ACF Philadelphia has been hosting New Voices, its composer development program, since 2001. New Voices offers emerging composers of any age the opportunity to have new works rehearsed, performed, and recorded by professional performing ensembles. Composers are selected through a competitive application process. Past partners include: Argento Chamber Ensemble, the Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia, Dolce Suono Chamber Music Concert Series, International Opera Theater, Network for New Music, and Relâche Ensemble.
Composers selected for the New Voices program will be given the opportunity to have multiple rehearsals with the participating ensemble and receive direct feedback from the musicians. The atmosphere fostered in the rehearsal sessions is one of collaboration and mentorship. Composers are free to ask questions about their music on everything from notation concerns to technical aspects of writing for a specific instrument to aesthetics of the composition. Both the ensemble and the composer are encouraged to explore new possibilities in a mutual goal: to create the best presentation of a new work.
Each composer will gain significant career experience and hopefully progress in their artistic development as a result of this program. Additionally, the participants will have started a relationship with a professional performing ensemble, which could lead to future collaborations.