Golden Hornet Composer Laboratory

As part of the movement to reinvigorate classical music for the 21st century, 
Golden Hornet Composer Laboratory seeks to combine the best rock music practices with
the best of the traditional concert hall by fostering composers, commissioning new music, 
and presenting adventurous works in concert, often in unusual or non-traditional settings.

Golden Hornet has premiered over 70 works by more than 60 composers rooted in wildly different
musical backgrounds, with a special focus on composers who have experience in the collective, collaborative, creative culture of bands.
In 1999, when composer-bandleaders Graham Reynolds and Peter Stopschinski founded this 501(c)3 nonprofit organization,
this independent classical movement barely existed. Now it's thriving in cities around the world. 

Upcoming Events


A new concert suite by Graham Reynolds. Calling on Handel's own Water Music, the piece is developed and adapted from Reynolds' live score contributions to Forklift Dancework's recent Bartholomew Swims performances. 

Paired will this will be the first performance of a new commissioned piece for flutist Sarah Jane Hargis, which infuses her classical training with an exploration of electronic effects.

String quartet smackdown 4:
Call for SubmissionS

String Quartet Smackdown is a bracketed NCAA tournament style competition between original compositions.
It’s like March Madness for the ears!

Smackdown 4 is set for February 2018, and we're calling on all composers & musicians to submit pieces for a chance on the champion's prize.

young Composer concert

Students under the age of 18 from various Austin-area schools are invited to compose original new music and collaborate with a local professional ensemble to produce a concert.

The 2018 iteration of this event is set for March, check back soon for submission information! Questions can be directed to the contact info at bottom of page.


A cross-discipline creative endeavor
sparking curiosity and opening doors of understanding for the 

creators and audience alike.

Commissioned by
Golden Hornet Composer LAB
Curated by
Jeffrey Zeigler & Graham Reynolds


The sound of science is
Building bridges between the
musical and scientific worlds.

At its foundation, eight pieces of music written by composers from around the world. Paired with scientists of their own choosing, composers make music inspired by and reflective of the individual's scientific work. Each piece, written for cello and electronic, will be performed by Jeffrey Zeigler, long time member of Kronos Quartet, cellist for John Zorn, Philip Glass, Laurie Anderson, and many more. 

The unique collaboration will premiere in New York City Fall of 2018, shortly followed by premieres in Mexico City, Austin, and beyond.

Donate to Golden Hornet

Golden Hornet is currently raising funds for our 2017-2018 season. You can aide this effort and help support new music and new projects with a tax deductible contribution. To make a donation, please click the button below. Thank you in advance for your contribution!