Albany Symphony Announces Nationwide Competition for Young & Emerging Composers

Albany Symphony’s “Composer to Center Stage Reading Sessions”

The Albany Symphony announces a call for scores for its annual “Composer to Center Stage Reading Session.” Open to young and emerging composers nationwide looking to develop and refine their orchestral craft, the Albany Symphony will select three winners to join the orchestra during its annual American Music Festival in June 2017. The central event will be a reading session of a new work by each of the three selected composers by the full Albany Symphony, led by Music Director, David Alan Miller. In addition, the three composers will attend the orchestra's entire American Music Festival, participating in unique professional development sessions, in-depth collaborations with the symphony’s resident composers - including Christopher Theofanidis, Reena Esmail, and others - and attend all rehearsals and performances.

The competition is part of the Symphony's “Composer to Center Stage” initiative, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which continues the orchestra’s venerable tradition of commitment to new music, particularly through nurturing new compositional voices. The initiative fosters collaboration between the orchestra, its audiences, and nationally acclaimed and emerging composers.

The orchestra will accept applications between November 15th, 2016 and January 15th, 2017.
Application guidelines can be found here.