American Composers Orchestra EarShot Readings: Public Readings

Mannes School of Music’s Tishman Auditorium

63 Fifth Avenue | New York, NY

Event Details

American Composers Orchestra holds its 31st EarShot Readings (formerly Underwood New Music Readings) in June 2023 in New York City, conducted by Tito Muñoz.

Audiences are invited to experience the full read through of works by six composers. One composer will be selected to receive a $15,000 commission for a new work to be performed by ACO in a future season. Featured artists, venue and more details will be announced in early 2023.

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.

Call for Scores | Deadline: September 9, 2022

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.

Learn more and apply here.

Experience the Readings

Audiences will be invited to a working rehearsal on June 1, 2023 and a public reading on June 2, 2023. Tickets and more information will be available in 2023.

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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