American Composers Orchestra, Inc.
January 31, 2011
The American Composers Orchestra was conceived to increase the world's knowledge of American orchestral music, primarily but not exclusively classical or concert music, through performance, advocacy, education, commissions and any other means. It has worked effectively for over 30 years in this effort. The ACO gives regular public performances and festival in New York City (at Carnegie Hall and many other venues) and from time to elsewhere. It increases its reach through broadcasts of many of its programs on radio, recordings and educational activities. It has a distingushed record of commissions to composers both young and unknown as well as prominent ones and has achieved great success with various educational projects and collaborations with other institutions including orchestras, conservatories and schools and service organizations such as the League of American Orchestras and the American Music Center. Its performance and training work is of the highest quality and universally regarded as such. No organization does more for the entire world of American composers and their music - of all genres. Please see its site, http://www.americancomposers.org/history.html.
As a professional in the orchestra world for some fifty years I know of no other institution that does as much, as effectively, to support the American Composer. I have seen the value of its work first hand for decades first hand.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
In concerts, publications, observing educational activities like composer readings.
Ways to make it better...
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Find ways to further support its work with increased financial and human resources.
Board Member & Served on the Board of Directors, helped on various committees, fund raising, and projects of many sorts.