Laura Jobin-Acosta is a motivated and passionate composer. She recently graduated with her master’s degree in classical composition from SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Laura Kaminsky and Kamala Sankaram. Laura Jobin-Acosta is a 2021 IDEA Opera Resident Artist hosted at the National Opera Center, where she will be under the mentorship of composer, Jake Heggie. Laura is also a 2021 BMP: Next Generation finalist as part of Beth Morrison Projects.
Jobin-Acosta realized her compositional skills by attending the Walden Creative Musicians Retreat in 2017, where she wrote a piece for Mivos Quartet that was premiered. While still in graduate school, she was commissioned to compose The Seven Last Words of Christ by Calvary-St. George Episcopal Church in Manhattan. Laura recently completed a chamber commission for Valkyrie Ensemble that premiered digitally in April 2021. Jobin-Acosta is currently working on an opera miniature about paleontologist Mary Anning with librettist Kaitlin Sullivan. Under the dramaturgical mentorship of Cori Ellison, she is also working on a full length opera about Puerto Rico’s Doña Felisa Rincón de Gautier with librettist Sandra Flores-Strand. The workshop performance will premiere in December 2021.
Jobin-Acosta's unique multi-cultural upbringing and singing background is reflected in her music, which can be described as beautiful, weird, and full of layers and dialogue. She has significant local and international singing experience that expands to Munich, Vienna, and Israel, and regularly performs new music in New York City, where she resides.
OPERA America's IDEA Opera Residency program is supported by the
Katherine S. and Axel G. Rosin Fund of The Scherman Foundation.