At the New Jersey Symphony’s 2022 Cone Institute concert, composer Sophia Jani greets the audience. Photo: New Jersey Symphony.

The New Jersey Symphony is accepting applications now through February 23 for the tenth annual Edward T. Cone Composition Institute, to take place July 15–20, 2024 in Princeton, NJ. The tuition-free program gives four emerging composers the opportunity to hear their music rehearsed and performed by the New Jersey Symphony, participate in composition coaching and career-development sessions with industry leaders, and receive feedback from New Jersey Symphony musicians. The Institute will culminate in a New Jersey Symphony performance of the participants’ works on July 20. Steven Mackey, a music professor and director of graduate studies in composition at Princeton University who composes works for chamber ensembles and orchestras, is the Institute director. Conductor and composer Christopher Rountree, who is deeply embedded in the new music scene, is the Institute’s guest conductor. The Institute is open to university composition students and composers in the early stages of their professional careers. The New Jersey Symphony presents the Institute in collaboration with Princeton University Department of Music. Learn more at