ACO Annual Reports

ACO is pleased to share annual reports and audited statements from recent seasons below. To learn more about ACO from Guidestar, an information service specializing in reporting on U.S. nonprofit companies, please see our profile here. ACO is also listed on Charity Navigator, a charity assessment organization that evaluates hundreds of thousands of charitable organizations based in the United States, click here.

The COVID-19 pandemic has put new questions in front of us, creating an opportunity to reimagine the ACO’s role at a time when our field was called to reinvent its work in the face of rapidly changing circumstances. The past year underlined ACO’s importance as a catalyst for the orchestral field, and our programming highlighted the importance of nurturing the practice of creativity in all its forms.  We leaned hard into online programming, while investing in composer advancement and laying the groundwork for a robust return to live performance in 21-22. Highlights include 12 Professional Development Webinars, eight Composer to Composer Talks, a Listening Party of ten works performed by ACO at Carnegie’s Stern Auditorium, two Composer Spotlights, education programs that served 250 students, and an expanded audience reach from 3,000 to 11,000 annually.

As we look back at the 2019-20 season we are grateful for the lessons learned, and are hopeful for the future of our field and our nation. Before performances came to a stop in mid-March, ACO presented one Carnegie Hall Concert, completed the annual Underwood Readings, and EarShot Readings with Aquascalientes Orchestra in Mexico, and Buffalo Philharmonic. With education programes in NYC, students at 8 schools received in-person and distance learning music education. ACO pivoted to virtual events in April launching Connecting ACO Community,  commissioning and premiering 19 short works for solo instrument or voice. 

We look back at the 2018-19 season and marvel at the community of artists and audience that converged at ACO events. George, Derek and Ed program an ever-adventurous and horizon-expanding repertoire. This season’s Carnegie Hall series brought us a sci-fi opera by Alex Temple, a concerto for Imani Winds by Valerie Coleman, a multimedia oratorio by Du Yun and Khaled Jarrar, a rarely heard work by Morton Feldman, and the recognition of two composers celebrating their 80th Birthdays: Joan Tower and Gloria Coates.

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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