American Composers Orchestra: EarShot & Underwood New Music Readings

American Composers Orchestra
EarShot & Underwood New Music Readings

February 5-8, 2018 Fort Wayne Philharmonic (Fort Wayne, IN)
February 27-March 2, 2018 Charlotte Symphony (Charlotte, NC)
April 17-20, 2018 Jacksonville Symphony (Jacksonville, FL)
June 21-23, 2018 American Composers Orchestra (New York, NY)

Application Receipt Deadline: October 16, 2017, 5:00pm EST
Composer Notification:
December 15, 2017 for Charlotte and Fort Wayne
January 15, 2018 for Jacksonville and Underwood

American Composers Orchestra seeks to identify and celebrate emerging American composers through its Underwood New Music Readings and EarShot program.

The Underwood New Music Readings center around two public reading sessions taking place on June 21 and 22, 2018, when selected composers will have their music rehearsed, performed, and professionally recorded for personal, archival, and non‐commercial use. After the first reading session composers will receive feedback from the conductor, mentor-composers, and musicians from American Composers Orchestra. Composers will have an opportunity to submit errata for the second reading session. Composers will also participate in professional development workshops and feedback sessions. The goal for participating composers is to develop a composition style that is deeply personal and artistically true, yet designed to enter the standard orchestral repertory.

Drawing from a national network of advisors and advocates, EarShot works with orchestras around the country to identify and support promising composers in the early stages of their careers. Orchestras have relied on EarShot to identify and connect with composers consistent with their artistic vision, and to advise the orchestra on commissions, competitions, and program design. Managed by the American Composers Orchestra (ACO), EarShot is a partnership between the ACO, League of American Orchestras, American Composers Forum, and New Music USA. Over the past 10 years EarShot has initiated dozens of composer/orchestra/conductor relationships across the country offering opportunities to more than 100 composers. In 2016, ACO launched a composer archive of past EarShot compositions now in the orchestral repertoire.

For both programs, travel and accommodations are provided, and composers will receive a recording of their work for archival and study purposes.

16 Oct 2017