Each season, ACO presents a series of digital professional development sessions led by composer mentors and industry leaders. An evolving resource for composers at all stages of their careers, sessions have covered topics including orchestration, networking, publishing, copyright, orchestra unions, media rights, fundraising, public speaking, educational program design, and more.

EarShot Webinar: Put Me On: Commissions and Consortia Workshop

February 27, 2024
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Featured Speakers: Melissa Ngan and Vanessa Rose

Being a part of a consortium is not only artistically beneficial to composers, but financially beneficial as well! In this session, Melissa Ngan will unpack some of the need-to-know information surrounding orchestral commissions and the creation of consortia for composers.

EarShot Webinar: Onstage Do’s and Do’s: Rehearsal Techniques and Procedures

February 6, 2024
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Featured Speakers: Tito Muñoz and Adam Schoenberg

Receiving a performance by an orchestra isn’t the end of the road for a composer, but the beginning of an ongoing relationship. This webinar will offer rehearsal techniques to composers, and will speak to how they should engage conductors, orchestras, and its musicians throughout the rehearsal process.

EarShot Webinar: Signing the Dotted Line: Licensing and Publishing

January 23, 2024
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Featuring Speakers: Melissa Ngan and Deirdre Chadwick

Understanding media rights, broadcast regulations, and payments is a vital part of making a living as a composer. BMI’s Deirdre Chadwick will lead a dialogue built to demystify some of the fine print that composers face as their careers reach larger scale.

“Away from the Writing Desk and Into the World” Creating Relationships with Orchestras

December 18, 2023
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Featured Speakers: Curtis Stewart and David Ludwig

For most composers, developing and maintaining relationships with orchestras is a key factor toward first and repeat performances. ACO Artistic Director Curtis Stewart will lead a discussion on the “how to’s” of making initial and repeat connections with orchestra administration and staff. 

“Beyond Bars” Creating ‘Non-Traditional’ Scores and Parts

December 11, 2023
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Featured Speakers: Curtis Stewart and Jannina Norpoth 

While creating and providing standard orchestral scores and parts to orchestras is a key component of being a broadly-performed composer, more ensembles are exploring the world of graphic and improvised scores. ACO Artistic Director Curtis Stewart will dialogue with Jannina Norpoth on how to successfully traverse this growing corner of new music.