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Getting it Read - Other Readings Opportunities


Underwood New Music Readings

ACO isn't the only organization that sponsors new music readings. Below is a list of other groups that provide composers with opportunities to hear their music played by a professional orchestra.

For more opportunities check out member services of American Music Center, the "composer opportunities" section of American Composers Forum, and the "opportunities" section of Meet The Composer. You may also check out ACO's composer opportunity blog.

If you know of an orchestra that holds readings and is not mentioned, please contact us at with the information and we'll add them to our list. Or, if you are interested in starting a readings program, you can contact ACO for information on how to do it.

Orchestra Readings
Detroit Symphony Orchestra
for: African-American composers
contact: Marvin Thompson, Director of Education
Detroit Symphony Orchestra
3711 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI 48201

Reading Sessions and Composer Institute
The Minnesota Orchestra
for: full-time members of the American Composers Forum
Essentially Choral
Vocal Essence (formerly The Plymouth New Music Series)
for: composers of new choral works
contact: Elissa Chaffee
American Composers Forum
332 Minnesota Street, Suite E145
St. Paul, MN 55101

International Composer Reading Project
Riverside Symphony
for: American composers of any age
contact: Joan Sher, Managing Director
Riverside Symphony Composer Reading
225 W 99th St
New York, NY 10025


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