December 12 is the deadline for composers to apply for the American Composers Orchestra’s Underwood New Music Readings. Up to seven composers in the early stages of their careers will be selected, and one will receive a $15,000 commission to write a new work to be premiered by American Composers Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. The Underwood New Music Readings will be held in New York City from June 21 to 23, 2017. The Readings are led by ACO Artistic Director Derek Bermel and Artistic Director Laureate Robert Beaser, and conducted by ACO Music Director George Manahan. The mentor-composers are Libby Larsen and Trevor Weston. Composers selected for the Underwood Readings participate in two reading sessions with the orchestra, including a public run-through performance. Composers receive feedback from ACO musicians and the conductor and mentor-composers. Composers also participate in professional development workshops covering such topics as promotion, score preparation and publishing, and copyright and commissioning agreements. Each composer receives a digital audio recording to be used for study, archival, and career-advancement purposes. Transportation, housing, and meals are provided. For more information and to apply, click here.
Posted October 20, 2016