Calls for Submissions

ACO maintains an ongoing open submission policy, allowing composers to submit their work for general concert and programming consideration throughout the year. Please visit our General Submission Guidelines page for more information.

Recent Programs – Application Deadline Past

The following is a list of recent opportunities, whose application deadlines are now past. Information is provided for reference only. Check back for new programs and future updates.

June 21-23, 2017
2017 Underwood New Music Readings & Commission

September 20-22, 2016
Buffalo Philharmonic – EarShot Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute New Music Readings

September 22-24, 2016
Earshot – Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra Composer Competition

June 15-17, 2016
ACO – EarShot Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute New Music Readings

June 13-15, 2016
ACO – 25th Annual Underwood New Music Readings & Commission

May 25-27, 2016
Naples Philharmonic – EarShot Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute New Music Readings

May 31 – June 3, 2016
China – U.S. Composers Project Emerging Composers Competition

October 27-29, 2015
Columbus Symphony EarShot Composers Competition

August 8-13, 2015
Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute – Summer Intensive

About EarShot

EarShot, a nationwide network of new music readings and composer-development programs, is the nation’s first ongoing, systematic program for identifying emerging orchestral composers, which provides professional-level working experience with orchestras from every region of the country and increases 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. To date, more than sixty composers have been selected for New Music Readings with orchestras including the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Berkeley Symphony, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Memphis Symphony Orchestra, Nashville Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Pioneer Valley Symphony (MA), New York Youth Symphony, La Jolla Symphony (CA), and the San Diego Symphony.

EarShot is made possible with the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, and the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.