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New York Philharmonic
EarShot New Music Readings
June 3-4, 2014, New York, NY
Performances June 5-7, 2014

submission deadline: Dec. 2, 2013 at 5:00PM (EST)

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New York Philharmonic, Alan Gilbert

The New York Philharmonic and Music Director Alan Gilbert, in cooperation with EarShot, is pleased to invite applications for the New York Philharmonic New Music Readings to be held in conjunction with the inaugural NY PHIL BIENNIAL. Composers will be selected for the readings on a competitive basis. Each work will be read in an open rehearsal on Tuesday, June 3, followed by feedback from New York Philharmonic musicians, Alan Gilbert, and mentor composers Christopher Rouse, Steven Mackey, Robert Beaser and Derek Bermel.

Three of the works included in the Readings will be selected to be performed as part of the Philharmonic’s subscription concerts later that week, on June 5, 6 and 7, 2014. as part of the NY PHIL BIENNIAL(One performance for each work).

Submissions must be received by December 2, 2013. Please see below for submission procedures and guidelines.

Founded in 1842 the New York Philharmonic is the oldest symphony orchestra in the United States, and one of the oldest in the world. It currently plays some 180 concerts a year, and has given more than 15,000 concerts. Alan Gilbert began his tenure as Music Director in September 2009, the latest in a distinguished line of musical giants that has included Lorin Maazel, Kurt Masur, Zubin Mehta, Pierre Boulez, and Leonard Bernstein. Since its inception the Orchestra has championed the new music of its time, commissioning or premiering many important works, such as Dvorák’s Symphony No. 9, From the New World; Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3; Gershwin’s Concerto in F; and Copland’s Connotations. This pioneering tradition has continued to the present day, with works of major contemporary composers regularly scheduled each season, including John Adams’s Pulitzer Prize– and Grammy Award–winning On the Transmigration of Souls; Christopher Rouse's Prospero's Rooms; Melinda Wagner’s Trombone Concerto; Wynton Marsalis’s Swing Symphony (Symphony No. 3); John Corigliano’s One Sweet Morning, for mezzo-soprano and orchestra; Magnus Lindberg’s Piano Concerto No. 2; as well as, by the end of the 2012-13 season, 22 works in CONTACT!, the new-music series. 


 

Eligibility

  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or non-citizens lawfully and permanently residing and/or studying full-time in the U.S.

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

  • 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.

  • Each composer may submit only one composition for consideration.

  • Only works completed after January 1, 2009, will be considered.

  • Compositions must be no more than 12 minutes in length, though a selection or movement from a longer work can be considered. Maximum instrumentation is: Winds: 3*, 3*, 3*, 3; Brass: 4, 3*, 3*, 1; Timpani + 3 Percussion, Harp, Piano and Strings: 14, 12, 10, 8, 6. (Standard orchestral doublings for the winds and brass are permitted.) Works exceeding the maximum instrumentation require advance approval for consideration.

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

  • Do not submit recordings.

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

  • 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.

  • Emerging American 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

  • Composers must attend reading session on June 3, 2014, and feedback meetings and professional development workshops June 3-4, 2014 in New York City.

  • Composers should also plan on attending the New York Philhmonic's concerts June 5, 6 and 7, 2014 if their work is selected for performance after the Reading. (This will be determined upon the conclusion of the Reading Session.)

  • Composers must provide professional, legible orchestral parts and scores prepared according to guidelines established by the Major Orchestral Librarians Association. Materials must be delivered no later than March 1, 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

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.
  • A completed submission form 
  • One bound copy of the score, clearly labeled with the composer's name and title of the work on the cover page. (May be uploaded as a PDF file.)
  • 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. (May be uploaded as a PDF.)
  • 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 (or uploaded as a PDF.)
  • A self-addressed stamped envelope suitable for the return of materials. All supporting materials remain the property of American Composers Orchestra. ACO is not responsible for lost scores.
  • Applications must be received by Monday, December 2, 2013.
    This is a receipt deadline, not a postmark deadline.

Please send all materials to:
EarShot - Attn: New York Philharmonic New Music Readings
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: nyphil@EarshotNetwork.org


About EarShot

EarShot is 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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