ACO Composers

Hear your work performed by a professional orchestra for the first time. Learn from music professionals and artist mentors.  Premiere your new work in unforgettable experiences.  Take the leading edge of music through ACO’s programs.

Hear beautiful and provocative sounds and meet the artists behind them. Join our vibrant, inclusive community of talented creators and intensely curious listeners obsessed with creativity, and be a part of pushing the boundaries of musical expression and experience.

ACO Sonic Spark programs help students fulfill their potential through engagement with the creative arts and performing music. In schools, in collaboration with some of New York’s most impactful arts programs, and in private group study, we make composition into a platform for creativity, and creativity is a platform for achievement in all areas.

ACO supports composers at all levels in the creation of new orchestral works, from exploring the legacy of great artists to premiering new works by fresh voices. Join ACO’s network of partners in supporting the voices of the future.

Welcome Back Family and Friends Chamber Concert

September 28, 2021 7:00 pm
DiMenna Center for Classical Music

Compose Yourself Readings: College Division

October 1, 2021 7:00 pm
DiMenna Center , Benzaquen Hall

New Canons

October 23, 2021 2:00 pm
A Hybrid Virtual & In-Person Performance

Julia Adolphe

A composer, writer, and soprano whose music embraces diverse artistic and sociological influences, unfolding intricate emotional narratives. Adolphe's work has received performances across the United States and abroad.

Jonathan Bailey Holland

A native of Flint, MI, composer Jonathan Bailey Holland’s works have been commissioned and performed by orchestras and chamber ensembles across America.

Hilary Purrington

Hilary Purrington is a composer of chamber, vocal, and orchestral music. Her work has received recognition from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, ASCAP, the International Alliance for Women in Music, and the National Federation of Music Clubs (NFMC), among others.

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Our Mission & Vision

American Composers Orchestra (ACO) is dedicated to the creation, celebration, performance, and promotion of orchestral music by American composers. With commitment to diversity, disruption and discovery, ACO produces concerts, pre-college and college education programs, and emerging composer professional development to foster a community of creators, audience, performers, collaborators, and funders.

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