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 American Composers Orchestra is seeking composers/artists with works for full symphonic orchestra to be rehearsed, performed, and recorded by the American Composers Orchestra in New York, NY, offering selected participants the opportunity to collaborate with mentors including established orchestral composers, members of the American Composers Orchestra, and industry leaders. For over a generation, EarShot Readings (est. 2008) as well as ACO’s New Music Readings (‘Whitaker’ from 1993-2009, ‘Underwood’ from 2009-2020, ‘EarShot in NYC’ from 2022 onwards), have provided all-important career development and public exposure to the country’s most promising emerging composers, with over 350 composers participating. ACO is making this call for scores for recorded readings taking place June 1-2 in New York City.
The Next Festival of Emerging Artists is seeking scores for string orchestra. The Next Festival of Emerging Artists is a festival for early-career artists dedicated to the music of our time, fostering collaborative relationships, and creating 360°artists. The Next Festival orchestra is comprised of string players (ages 20-30) who are committed to collaborations with living composers. The Festival’s Composer Workshop will feature the rehearsal and recording of each Fellow’s submitted composition. Following the recording sessions, Fellows will also participate in a multi-disciplinary collaboration and improvisation session with choreographers and dancers that will combine each Fellow’s submitted composition with contemporary dance.
The Next Festival of Emerging Artists Earshot Workshops foster collaborative relationships in a peer-to-peer setting, offering the opportunity for emerging composers to gain in-depth experience writing for and working with string orchestra musicians, while giving their performer peers the tools to master contemporary performance practice. This opportunity will also include collaboration with early career choreographers, creating artistic and collaborative synergy between the musical and dance arts. The Next Fest Orchestra is making this call for scores for workshops to be held on June 5-8, with final reading/recording sessions taking place June 8-9 in New York City.
There is no application fee for either of these opportunities. Travel (up to $750) and local accommodations are provided. Featured artists will receive recordings of their works for both personal and professional use.
Note: the same eligibility criteria apply to both the EarShot Readings with ACO and the EarShot Workshops with The Next Festival of Emerging Artists
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 $750 for international participants) 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:
American Composers Orchestra: EarShot New Music Readings
American Composers Orchestra, conducted by Tito Muñoz (New York, NY)
June 1-2, 2023
The Next Festival of Emerging Artists: EarShot New Music Workshops
Next Festival Orchestra, conducted by Peter Askim (New York, NY)
June 5-9, 2023
Application Receipt Deadline: Friday, September 9, 2022 11:59 PM EST
Selected Composer/Artist Notification: Friday, October 21, 2022
Scores are reviewed by a panel of 3 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 2-3 composers and ACO’s Artistic Director, Derek Bermel, who will in turn select a group of finalists. From these finalists, participants for ACO EarShot Readings will be selected by Maestro Tito Muñoz in collaboration with ACO staff. Next Festival EarShot Workshop participants will be selected by Next Festival Artistic Director, Peter Askim.
Review panelists from the past four years include 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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