American Composers Orchestra Partners with Berkeley, Detroit, La Jolla Symphonies & NY Phil in 2013-14

August 1
10:19 2013


American Composers Orchestra (ACO) continues its mission to be a catalyst for new American orchestral music while providing invaluable opportunities for composers through four EarShot partnerships during the 2013-2014 season. Calls for submissions for EarShot Readings with three of the orchestras are now open - Berkeley Symphony (Readings on February 2-3 & May 4-5, 2014, submission deadline August 30), Detroit Symphony (Readings on March 9-10, 2014, submission deadline October 11), and the New York Philharmonic (Readings on June 3, concerts on June 5-7, 2014, submission deadline December 2) as part of the NY PHIL BIENNIAL. Also as part of the NY PHIL BIENNIAL, ACO continues its ownUnderwood New Music Readings for the 23rd year in New York at the DiMenna Center (June 6-7, 2014, submission deadline December 2). Composers have already been selected for the La Jolla Symphony Readings, which take place on September 19 and 20, 2013.

EarShot, a nationwide network of new music readings and composer-development programs, is the nation's first ongoing, systematic program for identifying emerging orchestral composers, which provides professional-level working experience with orchestras from every region of the country and increases awareness of these composers and access to their music throughout the industry. EarShot is a partnership of American Composers Orchestra, American Composers Forum, New Music USA, and the League of American Orchestras. To date, more than three dozen composers have been selected for New Music Readings with orchestras including the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Pioneer Valley Symphony (MA), New York Youth Symphony, and the San Diego Symphony.

La Jolla Symphony & Chorus
September 19 & 20, 2013. Mandeville Auditorium at UC San Diego, CA.

As part of Earshot, the La Jolla Symphony & Chorus will host the final Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute (JCOI) Readings on September 19 and 20, 2013 at UCSD's Mandeville Auditorium, led by Music Director Steven Schick. The featured composers are Alan Chan, Tobin Chodos, Michael Dessen, Daniel Marschak, and Miya Masaoka. The mentor composers for the La Jolla Symphony Readings are Rand Steiger (UCSD), Anne LeBaron(California Institute of the Arts), and Anthony Davis (UCSD). The Readings will include a working rehearsal on September 19, and a run-through performance of the composers' pieces on September 20 at 7pm, which is free and open to the public.

Berkeley Symphony: EarShot Under Construction
February 2-3 & May 4-5, 2014. The Osher Studio, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Berkeley, CA
Submission Deadline: August 30, 2013

Berkeley Symphony, Joana Carneiro, music director, in cooperation with EarShot, will present its 2014 Under Construction Reading Series in February and May 2014. Three emerging composers will be selected to participate from a national candidate pool. Each will compose a new 10-minute work for orchestra, and have the opportunity to have the new piece workshopped, rehearsed, and read by Berkeley Symphony, in two, free and open-to-the-public reading sessions on February 2 and May 4, 2014 at The Osher Studio.

Composers will receive artistic and career guidance from the Symphony artistic staff, orchestra musicians, and renowned mentor-composers Edmund Campion and Robert Beaser, to further develop their professional skills. Composers selected will be responsible for delivering score and parts and attending both session dates with the Berkeley Symphony, and will receive a recording of their work for archival and study purposes. Travel and accommodations will be provided. Applications and submitted works for the Berkeley Symphony Readings are due by August 30, 2013. For submission procedures and guidelines, see

Hailed as "the Bay Area's most adventurous orchestra" by the Contra Costa Times, Berkeley Symphony has established a reputation for presenting major new works for orchestra alongside fresh interpretations of the classical European repertoire. It has been recognized with an Adventurous Programming Award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) in eight of the past ten seasons.

Detroit Symphony Orchestra: New Music Readings for African American Composers
March 9-10, 2014. Orchestra Hall, Detroit, MI.
Submission Deadline: October 11, 2013

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin, music director, and EarShot will hold its DSO New Music Readings in conjunction with the DSO's "Classical Roots" celebration March 9-10, 2014, in Detroit, MI at Orchestra Hall. The Readings will provide up to four emerging African-American composers the opportunity to work closely with the nationally acclaimed DSO under the baton of music director Leonard Slatkin.

Composers will be selected for the readings on a competitive basis. The experience will include feedback from DSO musicians, Maestro Slatkin, and mentor composers Bright Sheng, Gabriela Lena Frank, Derek Bermel, and Carman Moore. In addition, professional development workshops with leading professionals in the field will be offered. Composers selected will be responsible for delivering professional-quality score and parts, and will receive a recording of their work for archival and study purposes. Travel and accommodations will be provided. Submissions are due by October 11, 2013. For submission procedures and guidelines, see

The internationally acclaimed Detroit Symphony Orchestra, which celebrated its 125th anniversary in December 2012, is known for trailblazing performances, visionary maestros, collaborations with the world's foremost musical artists, and an unwavering commitment to Detroit. Esteemed conductor Leonard Slatkin, called "America's Music Director" by the Los Angeles Times, became the 12th Music Director of the DSO in 2008. The DSO's performance schedule includes Classical, Pops, Jazz, Young People's, Neighborhood concerts, and collaborations with chart-topping musicians from Smokey Robinson to Kid Rock. A commitment to broadcast innovation began in 1922 when the DSO became the first orchestra in the world to present a radio broadcast and continues today with the free Live from Orchestra Hall webcast series. Making its home at historic Orchestra Hall at the Max M. Fisher Music Center, one of America's most acoustically perfect concert halls, the DSO actively pursues a mission to impact and serve the community through music. DSO has a special commitment to honoring African-American contributions to classical music, hosting "Classical Roots" for the last 34 years.

New York Philharmonic EarShot New Music Readings
June 3, 2014. Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, NYC.
Submission Deadline: December 2, 2013

Submissions are now being accepted for the New York Philharmonic EarShot New Music Readings to be held in conjunction with the inaugural NY PHIL BIENNIAL on June 3, 2014, in New York, NY. The Readings will provide up to six emerging composers the opportunity to work closely with the internationally acclaimed New York Philharmonic under the baton of music director Alan Gilbert. Composers will be selected for the Readings on a competitive basis, and the experience will include feedback from principal New York Philharmonic musicians, Maestro Gilbert, composer/conductorMatthias Pintscher, and mentor composers Christopher Rouse, Steven Mackey, Robert Beaser, and Derek Bermel. Three of the emerging composers' works will be selected to be performed as part of the New York Philharmonic's subscription concerts on June 5, 6, and 7, 2014. Travel and accommodations will be provided. Submissions are due by December 2, 2013. For submission procedures and guidelines,

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