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2020-21 Season
Press Releases
7/1/20: American Composers Orchestra Announces New Board Chair Sameera Troesch and Two New Board Members Samir Nikocevic and Benjamin Hildner [pdf]

2019-20 Season
Press Releases
6/23/20: American Composers Orchestra Announces Online Summer Composition
Programs for Middle School, High School, and College Students [pdf]

5/26/20: American Composers Orchestra Announces Connecting ACO Community – Volume 2 [pdf]

4/21/20: American Composers Orchestra Announces Two Commissions from the 2020 Underwood New Music Readings [pdf]

4/7/20: American Composers Orchestra Announces Connecting ACO Community [pdf]

3/30/20: Houston Symphony EarShot Readings Postponed [pdf]

3/11/20: American Composers Orchestra to Hold the 29th Annual Underwood New Music Readings Without Public Audience [pdf]

3/11/20: American Composers Orchestra 2019-2020 Season Continues at Carnegie Hall [pdf]

10/10/19: American Composers Orchestra 2019-2020 Season Opens at Carnegie Hall [pdf]

9/25/19: American Composers Orchestra Announces 2019-2020 Season [pdf]

2018-19 Season

Press Releases

9/12/19: American Composers Orchestra Announces Two New Board Members [pdf]

5/31/19: American Composers Orchestra Announces Three Commissions from the 2019 Underwood New Music Readings [pdf]

4/16/19: American Composers Orchestra Announces the 28th Annual Underwood New Music Readings [pdf]

2/7/19: Composers Courtney Bryan, Cindy Cox, and Fang Man to Receive $15,000 Women Composers Commissions from the League of American Orchestras [pdf]

2/4/19: American Composers Orchestra Announces 2019-2020 Concerts at Carnegie Hall [pdf]

1/18/19: American Composers Orchestra Honors Jon Deak, Jennifer Koh, Tania León, and Frederick Wertheim at 2019 Gala “Forces of Nature” [pdf]

10/07/18: American Composers Orchestra Opens 2018-2019 Season at Carnegie Hall: Phenomenal Women: Friday, November 2, 2018 at 7:30pm [pdf]

9/12/18: American Composers Orchestra’s Commission Club Supports New York Premiere by Pulitzer Prize Winner Du Yun at Carnegie Hall [pdf]

8/16/18: The Philadelphia Orchestra and American Composers Orchestra to Hold Showcase for Works by Women Composers [pdf]

2017-18 Season

Press Releases

8/1/17:  EarShot:  Charlotte Symphony [pdf]

8/1/17:  EarShot:  Fort Wayne Philharmonic [pdf]

8/1/17:  ACO Announces 2017-2018 Season: Dreamscapes [pdf]

10/10/17: ACO Announces Commission Club [pdf]

11/6/17: ACO Continues 40th Anniversary Season [pdf]

11/29/17: ACO Announces Fellow Travelers [pdf]

2/1/18: American Composers Orchestra Announces 2018-2019 Concerts at Carnegie Hall [pdf]

3/15/18: American Composers Orchestra Supports Sixteen Emerging Composers During 2017-2018 Season [pdf]

5/3/18: Composers Stacy Garrop, Robin Holcomb, and Andrea Reinkemeyer to Receive $15,000 Women Composers Commissions from the League of American Orchestras [pdf]

5/9/18: EarShot:  ACO’s 27th Annual Underwood New Music Readings [pdf]

7/13/18: Carlos Bandera Wins $15,000 Underwood Commission from American Composers Orchestra. Tomàs Peire Serrate wins $15,000 Audience Choice Commission [pdf]

7/26/18: American Composers Orchestra Announces Aiden Feltkamp As Emerging Composers & Diversity Director [pdf]

7/31/18: EarShot and Grand Rapids Symphony Present Brand New Orchestral Works by Four Emerging Composers [pdf]

2016-17 Season

Press Releases
7/10/17: Announcing ACO’s 2017 Underwood Commission Winners [pdf]

5/12/17: Six Composers Selected for the 26th Underwood New Music Readings  [pdf]

4/13/17: American Composers Orchestra Continues 40th Anniversary Season with ACO Parables at Symphony Space [pdf]

4/4/17:  American Composers Orchestra Continues 40th Anniversary Season Performing Steve Reich’s The Desert Music  [pdf]

2/7/17: American Composers Orchestra Continues 40th Anniversary Season with Orchestra Underground: Past Forward [pdf]

1/26/17: American Composers Orchestra Launches EarShot Composer Archive [pdf]

1/17/17: American Composers Orchestra Appoints Edward Yim as President  [pdf]

12/14/16: Composers Chen-Hui Jen, Wang Jie, and Hannah Lash to Receive Commissions in Third Year of League of American Orchestras’ and EarShot’s Women Composers Readings and Commissions Program  [pdf]

12/5/16: American Composers Orchestra and BIS Records Co-Commission New Piano Concerto from Composer/Conductor José Serebrier: Symphonic B A C H Variations for Piano and Orchestra To Be Recorded by Pianist Yevgeny Sudbin  [pdf]

11/21/16: American Composers Orchestra and WWFM Announce The ACO Experience: A New Radio Program on WWFM Featuring Live ACO Recordings Airing on Monday Evenings Once a Month  [pdf]

10/17/16: EarShot & Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra Announce Reinaldo Moya as Winner of the EarShot Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra Composers Competition Audience Choice Award  [pdf]

9/29/16: American Composers Orchestra Opens 40th Anniversary Season with Orchestra Underground: Contempo-Scary Music  [pdf]

