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Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra

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Upcoming EarShot Readings

Berkely Symphony 'Under Construction' Series
Feb. 2-3 & May 4-5, 2014

Detroit Symphony
March 9 - 10, 2014

New York Philharmonic
June 3-4, 2014

ACO Underwood New Music Readings
June 6-8, 2014

Previous EarShot Readings

La Jolla Symphony 2013

Buffalo Philharmonic 2013

ACO at Miller Theatre 2013

Buffalo Philharmonic 2012

San Diego Symphony 2012

Buffalo Philharmonic 2011

Pioneer Valley Symphony 2010

Nashville Symphony 2010

Colorado Symphony

Memphis Symphony

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EarShot provides consulting, production, and administrative support for orchestras to undertake readings, residencies, performances and composer-development programs.

Shot identifies promising orchestral composers, increasing awareness and access to their music.

Shot supports your orchestra's commitment to today's composers

A program offering orchestras support to identify and develop emerging talented composers, EarShot brings together the expertise of five leading industry partner organizations. EarShot shares experience and provides professional assistance to help orchestras create and expand activities that foster growth and development of American orchestral music.

Now Composers can apply electronically and indicate eligibility for more than one program at a time by simply checking a box on a single application!

New York Philharmonic EarShot New Music Readings
June 5-7, 2014

Submissions are now being accepted for the EarShot NY Philharmonic New Music Readings to be held in conjunction with the 2014 NY PHIL BIENNIAL on June 3, 2014, in New York, NY. The Readings will provide up to six emerging composers the opportunity to work closely with the nationally acclaimed NY Philharmonic under the baton of music director Alan Gilbert. Composers will be selected for the readings on a competitive basis, and the experience will include feedback from principal NY Philharmonic musicians, Maestro Gilbert, and mentor composers Christopher Rouse, Steven Mackey, Robert Beaser and Derek Bermel. Three of the emerging composers’ works will be selected to be performed as part of the NY Philharmonic’s subscription concerts on June 5, 6 and 7, 2014. Travel and accommodations provided.

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Underwood New Music Readings
June 6-8, 2014

Submissions are now being accepted for the 23rd Annual Underwood New Music Readings for emerging composers on June 6 and 7, at the DiMenna Center. Up to eight composers from throughout the United States will be selected to receive a reading of a new work, and one composer will be selected to receive a $15,000 commission for a work to be performed by ACO during an upcoming season. Each participating composer receives rehearsal, reading, and a digital recording of his or her work. Review and feedback sessions with ACO principal players, mentor-composers, guest conductors, and industry representatives provide crucial artistic, technical, and conceptual assistance. This year, the Readings are part of the NY PHIL BIENNIAL.

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Upcoming EarShot New Music Readings:

Berkeley Symphony: EarShot Under Construction
February 2 & May 4, 2014

The selected composers for 2013-2014, chosen from a national candidate pool, are Sivan Eldar of San Francisco, CA; B.P. Herrington of Conroe, TX; Ruben Naeff of Brooklyn, NY; and Nicholas S. Omiccioli of Kansas City, MO. Each will compose a new symphonic work to be workshopped and read by Berkeley Symphony under the baton of Music Director Joana Carneiro.


Detroit Symphony: Classical Roots
March 9-10, 2014

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin, Music Director, and EarShot, the National Orchestral Composition Discovery Network, announce DSO New Music Readings to be held in conjunction with the DSO’s “Classical Roots” celebration March 9-10, 2014, in Detroit, MI. The Readings will provide up to four emerging African-American composers the opportunity to work closely with the nationally acclaimed DSO under the baton of music director Leonard Slatkin. Mentor composers are Bright Sheng, Gabriela Lena Frank, Carman Moore, and Derek Bermel.

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EarShot is made possible with the support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and The Aaron Copland Fund for Music. Additional funding provided by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.