American Composers Orchestra Supports Nineteen Emerging Composers at 2022 EarShot Readings

The American Composers Orchestra (ACO) continues its commitment to the creation and development of new orchestral music, and to the next generation of composers, through its 2022 ACO EarShot Readings program. This year, nineteen composers will participate in EarShot Readings with the ACO, the Houston Symphony, the Oregon Symphony and the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. EarShot is a nationwide network of new music readings and composer development programs that provide professional-level work experience with orchestras in every region of the country.

For more than a generation, EarShot Readings and their predecessor ACO’s New Music Readings have provided life-altering career development and public exposure to the country’s most promising emerging composers, with over 250 composers participating. The Readings alumni have won every major composition award, including the Pulitzer, Grammy, Grawemeyer, American Academy of Arts & Letters and Rome Prizes. Orchestras around the world have engaged EarShot alumni.

Each EarShot Readings installment includes a series of private readings, feedback sessions, and work with mentor composers. Composers also receive a recording of their work. Feedback sessions with the main actors and artistic and musical directors provide crucial artistic, technical and conceptual assistance. Additionally, EarShot includes a series of online professional development sessions that cover topics such as creative collaboration, self-publishing for composers, fundraising, orchestra commissions and contracts.

This season, the ACO is partnering with the Houston Symphony for EarShot Readings March 29-30, 2022, led by Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Foundation Deputy Chief Chao Yue Bao. The participating composers are Marina López, José G. Martínez, DM R (Diana M. Rodriguez) and Marco-Adrián Ramos Rodríguez, and they will be mentored by composers Jimmy López Bellido, ACO artistic director Derek Bermel and Gabriela Ortiz .

The Oregon Symphony, conducted by Raúl Gómez-Rojas, will read works by composers Andrea Chamizo Alberro, Nicolas Chuaqui, Marisol Gentile, and Horacio Fernández Vázquez for EarShot Readings April 18-20, 2022. Mentor composers are Andy Akiho, Kenji Bunch, and Andreia Pinto-Correia. A reading open to the public will take place on April 20 at 9:30 a.m. at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall (1037 SW Broadway, Portland, OR).

The Tucson Symphony Orchestra, along with mentor composers Billy Childs, Michael Torke and Melinda Wagner, will read works by Chelsea Komschlies, Xavier Muzik, Nathan Nokes and Steven Sérpa for EarShot Readings May 17-21, 2022, led by Music Director Jose Luis Gomez. A reading open to the public will be held May 19, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. at the Leo Rich Theater at the Tucson Convention Center (60 S Church Ave, Tucson, AZ).

The COA will hold its 30th EarShot Readings on June 16-17, 2022 in New York, led by COA Music Director Emeritus George Manahan, with Mentor Composers, COA Artistic Director Derek Bermel, Jonathan Bailey Holland and Jessie Montgomery. The participating composers are Tommy Dougherty, Adeliia Faizullina, Patrick Holcomb, Elijah Daniel Smith, Will Stackpole, Yuting Tan and Yuqin (“Strucky”) Yi. Two events open to the public will take place – a working rehearsal on June 16 at 10 a.m. and a public reading of the works on June 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music (450 W. 37th St., NYC).

To date, the ACO has partnered with orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Nashville Symphony Orchestra, San Diego Symphony and Aguascalientes Symphony Orchestra (Mexico) via EarShot. ACO EarShot works in partnership with American Composers Forum, New Music USA and the League of American Orchestras.

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