ACO Seeks Education Intern – Paid Position

Position Type: Part-Time

Compensation: $15/hour

Education Intern Duties

6-12 hrs/wk through June ’23. Average of 8-10 hours per week.

Education Intern reports to ACO Education Director, Kevin James


Scope of Work

Project Based:

  • track, update and expand all education contacts (DoE, private schools, colleges, other arts programs, other education programs)
  • create and test script for efficiently uploading & updating education calendar to ACO organizational calendar
  • research industry best practices, repertoire by living composers recommended by state school music associations, and academic findings on creativity in the classroom


  • maintain communication and follow-ups with TAs re: scheduling, things we need from them, attendance records, evaluation/assessment
  • tracking and collating assessment materials and other evergreen curriculum resources
  • assist with regular tasks such as payroll & record keeping, researching venues for upcoming reading, etc.
  • assist with setting up/following up on recruitment for tuition based classes
  • assist with materials and logistics surrounding site visits, special events, professional development, Earshot Education sessions, and other ACO Education activities
  • editing/archiving/organizing documentation materials 
  • meet regularly with ACO Education Director Kevin James
  • conduct  schools visits or view composer presentations for assessment purposes


Founded in 1977, 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, middle school through college composer education programs, and composer advancement programs to foster a community of creators, audience, performers, collaborators, and funders. ACO identifies and develops talent, performs established composers, champions those who are lesser-known, and increases regional, national, and international awareness of the infinite variety of American orchestral music, reflecting gender, racial, ethnic, geographic, stylistic, and age diversity. 

ACO performs regularly at Carnegie Hall, with additional recent NYC-area performances at the Apollo Theater, DiMenna Center for Classical Music, and Jazz at Lincoln Center. ACO performances have been broadcast on major platforms including American Public Media, National Public Radio, and Voice of America. To date, ACO has performed music by 800 American composers, including over 350 world premieres and newly commissioned works. ACO has been awarded the ASCAP annual prize for adventurous programming 35 times, and has been singled out by ASCAP as “the orchestra that has done the most for new American music in the United States.”

For over 40 years, ACO has discovered and developed the careers of composers whose work expands the definition of American orchestral music. Now encompassing all of ACO’s composer advancement initiatives, EarShot is the first ongoing, systematic program for developing relationships between composers and orchestras on the national level. Through orchestral readings, CoLABoratory fellowships, consortium commissions, and professional development, EarShot ensures a vibrant musical future by investing in creativity today. Serving over 350 composers since inception, ACO Readings in NYC began in 1991, and since 2008, national Readings have been offered in partnership with orchestras across the country in collaboration with the League of American Orchestras, New Music USA, and American Composers Forum. Readings composers have gone on to win every major composition award, including the Pulitzer, Grammy, Grawemeyer, American Academy of Arts and Letters, and Rome Prizes. Within ACO’s EarShot composer advancement programs, 79% of participants have self-identified as BIPOC, 37% as female and 5% as nonbinary.

ACO’s Sonic Spark educational programs position music composition as a gateway to creative thinking, problem solving, and self-expression. Our long-term 4-12th grade residencies nurture the imagination through creative rituals and play, cultivating personal, social, and academic growth. 



ACO provides a flexible work environment for team members. ACO’s team is currently working remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Team members can work from our NYC office, or create a schedule that balances remote and in-office work. Accommodations are readily available for team members with disabilities and neurodivergent team members.

This position is part-time, estimated at 20-25 hours per week, creating space for candidates to continue their artistic practice outside of ACO. Hours are flexible, and include some nights, weekends, and travel. This position is based in NYC, with in-person attendance at performances, rehearsals, EarShot events, board meetings, and meetings with artistic partners required. We welcome applications from candidates based outside the tri-state area provided that they maintain enough of a presence in NYC to fulfill the responsibilities of this leadership role.



Please visit to submit a cover letter and resume. We are seeking to fill this position immediately.

ACO is an equal opportunity employer. ACO does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.