ACO’s EarShot

June 16-17, 2022

DiMenna Center for Classical Music

American Composers Orchestra
George Manahan, Conductor

Mentor Composers: Derek Bermel, Jonathan Bailey Holland, Jessie Montgomery

Participants: Adeliia Faizullina, Patrick Holcomb, Tommy Dougherty, Will Stackpole, Yuting Tan, Elijah Smith, and Yuqin (“Strucky”) Yi

About the Composers

Adeliia Faizullina (b.1988) is a Tatar composer, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and quray player. As a composer, she explores cutting-edge vocal colors and paints delicate and vibrant atmospheres inspired by the music and poetry of Tatar folklore. Read More

Patrick Holcomb (b. 1996) is a composer from Ocean View, Delaware who is currently based in Rochester, New York. Holcomb’s recent compositional honors include a 2021 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award, a 2021 American Prize in Composition, a 2020 BMI Student Composer Award, the 2019/2021 Jon Vickers Film Scoring Award, and the 2019 Georgina Joshi Composition Commission Award. Read More

Composer and violinist Tommy Dougherty (b. 1990) is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and is a  composer of orchestral, chamber, and solo works. Over the past several years, Tommy’s music has been performed by the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra,  Modern Violin Ensemble (MoVE), Alarm Will Sound, Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, and Kinetic  Ensemble. Read More

Will Stackpole is a composer whose music has been called “lively” and possessing a “savage charm” by the New York Times. He began his musical career as an electric guitarist and recording engineer in Hoboken, New Jersey. Read More

Singaporean composer Yuting Tan writes music which explores the interaction of different sounds to form unique harmonies and textures. Her music has been recognized with awards including First Prize in the Macht Orchestral Composition Competition (2018), First Prize in the Virginia Carty DeLillo Composition Competition (2018), and Third Prize in the Prix d’Été Competition (2017) at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, and has been performed in Singapore, USA, UK, Thailand, New Zealand, and Italy. Read More

Praised by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra as a “rising star”, composer Elijah Daniel  Smith is quickly establishing himself as one of today’s leading young composers. His music,  which has been described as “an extended flirtation with chaos” (Chicago Tribune), and as “a  compilation of sounds that defy their source” (Picture This Post), ranges from orchestral  compositions to multimedia and interdisciplinary collaborations. Read More

Yuqin (Strucky) Yi is a composer, arranger, multi-instrumentalist based in New York City. Influenced by a wide variety of music genres, his works aim for a crystallization not only of classical music but also of rock, jazz, and soul music. In addition to working in the commercial music industry, Yi has been involved with many classical and jazz events as a composer, orchestrater and consultant. Read More