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EarShot and Nashville Symphony present New Music Readings April 7-8, 2010

DEADLINE: December 15, 2009

PLEASE NOTE: The application deadline has passed. The following information is provided for reference only.

Nashville Symphony Orchestra
Nashville Symphony and EarShot, the National Orchestral Composition Discovery Network, announce the Nashville Symphony New Music Readings, to be held April 7 and 8, 2010, in Nashville, TN. The Readings are designed to be an outstanding artistic and professional-development opportunity for emerging composers, and are also an excellent way for emerging composers to gain visibility in the field of orchestral music. 

The Readings will provide up to four emerging composers the opportunity to work closely with the nationally acclaimed Nashville Symphony under the baton of its music director Giancarlo Guerrero. The Readings are open to emerging composers nationwide; composers from the Tennessee area are especially encouraged to apply. Composers will be selected for the readings on a competitive basis, and the experience will include feedback from principal Nashville Symphony musicians, Giancarlo Guerrero, and mentor composers, Jennifer Higdon and Edgar Meyer. Participating composers will each receive a recording of their work for study purposes. 

Led by Music Director Giancarlo Guerrero and President and CEO Alan D. Valentine, the Nashville Symphony is today regarded as one of the nation’s most creative and innovative orchestras. With more than 140 performances annually, the Nashville Symphony is Tennessee’s preeminent cultural institution, offering a range of classical, pops, and jazz concerts; special events; children’s concerts; and education and community engagement programs. One of the most active recording orchestras in America, the Nashville Symphony has released a plethora of highly regarded recordings since its relationship with Naxos began in 2000. A champion of American music, the orchestra regularly commissions, premieres and records work by many of this country’s most important composers. The Symphony’s recent Naxos recording of Joan Tower’s Made in America received three GRAMMY® Awards, including Best Classical Album and Best Orchestral Performance. That recording was the orchestra’s first at Schermerhorn Symphony Center, known worldwide for its world-class acoustics. 

The Nashville Symphony New Music Readings are a part of EarShot: the nationwide network of new music readings and composer-development programs. The goals of the program are to create the nation’s first ongoing systematic program for identifying emerging orchestral 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 of American Composers Orchestra, American Composers Forum, American Music Center, the League of American Orchestras, and Meet The Composer. 

Applications and submitted works for the Nashville Symphony New Music Readings are due by December 15, 2009


Submission Guidelines

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  • Applicant must be either a U.S. citizen or non-citizen lawfully and permanently residing or studying full-time in the United States. There are no geographical restrictions, however, composers from the Tennessee region will receive special consideration. 

  • 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 consideration.

  • Only works which will not have been performed or read by a professional orchestra, nor received a public performance prior to the reading date are eligible.

  • Do not submit recordings.

  • Only works completed after January 1, 2005, will be considered.

  • Compositions should be up to 15 minutes in length. Shorter works or a portion or movement from longer works will also be considered.

  • Instrumentation should not exceed: winds at 3.3.3.3; brass at 4.3.3.1; timpani, 2 percussion, harp, keyboard, and strings (12.10.8.8.4). Standard orchestral doublings are permitted. Works with instrumentations that exceed the above limitation will be considered only with advance approval.

  • Works requiring soloists will not be considered.

  • If selected, composers must provide professional, legible orchestral parts and scores prepared according to guidelines established by the Major Orchestral Librarians Association. Materials must be delivered to ACO offices no later than 5 PM, February 17, 2010. The 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.

  • Works employing electronics, MIDI, digital technology, and/or sound reinforcement in combination with the above instrumental forces will be considered. If employing electronics, it will be the responsibility of the composer to deliver "plug-in and performance ready" equipment/software that will output to the house sound system. (See special requirements below).

  • Incomplete, illegible, or late applications will not be considered.

  • Composers who have applied previously for an EarShot program are eligible to apply. However you must submit a new and complete application, including score and all required background information. Please contact the American Composers Orchestra with any questions concerning eligibility.

  • For more information call 212.977.8495 x202.

Application Procedure

To download the submission form in PDF, click here.

All applications must be received no later than 5PM, December 15, 2010.

PLEASE NOTE: The application deadline has passed. The following information is provided for reference only.

Please complete the submission form and include it with the following:

  • One bound copy of the score, clearly labeled with the composer's name and title of the work on the cover page.

  • A current résumé for the composer including educational background, major teachers, awards, professional affiliations.

  • A list of works, including title, year composed, instrumentation, duration, and performance history.
     
  • One letter of recommendation from an established composer or other music professional, attesting to the applicant's accomplishments and potential as an orchestral composer. The recommendation may be sent under separate cover. The recommendation letter is not required if the applicant has already submitted a reccommendation letter as part of a previous EarShot application.

  • For works with electronics, MIDI, snf/or digital technologies: Include a one-page statement describing the rationale for its use, as well as any pertinent production requirements and techincal specifications.

  • A self-addressed stamped envelope suitable for the return of materials. All supporting materials remain the property of EarShot. EarShot is not responsible for lost scores.

Please send all materials to:

Nashville Symphony New Music Readings
EarShot c/o: American Composers Orchestra
240 West 35th Street, Suite 405
New York, NY 10001-2506

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