Headshots for participating composers for EarShot Houston

Postponed: May 5-7, 2020 EarShot: Houston Symphony

Photos, clockwise from top left: Patricia Martínez, Marco-Adrián Ramos (credit Nancy Pop), José G. Martínez R., Diana M. Rodriguez Aguilar (credit Vicky D’Incecco)

The EarShot Readings with Houston Symphony scheduled to take place in Houston, TX on May 5-7, 2020 have been postponed. In response to recent Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations, the Houston Symphony announced that it is extending its concert cancelations, canceling all remaining concerts and community activities through May 10, 2020 in order to protect the health of audiences, orchestra and chorus members, and staff.

The readings of all four pieces will be rescheduled at the earliest opportunity, as part of a future Houston Symphony season.

Read the full press release here: [PDF]

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.

The Houston Symphony participant composers will work closely with mentor composers Derek Bermel, Gabriela Lena Frank, and Jimmy López, and conductor Christopher Rountree.


Featuring composers:
José G. Martínez R., En El Otro Lado/On the Other Side
Patricia Martínez, PHOSPHORUS
Marco-Adrián Ramos, Rehén de tus labios, o Escena de telenovela
Diana M. Rodriguez Aguilar, Mudai