League of American Orchestras launches 30-orchestra consortium, commissions works by six women composers in new Toulmin Foundation program

Posted on: May 25, 2022

The League of American Orchestras will commission orchestral works from six women composers and form a consortium of thirty U.S. orchestras to perform the works across the country, generating an infusion of new music by women on orchestra stages over the next several seasons. In addition to introducing new orchestral works and ensuring repeat performances, the program will embed mentoring, networking, career development, and community engagement opportunities for the composers. The new Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation Orchestral Commissions Program is an initiative of the League of American Orchestras, in partnership with American Composers Orchestra (ACO) and supported by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation. The initial lead composer/orchestra pairings are: Anna Clyne and the Philadelphia Orchestra; Sarah Gibson and Sarasota Orchestra; Angel Lam and Kansas City Symphony; Gity Razaz and San Diego Symphony; Arlene Sierra and Detroit Symphony Orchestra; and Wang Lu and New York Philharmonic. Those orchestras will premiere the works in the 2022-23 and 2023-24 seasons; an additional 24 orchestras will be selected to give repeat performances through the 2024-25 season.

Learn more about the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation Orchestral Commissions Program here. Orchestras interested in participating in the consortium should fill out a response form by Thursday, June 30.