Summer News


ACF Philadelphia and The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia announce that Andrea Clearfield as the 2nd Gerber composer in residence. Ms. Clearfield is well known and highly regarded as a composer nationally and internationally and we feel she is an excellent choice for the Migrations theme of the COP 2018-19 season. Ms. Clearfield’s residency will culminate in Spring 2019 with the premiere of a new work for electric guitar and chamber orchestra featuring guitarist Jordan Dodson – more info about the residency here:

  • We are delighted to support a new initiative, the Young Women’s Composers Camp (YWCC), which began July 9th . The young women composers’ camp aims to amplify the voices of young women, to allow them access to a high level of musical training, and to close the gender gap in the music composition field and create a more equitable music sector. They strive to be accessible and inclusive to anyone who identifies as female or non-binary. This project seeks to help young people with an interest in music composition with classes, talks and meetings with outstanding guest composers and musicians. Please read more about this vital new project here:

  • We will continue our composer residency project with The Village of Arts and Humanities - details coming soon!

  • We are excited to announce our first collaboration with Ars Nova Workshop and the cellist Francesco Dillon, in conjunction with The October Revolution Festival of Jazz and Contemporary Music. Stay tuned for more information about this project. 

  • Also coming soon ACF Philadelphia will announce details about the Soundlab Project with the Philadelphia Orchestra, The Barnes Foundation, The University of Pennsylvania Music Dept. and the JACK Quartet! ACF Philly members will have an opportunity to work with JACK, widely viewed as one of the best new music ensembles in the world today. More news coming soon about this amazing new project. 

  • In late October, we present a workshop with composer and musician Jinhi Kim, in cooperation with the Won Institute, Young Women’s Composers Camp and International House Philadelphia. Ms. Kim is a highly regarded Korean-American composer who blends Jazz, Contemporary Classical and Traditional Korean music in exciting ways. This program represents ACF’s commitment to support a diverse spectrum of musical ideas and traditions. 

  • We will also soon announce a major new project for 2019, a collaboration between ACF Philadelphia, Mural Arts, and The Friends of the Railpark. This project will feature large-scale audiovisual installation works in areas of the new Railpark, which just opened its first section in June. This may be our highest profile project ever and we are eager to share details with you as soon as possible!

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