inquire about Ms. Leech’s work, email

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