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Detroit Symphony Orchestra
New Music Readings for African-American Composers
March 9-10, 2014

submission deadline: October 11, 2013
PLEASE NOTE THE SUBMISSION DEADLINE HAS PASSED. APPLICATIONS ARE NO LONGER BEING ACCEPTED.

Detroit Symphony, Leonard Slatkin

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin, Music Director, and EarShot announce DSO New Music Readings to be held in conjunction with the DSO’s "Classical Roots" celebration March 9-10, 2014, in Detroit, MI. 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. Composers will receive a recording of their work for archival and study purposes. Travel and accommodations will be provided.

Submissions are due by Friday, October 11, 2013. Please see below for submission procedures and guidelines. There is no application fee.

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.


Eligibility & Guidelines

PLEASE NOTE THE SUBMISSION DEADLINE HAS PASSED. APPLICATIONS ARE NO LONGER BEING ACCEPTED.

  • The Readings are open to composers of African-American heritage.

  • Applicants must be either a U.S. citizen or non-citizen lawfully and permanently residing, or studying full-time, in the United States.

  • There are no age restrictions; however, applicants should be composers at the early stages of their professional careers.

  • Each composer may submit only one composition for consideration.

  • Works that have not been previously performed or read by a major professional orchestra (with a budget size of $3.6 million and above) are eligible.

  • Compositions must be no more than 15 minutes in length. A portion or movement from a longer work is also eligible

  • Instrumentation should not exceed the DSO's standard symphonic complement: winds at 3,3,3,3; brass at 4,3,3,1; harp, keyboard, timpani + 2 percussion, and strings (14, 12, 10, 8, 6). (Standard doublings in for the winds and brass are permitted.) Works with instrumentation which exceed the above will be considered only with advance approval.

  • Compositions may not include soloists, electronics, MIDI, digital technology, and/or sound reinforcement.

  • 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.

  • Submissions may be considered for other eligible EarShot activities during the 2013-14 season if indicated on the application form.

  • Composers who have applied previously for an EarShot Reading are eligible and must submit a new and complete application, including score and all required background information.

  • Incomplete, illegible, or late applications will not be considered.

If Selected

  • Accepted composers must provide professional, legible orchestral parts and scores prepared according to guidelines established by the Major Orchestral Librarians Association. Materials must be delivered to DSO no later than 5 PM, January 6, 2014.

  • Composers must be available to attend the reading session, feedback meetings and professional development workshops in Detroit, MI, March 9-10, 2014.

  • Composers agree to submit photos and a short biography for media purposes, to participate in blogging and social media, to be videotaped/recorded for archival and promotional purposes, and to have their music recorded for archival and study purposes.

How to Apply

PLEASE NOTE THE SUBMISSION DEADLINE HAS PASSED. APPLICATIONS ARE NO LONGER BEING ACCEPTED.

Before submitting an application, carefully review the eligibility & submission guidelines above. A complete submission must include the following:

  • A completed submission form.
    You may print and mail your submission: (PDF)
    Or, you may complete your submission online.

  • One bound copy of the orchestral score, clearly labeled with the composer's name and title of the work on the cover page.

  • A current resume for the composer including educational background, major teachers, awards, professional affiliations.

  • A list of works, including title, year composed, instrumentation, duration, and performance history.

  • One letter of recommendation from an established composer or other music professional, attesting to the applicant's accomplishments and potential as an orchestral composer. The recommendation may be sent under separate cover.

  • A self-addressed, stamped envelope suitable for the return of materials. All supporting materials remain the property of EarShot. Detroit Symphony Orchestra and EarShot are not responsible for lost scores.

  • There is no application fee.

  • Applications must be received by Friday, October 11, 2013.
    This is a receipt deadline, not a postmark deadline.

Please send all materials to:
EarShot - Attn: Detroit Symphony Orchestra Readings
c/o American Composers Orchestra
244 West 54th Street, Suite 805
New York, NY 10019-5515

For questions or further information:
call: 212-977-8495 ext. 202
email: detroit@EarShotNetwork.org


About EarShot

The DSO 'Classical Roots' Readings are part of EarShot: the nationwide network of new music readings and composer-development programs. The goals of EarShot are to create the nation’s first ongoing systematic program for identifying emerging orchestral composers; to provide professional-level working experience with orchestras from every region of the country; and to increase 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.


EarShot is made possible with the support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and The Aaron Copland Fund for Music. Additional funding provided by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.

   

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