American Composers Orchestra seeks to identify and celebrate emerging American composers through its EarShot program.
Drawing from a national network of advisors and advocates, EarShot works with orchestras around the country to identify and support promising composers in the early stages of their careers. Orchestras have relied on EarShot to identify and connect with composers consistent with their artistic vision, and to advise the orchestra on commissions, competitions, and program design. Managed by the American Composers Orchestra (ACO), EarShot is a partnership between the ACO, League of American Orchestras, American Composers Forum, and New Music USA. Over the past 10 years EarShot has initiated dozens of composer/orchestra/conductor relationships across the country offering opportunities to more than 100 composers. In 2016, ACO launched a composer archive of past EarShot compositions now in the orchestral repertoire.
In keeping with ACO’s commitment to customizing the EarShot residencies to the participating orchestra’s programming requests, Houston Symphony will only select Hispanic and Latinx composers for their residency.
This year, the Houston Symphony participant composers will work closely with mentor composers Derek Bermel, Gabriela Lena Frank, and one more composer (TBD).