Orchestral Reading with Aguascalientes Symphony Orchestra

American Composers Orchestra seeks to identify and celebrate emerging American composers through its EarShot program.

Drawing from a national network of advisors and advocates, EarShot works with orchestras around the country to identify and support promising composers in the early stages of their careers. Orchestras have relied on EarShot to identify and connect with composers consistent with their artistic vision, and to advise the orchestra on commissions, competitions, and program design. Managed by the American Composers Orchestra (ACO), EarShot is a partnership between the ACO, League of American Orchestras, American Composers Forum, and New Music USA. Over the past 10 years EarShot has initiated dozens of composer/orchestra/conductor relationships across the country offering opportunities to more than 100 composers. In 2016, ACO launched a composer archive of past EarShot compositions now in the orchestral repertoire.

In keeping with ACO’s commitment to customizing the EarShot residencies to the participating orchestra’s programming requests, Aguascalientes Symphony Orchestra will select 3 Mexican composers and 3 American composers for their residency.

This year, the Aguascalientes Symphony Orchestra participant composers will work closely with mentor composers Gabriela Ortiz, Derek Bermel, and an established American composer (TBD), as well as conductor Jose Arean.

There is no application fee. Travel and accommodations are provided, and composers will receive a recording of their work for archival and study purposes.

Eligibility

-This program is for composers who have had fewer than 2 pieces performed by a professional orchestra. (College and festival orchestra performances do not apply.)
-American applicants must be either a U.S. citizen or non-citizen lawfully and permanently residing, or studying full-time, in the United States. Mexican applicants must be a Mexican citizen or non-citizen lawfully and permanently residing, or studying full-time, in Mexico.
-We seek composers of all backgrounds, especially those whose gender identity, race, ethnicity, physical ability, neurodiversity, socio-economic status, and/or background has been historically or currently underrepresented in professional orchestral programming.
-There are no age restrictions; applicants should be composers at the early stages of their professional orchestral careers.
-Composers selected to participate in prior ACO EarShot, Underwood, or Whittaker New Music Reading Sessions are ineligible.
-Previous JCOI participants are eligible to apply.
-Past applicants not previously selected are welcome to re-apply with a new score and a complete application, including all required background information.

Application Instructions

-Each composer may submit only one composition for consideration. Works that have been previously submitted to ACO for consideration may not be resubmitted, unless requested by ACO.
-Works may not have been performed or read by a professional orchestra. If the work has been read by a professional orchestra, the work is eligible for submission if it has undergone major revisions.
-Compositions may not include voice, electronics, MIDI, digital technology, amplification, and/or sound reinforcement. Concerto works are not eligible.
-Do not submit recordings.
-The quality of the score submitted is the primary evaluation criterion. It is therefore in the applicant’s best interest that the score be clear, accurate, and the best representation of the composer’s work. The additional background and educational information is for eligibility and documentation purposes; these materials are not considered in the general review of scores.
-Incomplete, illegible, or late applications will not be considered.

Composers selected are responsible for delivering professional-quality score and parts. Travel and accommodations will be provided.

Applicants must submit an electronic submission form, the orchestral score and resume. There is no application fee.

Online application can be found here:https://www.emailmeform.com/builder/form/z7aEcBc60Db722Wo84S

Questions? Contact Aiden Feltkamp at aiden@americancomposers.org

23 May 2019