Louisville Orchestra Creators Corps

Long praised for visionary thinking about the role of an orchestra in its community, in its 2022 – 2023 season The Louisville Orchestra began its Creators Corps program.

Since its founding, the Louisville Orchestra has had a historic and unrivaled commitment to supporting and sustaining living composers and contemporary music. In 1937, the LO board chairman (and later Louisville’s mayor) Charles Farnsley and Robert Whitney, the LO’s founding Music Director and conductor, conceived an adventurous plan: To make the commissioning, performance, and recording of new works a centerpiece of the LO’s global mission. Between 1950 and 1992, the Louisville Orchestra commissioned and recorded up to 52 new compositions from composers worldwide, releasing nearly 150 LPs on its First Edition Records label of more than 450 works by living composers.

Conceived as a successor project to First Edition Records, the Creators Corps also represents a giant leap forward. The initiative asks the three invited creators to act as artist-leaders, developing meaningful relationships with neighborhood residents and embodying the orchestra’s conviction that music is a fundamental part of civic life.

When Teddy Abrams arrived as Music Director in 2014, the LO renewed its dedication to new music with a variety of innovative programming. The LO Creators Corps is the boldest embodiment of this mission to date, connecting the LO’s foundational ethos with a new vision for how creators can sustain and be sustained by the cultural life of a city, a neighborhood, and a community.

The Creators Corps, a first-of-its-kind program that deeply integrates artists in the city of Louisville and with the orchestra, selects three Creators each year to move to Louisville for the upcoming season and live in the Shelby Park neighborhood for at least 30 weeks. The Creators serve as LO staff members, receiving an annual salary, health insurance, housing, and custom-built studio workspaces. Throughout their residencies, the Creators compose new works to be performed by the orchestra, participate in educational and community engagement activities, and become active, engaged citizens of Louisville.

The Creators Corps program has been funded by a three-year, $750,000 grant from The Mellon Foundation and from the generous support of additional individual donors locally and nationally.



Creators Corps participants have been chosen for the 2023 – 2024 and 2024 – 2025 Season. They are:

2023 – 2024 CrEators Corps


Alex Berko                                                                      Learn More

Nkeiru Okoye                                                                 Learn More

Tanner Porter                                                                 Learn More

2024 – 2025 creators corps


Baldwin Giang                                                               Learn More

Brittany Green                                                               Learn More

Oswald Huỳnh                                                              Learn More




Important Dates

  • September 1, 2023: Residency period begins for 2023-24 cohort
  • July 1, 2024: Residency period begins for 2024-25 cohort


For questions, please get in touch with Jacob Gotlib, Creators Corps Program Manager, at jgotlib@louisvilleorchestra.org or call 502.587.8681.

Click Here for more information and HOW to apply for the Creators Corps of 2025 – 2026