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)
THE SUBMISSION DEADLINE HAS PASSED.
is for reference only.
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
Robert Beaser and
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
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
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
Only works completed after January 1, 2009, will be
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
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
Composers must attend reading session on June 3, 2014,
meetings and professional development workshops June 3-4, 2014 in New York
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
A completed submission form.
You may print and
mail your submission:
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
- 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
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.