After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we look forward to welcoming a group of Young Composers at the 2022 festival!

Under the direction of Festival resident composer David Ludwig, the Young Composers Seminar brings together some of the country’s most outstanding young composers. They are immersed in the culture of the Festival, interacting with the Festival staff, musicians, donors and audience members. Admission to the Seminar is by invitation.

During their week at the Festival they meet with local arts-community leaders and Festival staff to discuss arts management, fundraising, repertoire programming, and teaching artistry. In addition, each young composer creates a new work for the Festival, which is read and recorded by Festival artists. Students leave the Festival with a professional quality recording of their work, as well as newly acquired skills that will help them in their chosen profession. Between 2011 and 2019, the Festival commissioned nine works by an alum of the Young Composers Seminar which were performed on our summer mainstage concerts and at events during the year.

Meet our 2022 young composers.

Cashel Day-Lewis (b. 2002) is a composer of acoustic concert music and a violinist steeped in both traditional Irish and Baroque music. Cash draws much of their inspiration from their background in traditional Irish music and historical performance. Both musical traditions inform Cash’ compositional style, and their music frequently uses melodic ornamentation and harmonic languages that are based strongly in improvisation––this often manifests itself in gestural, florid music. They currently reside in Oberlin, Ohio, where they are pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Composition at Oberlin Conservatory.

Cash’ music has enjoyed performances by the New York Philharmonic (Frayhayt for full orchestra, 2019) and the Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble (Cobblestone Suite for mixed quintet, 2020), as well as Bard faculty member Helena Baillie (Scotch and Splenda for violin and piano). Most recently, Jasmine Choi and Dongmin Kim jointly commissioned Cash to write On the Sea of Moyle, a concerto for flute and string ensemble, which was premiered by the New York Classical Players in early February of 2022. Upcoming projects include a trio for piano, cello, and clarinet written for Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival and a piece for two violins, harpsichord, and spoken-word soloist.

Sofia Outang

Sofia Jen Ouyang (b. 2001) is a composer interested in the intersection and collision of varying artistic expression, fusing musical, literary, and philosophical concepts into her works. Sofia is currently pursuing her undergraduate degrees in Music and Philosophy at Columbia University, and studies with Andrew Norman at The Juilliard School as part of the Columbia-Juilliard exchange program. Past mentors include David Serkin Ludwig and Claire Chase. Sofia is a 2021 Blueprint composer fellow with National Sawdust and a recipient of the 2022 Gena Raps Piano Chamber Music Prize. She has also received honors from The American Prize (2022), BMI Student Composer Award (2021), Society of Composers Inc., Luna Lab (2020), and the National Young Composer Challenge (2019). She is currently working on a commission for the New York Virtuoso Singers.

Central to Sofia’s thinking are concepts, in no particular order: ideologies, binaries, ambiguities, indeterminacies, philosophies, literary theories, physicality, noise, gender, culture, sexuality, music, paradigms, hybridity, distortions, liminalities.

Sofia has worked with the JACK Quartet, violinist Juliette Kang, vocalist Brittany Hewitt, National Sawdust Ensemble, clarinetist Stanislav Chernyshev, cellist Jeffrey Zeigler, pianist Cornelia Herrmann, percussionist Sae Hashimoto, and flutist Isabelle Gleicher.

Feedback from YCS Graduates

Elise Arancio, 2017:

My experience at LCCMF was unique … the incredible musicians that I was able to meet and listen to showed a passion for their music that was infectious. I learned so much from all of the wonderful talks, lectures, and meetings that provided insight into not only the music, but the minds of the players and composers. My experiences at LCCMF helped me grow so much not only as a composer but as a lover of music in general, and the specialness of this festival was evidenced by the audience’s passion and dedication for it that I’ve never seen before. When I wasn’t busy being inspired by the wonderful music and musicians at this festival, I was having so much fun in the beautiful city of Vermont with amazing food and people. I’m so glad that I was able to be a part of the LCCMF family, and I’m grateful for all of the memories that I made with them.

Ian Gottlieb, 2015:

Getting my work played by such an unreal Horn Quartet was a very special experience for me as a composer. The sounding board not only provided me the opportunity to incorporate important feedback into future iterations of my composition, but also provided me an excellent recording to showcase on my website. Additionally, I was smitten by the warmth of the Burlington community and their passion for classical music, especially my dear hosts, the Bergerons! Lastly, it was a pleasure to get to learn about fundraising from the inimitable John Canning, who is undoubtedly the most down to earth and approachable patron of the arts I’ve ever met.

Philip Golub, 2012:

This has been a week I will remember in detail for a very long time. I’ve learned a ton, all sorts of things, specific and general, both relating to composition and music itself and also concerning a skill set I feel much more aware of needing to cultivate now. Thank you for the commitment and care you put into the young composers, it’s really remarkable to feel that.  Anyway, “special”, in every possible way, is the word I would use to describe the last nine days. A general great feeling carries over it all, so thanks for making that possible.

