The National Orchestral Composition Discovery Network

Matthew Kraemer and Daniel Schlosberg

The BPO made a truly meaningful contribution to the careers of the four composers, and through the EarShot readings we were able to build rewarding bridges in our community.
Dan Hart, Executive Director
Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra

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Upcoming EarShot Readings

Berkely Symphony 'Under Construction' Series
Feb. 2-3 & May 4-5, 2014

Detroit Symphony
March 9 - 10, 2014

New York Philharmonic
June 3-4, 2014

ACO Underwood New Music Readings
June 6-8, 2014

Previous EarShot Readings

La Jolla Symphony 2013

Buffalo Philharmonic 2013

ACO at Miller Theatre 2013

Buffalo Philharmonic 2012

San Diego Symphony 2012

Buffalo Philharmonic 2011

Pioneer Valley Symphony 2010

Nashville Symphony 2010

Colorado Symphony

Memphis Symphony

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Two Emerging Composer Opportunities
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submission deadline: Dec. 2, 2013 at 5:00PM (EST)

Note: Composers can apply electronically and indicate eligibility for more than one program at a time by simply checking a box on a single application!

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

New York Philharmonic, Alan Gilbert, music director, in cooperation with EarShot, is pleased to invite applications for the New York Philharmonic New Music Readings to be held in conjunction with the 2014 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 principal New York Philharmonic musicians, Maestro 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. (One performance for each work.)

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Underwood New Music Readings
June 6-8, 2014
DiMenna Center for Classical Music

The 23rd Annual Underwood New Music Reading Sessions will be held in New York City at The DiMenna Center for Classical Music June 6-8, 2014. Up to six composers in the early stages of their careers will be selected to participate. One will be awarded a $15,000 commission to write a new work to be performed by ACO. The Readings are led by ACO Artistic Director, Derek Bermel and Artistic Director Laureate, Robert Beaser; and conducted by ACO Music Director, George Manahan. Additional mentor-composers are Julia Wolfe and Olly Wilson. The Underwood Readings are the core of ACO's ongoing professional training programs for emerging American composers and are professionally recorded, and each composer is given a high-quality audio recording to be used for study purposes. Composers also participate in a series of professional development workshops covering such topics as promotion, score preparation and publishing, copyright and commissioning agreements, and other career essentials. Transportation and meals are provided for all participants.

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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.