Berkeley Symphony EarShot Under Construction Reading Series
Submission Deadline: August 30, 2013
Readings: February 2-3 & May 4-5, 2014
Berkeley Symphony, Joana Carneiro, music director, in cooperation with EarShot, is pleased to invite applications for the 2014 Under Construction Reading Series. Three emerging composers will be selected to participate from a national candidate pool. Each will compose a new 10-minute work for orchestra, and have the opportunity to have the new piece workshopped, rehearsed and read by Berkeley Symphony, in two reading sessions on February 2 and May 4, 2014.
Composers will receive artistic and career guidance from the Symphony artistic staff, orchestra musicians, and renowned mentor-composers Edmund Campion and Robert Beaser, to further develop professional skills. Composers selected will be responsible for delivering score and parts and attending both session dates with the Berkeley Symphony. Composers will receive a recording of their work for archival and study purposes. Travel and accommodations will be provided.
Applications and submitted works for the Berkeley Symphony Readings are due by August 30, 2013. Please see below for submission procedures and guidelines.
Hailed as “the Bay Area’s most adventurous orchestra” by the Contra Costa Times, Berkeley Symphony has established a reputation for presenting major new works for orchestra alongside fresh interpretations of the classical European repertoire. It has been recognized with an Adventurous Programming Award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) in eight of the past ten seasons.
Under Construction is part of EarShot: the nationwide network of new music readings and composer-development programs. The goals of EarShot 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, New Music USA, and the League of American Orchestras.
EarShot is made possible with the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Booth Ferris Foundation, the Aaron Copland Fund for Music.