ACO Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute Readings: June 16

JCOI/ACO Readings to take place June 16, 2016
Miller Theatre at Columbia University

The JCOI Readings by American Composers Orchestra will take place at Columbia University’s Miller Theatre, with mentor composers Derek Bermel, Anthony Davis (University of California, San Diego), Gabriela Lena Frank (composer in residence, Houston Symphony), and James Newton, conducted by ACO Music Director George Manahan.

The 2016 JCOI Readings are the culmination of a process that began in August 2015, when 36 jazz composers of all ages were selected from a national pool of applicants to attend the weeklong Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute Intensive, a series of workshops and seminars devoted to orchestral composition held at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music in Los Angeles. After completing the Intensive, sixteen composers were given the opportunity to put what they learned into practice by composing a new symphonic work for the JCOI Readings in 2016. The composers, working in jazz, improvised, and creative music, were chosen based on their excellent musicianship, originality, and potential for future growth in orchestral composition.

A Career Development Seminar will be offered to composers, students, or anyone interested in learning more about the business of being a composer on Tuesday, June 14th from 10am-4pm at Columbia University. These invaluable talks, led by leaders in the industry, provide information ranging from copyright and commission agreements, to music preparation, to promotion, and fundraising.

The workshops are a practical guide for any composer wishing to gain a better understanding of these critical aspects to success as a composer today. Previously only available to participants in the Readings, ACO has made a limited number of spaces available to aspiring composers from the community for a small registration fee.

Topics to include:

Copyright and Commissioning Basics
James Kendrick Esq., Alter & Kendrick LLP

Engraving and Self-Publishing
Bill Holab, Bill Holab Music Publishing

Support Structures for Composers
Scott Winship, New Music USA

Career Inspiration for Composers:  How To Share Your Best Self Through Branding 
Astrid Baumgardner, President, Astrid Baumgardener Coaching + Training

Publicity and Promotion
Christina Jensen, Principal, Christina Jensen PR

Panel Discussion:  The Real Path to Programming
Frank J. Oteri, Composer Advocate, New Music USA
Christina Jensen, Principal, Christina Jensen PR
(additional panel participants to be determined)

Registration fee $20 (lunch provided)

The Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute is a program of American Composers Orchestra in partnership with the Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University and the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. The program is made possible by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation’s Continuing Innovation Program, and the Herb Alpert Foundation, with additional funding provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Fromm Music Foundation and with public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts. The Buffalo Philharmonic and Naples Philharmonic are members of EarShot, the national orchestral composition discovery network, a partnership with the League of American Orchestras, New Music USA, and American Composers Forum, made possible with the support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music and with public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support of women composers provided by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.



June 16, 2016
7:30 PM

2960 Broadway,
New York, NY 10027


June 14, 2016
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

2960 Broadway, Dodge Hall
New York, NY 10027