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.

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.
A panel of experts converse about the role of race in orchestral culture, individual responsibility, and how racism manifests in the classical music industry. They will use Nebal Maysaud's article, 'It's Time to Let Classical Music Die' as a jumping off point.
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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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