The League of American Orchestras Announces New Initiative to Support Early-Career Women Composers
The League of American Orchestras has announced a new initiative to increase opportunities for early-career women composers through a series of orchestral readings and commissions, made possible by the generous support of the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation Program for Commissioning Women in the Performing Arts.
The readings will be administered by American Composers Orchestra on behalf of EarShot, the National Orchestral Composition Discovery Network, and take place with Berkeley Symphony Orchestra in California (February 2-3 and May 4-5, 2014); Detroit Symphony Orchestra (March 9-10, 2014); New York Philharmonic (June 3-4); and American Composers Orchestra in New York (June 6-8, 2014). During the readings composers are mentored by established composers and participate in career development workshops. Two of the participating composers will be selected to receive orchestral commissions of $15,000 each, with premiere details to be announced at a future date.
Jesse Rosen, League President and CEO, said: "This new effort complements our prior work in support of women conductors, which has included professional-development grants and career-development seminars. Bringing new artistic voices to the fore is a key mission for the League, and this program offers the rare opportunity for composers to have their works read and to receive a commission-two essential, but hard to come by, opportunities for professional growth."
Michael Geller, president of American Composers Orchestra and spokesperson for EarShot, said: "The partnership with the League of American Orchestras and the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation will allow us to strengthen our commitment to discovering important new compositional voices in orchestral music by creating increased opportunity for women composers through new music readings, professional development, and commissions."