Underwood New Music Readings 2019
May 23-25, 2019 (New York, NY)
Applications currently closed. They will reopen in Fall 2019.
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American Composers Orchestra seeks to identify and celebrate emerging American composers through its Underwood New Music Readings program.
The Readings include two sessions with American Composers Orchestra, a working-rehearsal and a run-through performance. The performances are professionally recorded, and each composer is given a high-quality audio recording to be used for archival, study and portfolio purposes. Composers also participate in a series of professional development workshops covering such topics as promotion, score preparation, publishing, copyright agreements, and other career essentials.
The Underwood New Music Readings participant composers will work closely with guest conductor Ludovic Morlotand mentor composers Tania León, Anthony Cheung, and ACO Artistic Director, Derek Bermel.
Six composers will be chosen to participate and at the conclusion of the program, one participating composer will receive a $15,000 commission and future performance by ACO. Female-identifying participant composers are also eligible to apply for the Women Composers Commission Program, which, in partnership with the League of American Orchestras, provides three women with a $15,000 commission and world premiere with a professional orchestra.
There is no application fee. Travel and accommodations are provided, and composers will receive a recording of their work for archival and study purposes.