American Composers Orchestra’s Ed Yim on strategy, diversity, commission club

Posted on: October 26, 2017

“The 2017-2018 season marks the 40th year of the American Composers Orchestra,” writes Jarrett Goodchild on Wednesday (10/25) at icareifyoulisten.com. “This season … will be the inaugural season of the Commission Club, a new initiative that invites members to invest in the lifespan of a composition … [and] the first full season for new President Ed Yim. Question: What do you hope to ultimately achieve with the American Composers Orchestra? Yim: We want to celebrate neglected American composers, the young woman who just finished her training, and the living legends who have exciting ideas for projects. Q: As we become more aware as a society of racial, cultural, and gender inequality, how do you think the ACO can help address these issues within the new music community? EY: ACO in 2017 should look like America in 2017. Supporting composers representing ethnic, gender, and stylistic diversity is very much a core value for us. Q: What do you hope the new Commission Club will do? EY: … To invite a new listener directly to a program featuring Morton Feldman or Gloria Coates, George Lewis or Du Yun, can be intimidating.… By making them part of the process … we not only break down a barrier but we also create … community.”

Posted October 26, 2017