EarShot - A National Composition Program
For the first time, the Jacksonville Symphony is participating in the national composition program EarShot! The creation of EarShot came through a partnership between the American Composers Orchestra, the League of American Orchestras, the American Composers Forum and New Music USA. EarShot serves as an incredible opportunity for emerging composers in the early stages of their compositional careers.
EarShot draws from a national network of advisors and advocates, working with orchestras around the country to identify and support promising composers. Orchestras have relied on EarShot to advise them on commissions, competitions and program design in addition to identifying composers consistent with the orchestra’s artistic vision. EarShot residencies include established composer mentorship, orchestra readings and musician and conductor feedback sessions, and are customized to the orchestra’s aesthetic and/or demographic interests and community and education activities.
Next week, the Jacksonville Symphony will be joined by four emerging composers and three mentor composers for three days of intense workshops and rehearsals. The four visiting emerging composers that were chosen from an international candidate pool are Nicholas Bentz, Will Healy, Ursula Kwong-Brown and Meng Wang. The three mentor composers include Courtney Bryan, Marcos Balter and Steven Mackey. The week will end with a performance of each of the four emerging composers’ new orchestral works and Courtney Bryan’s White Gleam of Our Bright Star on Friday, April 20.
Recognizing the remarkable educational value to this event, the Symphony has made admission FREE for students presenting a valid student ID.