Recent Press

“American Composers Orchestra has brought to the city a repertory of music of our time which leaves all the major American orchestras far behind.” – The New York Times

“If orchestras are more accommodating to living composers today, ACO can rightfully claim at least some of the credit.” – Time Out New York

“the organization exists to upend the status quo with symphonic magnitude” – The Philadelphia Inquirer

“A brilliant and unpretentious showcase for music in the new millennium.” – The Guardian

Press Releases

For press inquiries, please contact:

Katy Salomon, Primo Artists, Katy [at] primoartists [dot] com

  • 1/19/23: 9 Composers Selected for two EarShot Readings, plus Sphinx Venture Grant [read release]
  • 12/15/22: Grammy-Nominated Violinist/Composer Curtis Stewart Appointed as ACO’s New Artistic Director [read release]
  • 11/17/22: American Composers Orchestra announces Spring 2023 EarShot Readings [read release]
  • 9/20/22: Derek Bermel Concludes Tenure as Artistic Director of American Composers Orchestra [read release]
  • 9/1/22: Elijah Daniel Smith Received 2022 EarShot Readings Commission [read release]
  • 8/23/22: American Composers Orchestra Announces 2022-2023 Season [read release]
  • 6/10/22: Garrett McQueen Appointed Director of Artist Equity by American Composers Orchestra [read release]
  • 7/29/21: ACO’s 2021-2022 Season: 11 premieres & partnerships with the Apollo Theater, National Black Theatre, Groupmuse Foundation, and Carnegie Hall [read release]
  • 2/11/21: American Composers Orchestra Presents Next Composer to Composer Talk with Joan Tower & Conor Brown on February 24 and Continues Online Professional Development Panels on February 17, March 3, and March 10 [pdf]
  • 2/8/21: American Composers Orchestra Appoints Melissa Ngan as President and CEO Effective February 16, 2021 [pdf]
  • 1/29/21: George Manahan Transitions to Music Director Emeritus of American Composers Orchestra [pdf]
  • 12/08/20: American Composers Orchestra presents Composer to Composer Talks with William Bolcom & Gabriela Lena Frank and John Corigliano & Mason Bates in January 2021 [pdf]
  • 11/18/20: American Composers Orchestra presents Chen Yi, Zhou Long, and Kerwin Young in Composer to Composer Talk on December 2 [pdf]
  • 10/30/20: American Composers Orchestra presents George Lewis, Courtney Bryan, and Damon Holzborn in Composer to Composer Talk on November 18 [pdf]
  • 10/1/20: American Composers Orchestra Announces Virtual Programming Schedule for October 2020 through February 2021 [pdf]
  • 9/17/20: American Composers Orchestra Names Lyndsay Werking Acting President [pdf]
  • 8/18/20: American Composers Orchestra Announces 2020-2021 Season Updates [pdf]
  • 8/6/20: President Edward Yim is Completing his Tenure with Gains for Composers, Musicians and Audiences of Orchestral Music [pdf]
  • 5/26/20: American Composers Orchestra Announces Connecting ACO Community – Volume 2 [pdf]
  • 4/21/20: American Composers Orchestra Announces Two Commissions from the 2020 Underwood New Music Readings [pdf]
  • 4/7/20: American Composers Orchestra Announces Connecting ACO Community [pdf]
  • 3/30/20: Houston Symphony EarShot Readings Postponed [pdf]
  • 3/11/20: American Composers Orchestra to Hold the 29th Annual Underwood New Music Readings Without Public Audience [pdf]
  • 3/11/20: American Composers Orchestra 2019-2020 Season Continues at Carnegie Hall [pdf]
  • 10/10/19: American Composers Orchestra 2019-2020 Season Opens at Carnegie Hall [pdf]
  • 9/25/19: American Composers Orchestra Announces 2019-2020 Season [pdf]



Christina Jensen
christina [at] jensenartists [dot] com
646.536.7864 ext. 1

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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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