Compose Yourself! PRO Registration

ACO Compose Yourself

The ACO Compose Yourself!  PRO program is designed to help college and post-college composers refine their skills, develop their voice, and gain the confidence needed to enter the world of the professional composer.

Compose Yourself! PRO composers will:
  • learn to produce their own performances of new works – including side-by-side opportunities with professional musicians
  • receive professional quality recordings of Reading sessions and performances for use in competitions and professional submissions
  • help to arrange class visits by renowned guest composers, conductors, and performers of their own choosing
  • receive free entrance to ACO special events including professional development seminars and performances of newly commissioned pieces, as well as Q&A with ACO composers






Time to Move Your

 Skill Set and Career Forward?





scroll down this page to find the registration form and more info 


Our THEME this fall will revolve around how composers use elements of style and genre to develop and expand their work, work with larger ensembles, grow their voice, and become stronger orchestrators.

All Compose Yourself! classes are taught by ACO Education Director, Kevin James

Important Info

This Class is for:
Students of COLLEGE AGE and beyond

Classes will meet: 

During the weeks of:
(our meeting schedule is determined largely by the members of the class)
October 17, 31     
November 14    
December 5, 19    
January 9, 16
Our readings session will take place in the latter half of January, but because of Covid, all specifics are TBD

Days and Times:
The class schedule is arranged by its members in coordination with Mr. James. Class meetings are conducted in a seminar style and are scheduled for 2 hours.


*Scholarships are not always available for the PRO class. However we encourage creative approaches for those who have need (such as unpaid internships). It is our intention that all interested students can participate, regardless of need  Look for the appropriate check box on the registration form below.


Fill out and submit the form below – you’ll need to scroll through this section to see all the questions. When you hit “Submit”, you’ll receive a confirmation that your registration has been received.

Questions & Information

If you have any questions or would like further information on how you child could benefit from ACO Education programming, contact Kevin James, Education Director: 212.977.8495 ext. 202 or

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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