For 35 years the American Composers Orchestra (ACO) has been the only orchestra in the world dedicated to the creation, performance, preservation and promotion of music by American composers. Since its founding, the orchestra has commissioned and premiered more new works by American composers than any other orchestra. ACO serves as an incubator of ideas, research and talent, as a catalyst for growth and change among orchestras, and as an advocate for American composers and their music.
Arts Education Programming:
The Music Factory programs of the American Composers Orchestra (ACO) are designed to promote student achievement, inspire creativity, and develop baseline transferable skills through close engagement with some of the worlds finest composers and musicians. Taking unique advantage of one of the city’s most underutilized resources – New York is home to more accomplished composers than any other place in the world – ACO Music Factory programs are hands-on, minds-on, performance-based activities structured for students in 4th to 12th grade and are appropriate for in-school or after-school settings. Our programs provide high-impact learning opportunities for music students of any level, and many are appropriate for schools and students without musical experience. For most ACO Music Factory programs the length and number of artist visits is adaptable to the needs of the school, from a single event to a full semester or year.