A recent Curtis Institute of Music graduate is a new composer in residence for Opera Philadelphia and the Music-Theatre Group of New York. Rene Orth, 30, is the sixth composer to go through the program, starting her term June 1.

Orth, whose chamber opera Empty the House was premiered by Curtis in January, was chosen by a panel of Opera Philadelphia's general director David Devan, music director Corrado Rovaris and new works administrator Sarah Williams; Diane Wondisford of the Music-Theatre Group; and Mikael Eliasen, who is both the opera company's artistic adviser and head of Curtis' opera department.

Orth, originally from Dallas, lives in Philadelphia. She shares the composers' roster with David T. Little, who was appointed in June 2014, and David Hertzberg, appointed in June 2015. Composers Missy Mazzoli, Lembit Beecher and Andrew Norman were previous composers in residence.