and Annenberg Center
New Music Readings
Lab in April 2009
APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED:
February 13, 2009
Composers Orchestra (ACO) and the Annenberg Center for the
Performing Arts announce the ACO/Penn Presents New Music
Readings & Lab, to be held April 16 and 17, 2009, in
Philadelphia. The Readings are designed as an unparalleled
performance and professional-development opportunity for emerging
composers in the Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey tri-state
area, and will feature ACO's groundbreaking Orchestra Underground ensemble.
Presents New Music Readings & Lab will provide the area's brightest,
emerging composers an opportunity to work closely with ACO, a nationally
acclaimed orchestra singularly dedicated to creating opportunities
for today's American composers. Composers will be selected on a competitive
basis, and will have their works read by ACO's Orchestra Underground
ensemble, followed by a professional workshop and feedback from ACO
Artistic Director Robert Beaser, ACO musicians and guest conductor Cliff Colnot,
and an esteemed panel of mentor composers, including Anna Weesner,
Jay Reise, and ACO Music Alive Composer-in-Residence Derek Bermel. The works
will be further rehearsed and will receive
a world premiere performance at ACO's Underground Laboratory
concert at the Annenberg Center.
Underground is ACO's groundbreaking small orchestra ensemble
that challenges conventional notions about orchestra music with a
focus on new music that embraces a wide gamut of aesthetics, unusual
instrumentations, technological innovations and multimedia/multidisciplinary
collaborations. Since its launch in 2004, Orchestra Underground
has commissioned and premiered two dozen innovative cutting-edge new
works at Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall in New York and the Annenberg
Center in Philadelphia.
Presents New Music Readings & Lab round out an extended four-year
residency for ACO as part of the Annenberg Center's Penn Presents
series. The residency and the Readings/Lab have been made possible by
The Philadelphia Music Project, an Artistic Initiative of The Pew
Charitable Trusts, administered by The University of the Arts.
and submitted works for the New Music Readings must be received by February 13, 2009.
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maintain a permanent residence in the tri-state area of Pennsylvania,
New Jersey or Delaware, or be studying full-time at a college,
university or conservatory in those areas.
There are no
age restrictions; however, applicants should be composers at the
early stages of their professional careers.
may submit only one composition for consideration.
which will not have been performed or read by a professional
orchestra, nor received a public performance in the Philadelphia-area
prior to the reading date are eligible.
Please do not
completed after December 31, 2002, will be considered.
should be up to 10 minutes in length. Shorter works or a
portion or movement from longer works will also be considered.
should not exceed the following Orchestra Underground complement: one
flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon; horn, trumpet, trombone; 2 percussion
(including timpani); keyboard; and strings (22.214.171.124.1). Standard
orchestral doublings are permitted. Works submitted should be for a
mixed ensemble of seven (7) or more players; works with multiple
strings on a part are preferred, as are works that require a conductor.
Works with instrumentations that exceed the above limitation will be
considered only with advance approval.
employing electronics, digital technology, or video, in combination
with the above instrumental forces will be considered. (See special
requiring soloists will not be considered.
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 ACO
offices no later than 5 PM, March 13, 2009.
The quality of
the score submitted is the primary evaluation criteria. 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.
illegible, or late applications will not be considered.
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must be received no later than 5PM, February 13, 2009.
Please complete the
submission form and include it with the following:
all materials to:
Presents New Music Readings & Lab
West 35th Street, Suite 405
York, NY 10001-2506