Andrés Martinez De Velasco, 2011:

When I was invited to the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival, I thought it would be a great experience but the reality of it far surpassed my expectations. It’s very rare that a composer as young as I am gets the opportunity to work with musicians of such a high level, and even rarer to find that those outstanding musicians are some of the kindest, most helpful and caring people around. Working with them on my own music really helped me realize my compositional strengths and weaknesses and being a part of the festival in general showed me what the reality of the music world is. It gave me a chance to see all the work that is required to put on a successful concert beyond the actual writing or playing of music; these are the types of things you don’t learn how to do at school such as giving lectures, pre-concert talks, preparing and setting up concerts, etc. The LCCMF was an amazing experience and challenge and I am looking forward to future encounters with all the people involved in it.

David Bloom, 2009:

Any music festival that breaks the standard model takes a significant risk, which is something I believe that the founders of Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival knew very well.  They whole-heartedly took the risk to innovate, breaking the traditional barriers to include students, actively involve audiences, and create intellectually stimulating programs.

As anyone who attended a part of LCCMF knows, these efforts were answered with great success.  We packed the halls for every astonishing concert; we listened intently to the words of the musicians and asked them questions; the Vermont Youth Orchestra and the Young Writers Project became integral members of the festival.  These were only a few of the successes that we enjoyed.  Perhaps the most memorable parts of the week were the incredibly refined and moving performances, but they were by no means the most important.  The most important aspect of this festival, I believe, was the ethic of community involvement that stood at the core of the festival’s mission.

Festival Commissions From YCS Graduates

Red, Blue, Black, 2019, for clarinet and string quartet
TJ Cole (YCS ’14)

Moonshot, 2019, micro-concerto for violin and string chamber orchestra
Alistair Coleman (YCS ’17)

Jasper Beach, 2018, for flute, cello, and piano
Nick DiBerardino (YCS ’18)

Settle, 2016, for piano quartet
Emily Cooley (YCS ‘15)

Sonatensatz, 2015, for flute, clarinet, oboe, French horn, cello, and piano
Loren Loiacono (YCS ‘13)

Fireflies, 2014, for clarinet, violin, cello, and piano
Phillip Golub (YCS ‘12)

Contemplations, 2013, for clarinet, violin, and piano
Alyssa Weinberg (YCS ’09)

Brandenburg Insterstices, 2012
Gabriella Smith (YCS ’10)

String Quartet, 2011
Tim Woos (YCS ’09)

Young Composers Seminar Graduates


  • Nathan Bales, Curtis
  • Akshaya Avril Tucker, University of Texas Austin
  • Elizabeth Younan, Curtis


  • Wei Dai, Curtis
  • Nick DiBerardino, Curtis
  • Alex Weiser, NYC


  • Elise Arancio, Atlanta, GA
  • Aiyana Tedi Braun, Curtis
  • Alistair Coleman, Juilliard
  • Hannah Ishizaki, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Andrew Moses, Curtis


  • John Boggs, University of Michigan
  • Hyerim Yoo, Royal Academy of Music, London


  • Emily Cooley, Curtis
  • Viet Cuong, Princeton
  • Ian Gottlieb, Yale


  • TJ Cole, Curtis
  • Chelsea Komschiles, Univ. of Colorado
  • Niels Verosky, Swarthmore


  • Loren Loiacono, Cornell
  • Rene Orth, Curtis
  • Riho Esko Maimets, Curtis


  • Serena Creary, Oberlin
  • Tamzin Ferré Elliott, Bard
  • Phillip Golub, Harvard and NEC


  • Katerina Kramarchuk, Curtis
  • Zach Sheets, Harvard
  • Andrés Martinez de Valasco, Bard


  • Molly Joyce, Julliard
  • Dylan Mattingly, Bard
  • Joshua Morris, Oberlin
  • Gabriella Smith, Curtis


  • David Bloom, Bard
  • Daniel Shapiro, Curtis
  • Alyssa Weinberg, Vanderbilt
  • Tim Woos, Curtis
Resident Composer David Ludwig with Guest Composers
LCCMF Composers at FlynnSpace 2016: Joan Tower, David Ludwig, Nina Young, Emily Cooley (YCS ’15), Pierre Jalbert.
ONE Strings students prepare for visit by Nick DiBerardino (YCS ’18) workshop on graphical notation in composition.
YC ’09 Alum Alyssa Weinburg with the 2013 Young Composers
YC ’09 Alum Alyssa Weinburg with the 2013 Young Composers. Photo: Mary Scollins
Composer-in-Residence David Ludwig with the 2011 Young Composers
Composer-in-Residence David Ludwig with the 2011 Young Composers. Photo: Michael GW Stein