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.

Call for Scores:  ACO’s 2017-18 applications for the Underwood New Music Readings and EarShot orchestra residencies

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.

About Underwood New Music Readings

American Composers Orchestra seeks to identify and celebrate emerging American composers through its Underwood New Music Readings and EarShot program.

The Underwood New Music Readings center around two public reading sessions taking place on June 21 and 22, 2018, when selected composers will have their music rehearsed, performed, and professionally recorded for personal, archival, and non‐commercial use. After the first reading session composers will receive feedback from the conductor, mentor-composers, and musicians from American Composers Orchestra. Composers will have an opportunity to submit errata for the second reading session. Composers will also participate in professional development workshops and feedback sessions.  The goal for participating composers is to develop a composition style that is deeply personal and artistically true, yet designed to enter the standard orchestral repertory.


EarShot is a program of American Composers Orchestra in partnership with American Composers Forum, the League of American Orchestras, and New Music USA; made possible with the support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts, Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University, Aaron Copland Fund for Music, and with public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional funding provided by the League of American Orchestras with support of the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.
The Underwood New Music Readings and Commission are made possible with lead support from Mr. and Mrs. Paul Underwood.