EarShot is a program of the American Composers Orchestra, in partnership with the League of American Orchestras, American Composers Forum, and New Music USA. Over the past 10 years the program 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 as a resource to the field. Orchestras across the country and around the world rely on EarShot to identify and connect with creative artists, as well as to advise on commissions, competitions, and program design.
The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) is seeking artists/composers with works for Western symphonic orchestra (3333/4331/harp/piano/timp+3/strings) to be rehearsed, performed, and recorded in Atlanta, GA on May 9-10, 2023, offering selected participants the opportunity to collaborate with mentors consisting of both established orchestral composers and industry leaders. This collaboration with ACO is a part of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s aim to challenge the stereotypical image of a “composer”; works by Black and/or Latine composers and artists are eligible for this call. In addition to offering recordings of the selected works, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra EarShot Readings will be video recorded as a part of an upcoming ASO documentary.
The Naples Philharmonic is seeking artists/composers with works for Western symphonic orchestra (2222/4221/ timp, 2 perc, keyboard/strings[10.8.6.5.3]) to be rehearsed, performed, and recorded in Naples, FL on May 15-16, 2023, offering selected participants the opportunity to collaborate with mentors consisting of both established orchestral composers and industry leaders. This call for scores is a part of the Naples Philharmonic’s initiatives to advance the work of women composers. All composers who are women are eligible to apply for this call for scores.
There is no application fee for either of these opportunities. Travel (up to $700) and local accommodations are provided. Featured artists will receive recordings of their works for both personal and professional use.
Composers selected are responsible for delivering professional-quality score and parts; a printing stipend of $250 will be provided to offset costs.
Travel (up to $700) and accommodations will be provided.
Before submitting an application, carefully review the eligibility and submission guidelines for each call. A complete submission must include the following:
Application Receipt Deadline: Friday, October 28, 2022 11:59 PM EST
Selected Composer/Artist Notification: Friday, December 9, 2022
Scores are reviewed by a panel of composers representing various backgrounds, demographics, and musical styles. Panelists rate the scores numerically on criteria including originality, technical proficiency, and orchestration. Selected scores will advance to a second round of panelists comprised of ACO artistic staff, who will in turn select a group of finalists. From these finalists, participants for each opportunity will be selected by the artistic staff of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the Naples Philharmonic, respectively.
Review panelists from the past four years include Shawn Okpebholo, Michi Wiancko, Kathryn Alexander, David Biedenbender, Lisa Bielawa, Chen Yi, Anthony Cheung, Rob Deemer, Man Fang, Gabriela Lena Frank, Jimmy Lopez, Eric Nathan, Clint Needham, Gabriela Ortiz, Elizabeth Ogonek, Kate Soper, Ken Ueno, Dan Visconti, Wang Jie, Wang Lu, Xi Wang, Trevor Weston, and Lidiya Yankovskaya.
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