NACUSA/Los Angeles

Yalil Guerra, President

NACUSA-LA engages our community through the creation, performance, and promotion of contemporary musical art, while providing resources and opportunities to Southern California composers and performers. NACUSA is a 501(3)(c) non-profit organization.

The Los Angeles Chapter of the National Association of Composers, USA (NACUSA-LA) announces the Culver City Centennial Celebration Music in the Chambers concert on Saturday, April 15, 2017, at 7:00 PM in the Mike Balkman Council Chambers at Culver City City Hall. Reservations required. Telephone: (323) 536-2123. Or Email There is free parking in the parking garage below Culver City City Hall. The concert will be streamed live

Featured artists are The Lyris Quartet (renowned string players), and Culver City artists: Dr. Berkeley Price (clarinet), Nancy Roth (viola), Stephen M. Fry (piano), Warren Sherk and Deon Nielsen Price (composers); and also Los Angeles composers Frank Campo and Daniel Kessner.

The April 15, 2017 concert was inspired by the Culver City Redevelopment Agency's Music in the Chambers series, which occurred from 2003 to 2012. Dr. Deon Nielsen Price was featured, along with other local composers and performers, for Music in the Chambers concerts in 2003 and 2004, The April 15 concert is, in part, a reconstruction of those concerts with the addition of new string quartets, film music from the 1930s, and Price's "Serenade in the Chambers" and Tableaux for String Quartet and Clarinet based on Culver City history with scene titles: "La Ballona," "Alabados y Fiestas," "'Keep 'em laughing' (Hal Roach)", "Sister Cities," and "Enterprising Harry Culver."

This performance is made possible in part by the City of Culver City and its Culver City Performing Arts Grant Program with support from Sony Pictures Entertainment. Additional support is by Sorrento Italian Market, John Riordan Plumbing, Culver Crest Publications and other local businesses.


Performance Opportunity!

We have the opportunity to organize a concert of music by NACUSA Los Angeles chapter composers during the month of June at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art in downtown Santa Ana, California.

The Center will be presenting an exhibit entitled "Art As Protest" from June 3 through July 8. The exhibitions director Carolyn Yarnell has invited NACUSA to present pieces that are related to the theme of the exhibit: protest.

If you have a piece (or can write a piece) about "protest" please send a description including the name of the piece, its instrumentation and its duration to Richard Derby at by March 17, 2017. When we determine that there are enough submissions to fill a concert program, further plans will be forthcoming.

Please note:

  • For this concert, composers will be asked to play or sing their own works or to bring their own performers and instruments.
  • The venue does not have a piano. No pieces calling for a piano can be performed at this location. (You could perhaps bring your own electric piano or synthesizer).
  • It may be possible to include electronic, computer or multi-media pieces if you bring your own equipment. Short films with original scores might also work.

More information about the OCCCA can be found at