CoLab - a collaboration for young composers in NE Ohio!

CUSP strives to give a voice to adventurous creators and performing artists of diverse backgrounds. In an effort to minimize the gender gap in music composition, we recently launched CoLab, which will provide professional opportunities and mentorship to young female and non-binary composers in the Northeast Ohio region.

The two participants below were chosen to compose new works in 2019 for No Exit, one of Cleveland’s most well-respected new music ensembles. By workshopping their music with the performers in a rehearsal setting, CoLab participants will receive in-depth experience composing collaboratively with professional musicians. The project will culminate in a world premiere performance at Re:Sound, CUSP’s annual four-day new music festival that will take place June 6-9, 2019 at venues throughout Cleveland.  


Emma Eddy

Amateur composer Emma Eddy has been composing music for around two years. She is a freshman student at Avon High School, where she participates in the school orchestra as a violist.

Her musical achievements include "Violinists.", a narrative piece written for string quintet, as well as string ensemble arrangements of various popular songs. She is very excited to be working with No Exit and to share her music with the world.


Mya Vandegrift

Mya Vandegrift is a young composer who dabbles in many different genres of new music, mainly focusing on chamber and small ensemble pieces. She is a cellist in the Northern Ohio Youth Orchestra Lab Group, as well as a musician in her school’s band, orchestra, and choir programs. As someone who has loved music since day one, composition seemed to be the natural thing to pursue. A frequent painter and an Original Orator in the Ohio Speech and Debate Association, she believes strongly in the power of creative expression in modern society, and strives to make her music a reflection of that expression.