Professional Development Webinars

During ACO’s Professional Development Webinars, panels of experts share advice on various topics relevant to composers, from publishing scores to working with orchestras. Our webinar archive is freely available to watch on-demand. We invite you to attend future professional development sessions live on Zoom by signing up on our Performances & Events page.

Arts consultant Joseph H. Kluger, ACO President Melissa Ngan, and Artistic Director of the London Philharmonic Elena Dubinets present the basics of orchestra unions and answer attendee questions about common aspects of the union relating to orchestral composers.
Composer Aaron Jay Kernis presents the basics of etiquette as a composer working with an orchestra, discusses the general form of rehearsals with orchestras, and answers questions from the attendees.
ACO Artistic Director Derek Bermel explores the basics of orchestration through the lens of composer Steven R. Gerber’s NewMusicBox article “Orchestration: Composers Reveal Tricks of the Trade.” Useful for composers new and old to orchestration, Bermel explores the staples of orchestration with various score examples.
Established film composers talk about the film industry and the essentials of being a film composer. ACO Artistic Director Derek Bermel moderates a panel of experts. The panel will be followed by a Q&A session with the audience.
How can composers help guide their own careers? What part does creating an ensemble play in that? Frank J. Oteri moderates a panel of innovative ensemble creators to explore topics of entrepreneurship and career advancement as a composer. Q&A with audience will follow.
How does traditional programming change when it’s focused online? How is new music most effective in online programming? Where is classical music headed in the digital age? American Composers Orchestra President & CEO Melissa Ngan moderates a panel of experts, followed by a Q&A with the audience.
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