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League Initiative Supporting Women Composers Renewed For 2015

American Composers Orchestra and New York Philharmonic to Premiere Works by 2014 Commission Recipients

The League of American Orchestras’ program supporting women composers will be renewed for a second year, the League and EarShot, the National Orchestral Composition Discovery Network, announced today. Administered by New York’s American Composers Orchestra and made possible by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation, the initiative aims to increase opportunities for women composers through orchestral readings and commissions.

The program is integrated into this year’s EarShot composer readings with the Buffalo Philharmonic, Chicago Modern Orchestra Project, and Berkeley Symphony, as well as American Composers Orchestra’s Underwood New Music Reading Sessions. During the readings, composers are mentored by established composers and participate in career development workshops. Two of the participating composers will be selected to receive orchestral commissions of $15,000 each, with premiere details to be announced. New this year, all female composers who have participated in previous EarShot readings—including those from past years—are eligible for commission consideration.

The League and EarShot also announced today that, in a future season, American Composers Orchestra will premiere a new work by Melody Eötvös and the New York Philharmonic will premiere a new viola concerto for Philharmonic Principal Viola Cynthia Phelps by Julia Adolphe. The two composers are 2014 commission recipients.

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Posted February 25, 2015

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