Tucson Symphony Orchestra
José Luis Gomez, conductor
Michael Torke, mentor composer
Melinda Wagner, mentor composer
Billy Childs, mentor composer
Chelsea Komschlies: A Hidden Sun Rises
Xavier Muzik: Somatic for Orchestra
Nathan Nokes: Don’t Feed the Trolls
Steven Sérpa: Urlicht Fantasy
This season, the Tucson Symphony Orchestra is excited to partner with the American Composers Orchestra to present EarShot. The TSO will present one public reading of the composers’ works.
EarShot is a nationwide network of new music readings and composer development programs that provide professional level working experience with orchestras from every region of the country. For over a generation, EarShot Readings, and their predecessor ACO’s New Music Readings, have provided all-important career development and public exposure to the country’s most promising emerging composers, with over 150 composers participating. Readings alumni have won every major composition award, including the Pulitzer, Grammy, Grawemeyer, American Academy of Arts & Letters, and Rome Prizes. Orchestras around the globe have commissioned EarShot alumni.
Each EarShot Readings installment includes a series of private readings, feedback sessions, and work with mentor composers. Composers also receive a recording of their work. Feedback sessions with principal players and artistic and music directors provide crucial artistic, technical, and conceptual assistance. In addition, EarShot includes a series of online Professional Development Sessions which covers topics including creative collaboration, self-publishing for composers, fundraising, and orchestral commissions and contracting.