CoLABoratory Fellows

2022-2023 Season

CoLABoratory Fellowships advance the work of composers whose work is experimental or rooted in musical traditions underrepresented in orchestral repertoire. CoLABoratory addresses systemic barriers within orchestral commissioning, providing a gateway to the field and a generative environment for composers from diverse musical backgrounds to create definition-expanding work for orchestra.

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Seven Sides of Fire 

A new work for chamber orchestra (35 players) and the Attacca Quartet to be premiered by ACO on October 20, 2022 at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall.  

Yvette Janine Jackson

Hello, Tomorrow!

Taking its title from the George Lefferts’ story, Jackson’s work is written for orchestra and electronics, and will premiere on October 20, 2022 at Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall.

Trevor New

Cohere Touch 

A new work for orchestra and augmented reality system “The Hub,” a custom-built, server-based system that can support in-person and virtual interactivity. To premiere in June 2023 with ACO (exact date TBD).

Mendi + Keith Obadike

Dream Train

A meditative piece inspired by the mythology of the train in African American music and visual art featuring ACO musicians and 3 actors. To premiere in June 11, 2023 with ACO.

Marcus Gilmore


Gilmore’s first large-scale composition. Written for drums, chamber ensemble and spoken word, it is inspired by the African-American history of resilience, as well as the necessity for healing and awakening post trauma.

Lead support for EarShot CoLABoratory is generously provided by TD Charitable Foundation.

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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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