9/19/16: American Composers Orchestra President Michael Geller Departing in December  [pdf]

9/6/16: ACO’s 2016-17 40th Season Release Featuring Eight World Premieres!  [pdf]

8/26/16: EarShot and Buffalo Philharmonic Feature Jazz Composers Readings Sep. 20-21, 2016 [pdf]

8/22/16: EarShot and Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra Select 5 Composers for Competition, Sep. 23, 2016  [pdf]

8/2/16: Carlos Simon Wins $15,000 Underwood Emerging Composer Commission  [pdf]

7/28/16: ACO Releases SONiC Double Live – Digital Album Features Premieres from Inaugural Festival of 21st Century Music  [pdf]

7/6/16: Roger Zare Wins Earshot: China – U.S. Composers Project Emerging Composers Competition  [pdf]


2015-16 Season

5/9/16: ACO announces 25th annual Underwood New Music Readings and the 2016 JCOI Readings June 14 & 16, 2016 [pdf

4/25/16: American Composers Orchestra Spring Benefit May 16, 2016 [pdf]

3/31/16:   Earshot: China – U.S. Composers Project Emerging Composers Competition, May 31-June 3, 2016 [pdf]

3/2/16:   16 Jazz Composers Selected for Jazz Composers Orchestra Readings in 2016 [pdf]

2/24/16: ACO presents Orchestra Underground: Eastern Wind, April 1, 2016 [pdf]

1/28/16: ACO presents coLABoratory: Judith Shatin ‘Black Moon’ Lab-Workshop March 5, 2016 [pdf]

1/19/16: ACO presents Composers OutFront! Angélica Negrón, Feb. 3, 2016 at National Sawdust [pdf]

12/1/15: Andreia Pinto-Correia and Xi Wang Awarded 2015 Toulmin Commissions [pdf]

9/08/15: SONiC Festival Update: 9 Days of 21st Century Music with 80+ Composers [pdf]

7/30/15: Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute Features Wild Up Concert August 12 at UCLA [pdf]

7/15/15: SONiC – Sounds of a New Century Festival Announced, Oct. 15-23, 2015 [pdf]

7/2/15: China-US Composers Project Announced in Inaugural Concert in Washington, DC [pdf]


2014-15 season

6/22/15: David Hertzberg Wins 2015 Underwood Emerging Composer Commission [pdf]

4/18/15: 24th Annual Underwood New Music Readings at DiMenna Center May 6-7 [pdf]

4/15/15: EarShot Berkeley Symphony Readings Convene in California May 2-3 [pdf]

3/9/15: American Composers Orchestra Blues Symphony & Beyond at Jazz at Lincoln Center [pdf]

3/5/15: Toulmin Foundation Renews Support for Women Composers through EarShot [pdf]

1/16/15: Orchestra Underground: Sins & Songs w/Shara Worden; Khari Joyner premieres Carman Moore’s MADIBA [pdf]

1/13/15: EarShot Network: Buffalo Philharmonic New Music Readings Feb 11 at Kleinhans Music Hall [pdf]

10/16/14: Orchestra Underground: Monk’s Sphere Opens ACO Season Nov. 21 at Zankel Hall [pdf]

10/01/14: Toulmin Commissions for Women Composers Julia Adolphe and Melody Eötvös [pdf]

9/30/14: Kendall Williams Featured in Composers OutFront! Concert October 29th [pdf]

9/02/14: Andy Akiho Wins ACO’s 2014 Underwood Emerging Composer Commission [pdf]

7/03/14: ACO Releases 5th Digital Album – ‘Tech & Techno’ August 5th [pdf]

4/24/14: 2014-15 Season Preview: Includes Meredith Monk, Wynton Marsalis, and More [pdf]


2013-14 season

4/24/14: Underwood New Music Readings & New York Philharmonic EarShot Readings [pdf]
4/14/14: American Composers Orchestras – 2014-15 Season Press Release [pdf]
3/7/14: American Composers Orchestras – Orchestra Underground: Border Vanguards [pdf]
2/13/14: EarShot & League of American Orchestras Launches New Initiative to Support Women Composers [pdf]
2/5/14:  EarShot & Detroit Symphony Present 2014 New Music Readings for African-American Composers [pdf]
1/15/14:  ACO: Lines on a Point: Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Orchestra Underground [pdf]
12/18/13: ACO Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Orchestra Underground by releasing First Digital Video Album: Orchestra Underground: A-V [pdf]
12/17/13: ACO Names Kendall Williams 2013-2014 Van Lier Emerging Composer Fellow [pdf]
12/3/13: EarShot & Berkeley Symphony Announce New Partnership for  2013-2014 Under Construction Series [pdf]
9/17/13: ACO Opens Season Oct. 25. Robert Spano guest conducts “Adding Fuel to the Fire” [pdf]
8/1/13: EarShot Composer Opportunities 2013-14 Season [pdf]
6/27/13: Composer A.J. McCaffrey wins 2013 Underwood Emerging Composer Commission [pdf]
5/23/13: Bermel Artistic Director; Renews Manahan as Music Director; 2013-14 Season [pdf]

2018-2019 Concerts at Carnegie Hall

November 2, 2018 and April 11, 2019 featuring major premieres by 2017 Pulitzer Prize-winner Du Yun and Imani Winds' Valerie Coleman, exploring the Syrian Refugee Crisis and Iconic 21st Century Women

ACO Announces Fellow Travelers

Co-presented with PROTOTYPE Festival and John Jay College of Criminal Justice Friday, January 12 - Sunday, January 14, 2018 Music by composer Gregory Spears & librettist Greg Pierce