NCCO8 Composer Fellowship
2019 Fellows

sponsored by the NCCO Choral Series & ECS Publishing Group

Founded in 2019, the NCCO Composer Fellowship offers the following opportunity to two selected Fellows.

  1. Encouragement and support for undergraduate and graduate student composers who wish to refine their ability to write choral music.
  2. The chance to hear one’s music performed in a workshop setting by a collegiate choir and receive feedback from the singers, the conductor, and a professional composer mentor.
  3. Professional networking opportunities with contacts from the publishing world, especially through the possible publication in the NCCO Choral Series with ECS Publishing Group.
  4. Encouragement of undergraduate and graduate student activity at the NCCO National Conference.

The following are the 2019 NCCO Composer Fellows.


Wilhelmina Esary

Wilhelmina “Mina” Esary is a versatile composer of chamber, choral, and electronic music whose works have been performed by members of the Seattle Symphony, Women’s Works of Ithaca, and American Creators Ensemble. She has participated in festivals such as the Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium, Art Song Lab, and CMAA’s Sacred Music Colloquium, and has received recognition for her work from various competitions. Currently, Mina is pursuing her BM in Composition at the Eastman School of Music and is studying with Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez. An avid lover of choral music, Mina has over ten years’ experience singing in ensembles.


Andrew Maxfield

Comprising choral, art song, chamber, and orchestral works, Andrew Maxfield’s compositions are performed throughout the United States and Europe. After studying music at Brigham Young University, Andrew pursued advanced studies at the EAMA–Nadia Boulanger Institute in Paris, privately with Philip Lasser (Juilliard), and at Boston Conservatory at Berklee. His works have been recorded, performed, and premiered by groups including USC Thornton Chamber Singers, Choral Arts Initiative, Salt Lake Vocal Artists, Brevitas, and others. A new choral commission will premiere in Carnegie Hall in spring 2020. Andrew lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with his wife and two handsome, high-octane boys.