Commissioned Composers

American Composers Orchestra has awarded nearly 350 commissions to the composers listed below. Since the Orchestra’s founding, it has awarded more commissions to American composers than any other orchestra in the world. Two of the ACO-commissioned works have won the Pulitzer Prize and many others have been recorded and performed frequently by orchestras throughout the United States.

For many talented emerging composers, an ACO commission represents their first professional opportunity to write a new work for symphony orchestra. ACO commissions are often a catalyst for future performances by other orchestras around the country.

(* = Underwood New Music Readings Commission)

Muhal Richard Abrams
John Adams
Kati Agócs
Andy Akiho*
Stephen Albert
William Albright
Laurie Anderson
Robert Ashley
Daniel Asia
Milton Babbitt
Louis Ballard
Marcos Balter
Robert Beaser
Derek Bermel*
Lisa Bielawa*
Kyle Blaha
Susan Blaustein
Jane Ira Bloom
William Bolcom
Henry Brant
Martin Bresnick
Margaret Brouwer
Courtney Bryan
Curt Cacioppo
John Cage
Uri Caine
Edmund J. Campion
Carlos Carrillo
Paul Chihara
Laura Clayton
Dan Coleman*
Steve Coleman
Marc-Antonio Consoli
Lisa Renee Coons
Doug Cuomo
Sebastian Currier
Mario Davidovsky
Anthony Davis
Michael Daugherty
Bryce Dessner
David Diamond
Charles Dodge
Paquito D’Rivera
Jacob Druckman
George Edwards
Michelle Ekizian
Robert Erickson
Peter Fahey*
David Felder
Michael Fiday
Vivian Fine
Lukas Foss
Donal Fox
Ryan Francis
Jason Freeman*
Ge Gan-ru
Michael Gatonska*
Erin Gee
Philip Glass
Michael Gordon
John Harbison
Lou Harrison
David Hertzberg*
William Hibbard
Jennifer Higdon
Fred Ho
Susie Ibarra
Vijay Iyer
Pierre Jalbert*
Leroy Jenkins
Wang Jie*
Scott Johnson
Gabriel Kahane
Laura Karpman
Anthony Kelley
Aaron Jay Kernis
Jin Hi Kim
Anthony Korf
John Korsrud
Arthur Kreiger
Jerome Kitzke
Matthias Kriesberg
Kristin Kuster*
Ezra Laderman
Bun-ching Lam
David Lang
Libby Larsen
Paul Yeon Lee*
Tania León
Geoge Lewis
Robert Hall Lewis
Lukas Ligeti
Wang Lu
Brad Lubman
Erik Lundborg
Tod Machover
Steven Mackey
Keeril Makan
Fang Man*
Ingram Marshall
Missy Mazzoli
A.J. McCaffrey*
Justin Messina
Hiroy Miura
Clint Needham*
David Olan
Milica Paranosic
Wayne Peterson
Hannibal Peterson
P.Q. Phan
Tobias Picker
Andrea Pinto-Correia
Narong Prangchareon*

Hilary Purrington*
Kevin Puts
Shulamit Ran
Roger Reynolds
Terry Riley
Brian Robison*
Kurt Rohde
Neil Rolnick
Manly Romero*
Daniel Bernard Roumain
Nicolas Roussakis
Joseph Schwantner
Elliott Sharp
Hsueh-Yung Shen*
Sheila Silver
Carlos Simon*
Alvin Singleton
Stephen Sondheim
Kate Soper
Christopher Stark*
Rand Steiger
Eric Stokes
Elias Tanenbaum
Stephen A. Taylor*
Alex Temple
Michael Tenzer
Augusta Read Thomas
Les Thimmig
Ken Thomson
Francis Thorne
Christopher Trapani
Michael Torke
Joan Tower
Dan Trueman
Daniel Visconti*
Melinda Wagner*
Stewart Wallace
Anna Weesner*
Richard Wernick
Olly Wilson
Julia Wolfe
Randall Woolf*
Charles Wuorinen
Carolyn Yarnell
Roger Zare*
Evan Ziproyn
Ellen Taaffe Zwilich