Opportunities for Composers

Whether you’ve just found your creative voice or are challenging yourself to push into new artistic territory, ACO offers you a range of opportunities to be heard on a national stage. From comprehensive reading sessions with topflight performers to special programs and major festivals, we’re here to help you launch, maintain and sustain your artistic career.

Our programs include:

  • Underwood New Music Reading & Commission – Gives emerging composers the rare opportunity to work with an orchestra through public readings, professional development workshops and feedbback sessions with conductors, musicians and mentor composers. One participating composer receives a $15,000 commission and future performance by ACO.
  • EarShot Network – The nation’s first program that identifies and promotes emerging composers and then showcases them in Readings hosted by major national orchestras.
  • General Submissions – Ongoing concert series programmed and curated by ACO’s artistic director. Composers who wish to have their work considered for inclusion in ACO concerts may submit their work for general consideration.
  • Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute – Brings together jazz composers at various stages in their careers chosen from a national pool of applicants, to explore the challenges of writing for the symphony orchestra.

Let us hear from you. Our general submission guidelines are a good place to start. And if your music catches our attention, we’ll make sure the world hears from you, too.