EarShot & Colorado Symphony
Orchestra present New Music Readings July 16 & 17
NOTE: The application deadline for the 2009 Colorado Symphony Orchestra
New Music Readings has passed. The following information is provided
for reference only. Eligibility guidelines and submission instructions
for future Readings offered through the EarShot Network
will be posted as it is available.
The Colorado Symphony Orchestra and EarShot, the
newly formed national orchestral composition discovery network,
announce the Colorado
Symphony Orchestra New Music Readings, to be held July 16
and 17, 2009, at Boettcher Concert Hall in Denver, Colorado. The
readings are designed to be an outstanding artistic and
professional-development opportunity for emerging composers and an
excellent way for emerging composers to gain visibility in the field of
orchestral music. The new music reading on July 17 will be open to the
public free of charge.
These readings will provide up to four emerging composers the
opportunity to work closely with the highly regarded Colorado Symphony
Orchestra. Composers will be selected for the readings on a competitive
basis and the experience will include feedback from selected musicians,
conductors, and an esteemed panel of mentor composers.
Established in 1989 as the successor of the Denver Symphony, the
Colorado Symphony Orchestra is the state’s only full-time professional
orchestra. Each season, the CSO performs a 21-week Masterworks series
of classical programs, as well as Pops, Family, Holiday and summer
parks concerts, to approximately 220,000 patrons, as well as
educational outreach programs reaching over 40,000 students each year.
James W. Palermo, President and CEO of the Colorado Symphony, is
delighted that the Colorado Symphony and EarShot will collaborate to
present these New Music Readings. “This is a terrific project that
brings together young composers, mentors, musicians and administrators
all who care deeply about new music. Additionally, the work shop
setting provides young composers practical “face time” in front of a
live symphony orchestra and an eager audience. This is a win, win, win
situation and we at the Colorado Symphony Orchestra are happy to be
hosting the event.”
The Colorado Symphony New Music Readings are a part of EarShot, the
nationwide network of new music readings and related
composer-development programs. The goals of the program are to create
the nation's first ongoing systematic program for identifying emerging
composers; to provide professional-level working experience with
orchestras from every region of the country; and to increase awareness
of these composers and access to their music throughout the industry.
EarShot is a partnership between American Composers Orchestra, American
Composers Forum, American Music Center, the League of American
Orchestras, and Meet the Composer.
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Applicant must be either a U.S. citizen or
non-citizen lawfully and permanently residing or studying full-time in
Emerging composers from the Rocky Mountain States
are strongly encouraged to apply.
There are no age restrictions; however, applicants
should be composers at the early stages of their professional careers.
Each composer may submit only one composition for
Only works that will not have been performed or
read by a professional orchestra, nor received a public performance in
Colorado prior to the reading date are eligible.
Composers who have submitted for recent EarShot
Programs but were not selected are automatically considered. Please
contact the American Composers Orchestra with any questions concerening
Do not submit recordings.
Only works completed after December 31, 2002, will
Compositions should be up to 15 minutes in length.
Shorter works, or a portion or movement from longer works, will also be
Instrumentation should not exceed the following
complement of winds at 126.96.36.199; brass at 188.8.131.52; timpani; 3
percussion; keyboard; harp; and strings (10 8 6 6 4). Standard
orchestral doublings are permitted. Works with instrumentations that
exceed the above limitation will be considered only with advance
Works requiring soloists will not be
If selected, composers must provide professional,
legible orchestral parts and scores prepared according to guidelines
established by the Major Orchestral Librarians Association.
MOLA guidelines can be found here.
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.
Incomplete, illegible, or late applications will
not be considered.
- For more information call 212.977.8495 x202
download the submission form in PDF, click here.
All applications must be received
no later than 5PM, May 18, 2009.
Please complete the submission form and include it
with the following:
Please send all materials to:
Colorado Symphony Orchestra New Music
c/o: American Composers
240 West 35th Street, Suite 405
New York, NY 10001-2506