American Creators Ensemble




The American Creators Ensemble (ACE) is the resident performing ensemble of the Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium, which is comprised of symposium participants who apply in the following categories:

  • Composer/Performer (Category II);
  • Performer (Category III);
  • OBFCS Vocal Fellows Program (Category III);
  • Conductor (Category IV).
  • Ensemble Applicant (Category VIII)

Each member of ACE is a vital part of a community of musicians—instrumentalists, vocalists, composer/performers, and conductors—who premiere the music of symposium participants throughout the festival.

ACE gives performances in the primary concert and workshop venues of the symposium: the “New Sound Worlds” Series; the “Performers Showcase” Concert Series; and the “Wild Nights Cafes.” The musicians of ACE are mentored by guest artists and “Performers Showcase” artists in rehearsals, who also perform with them in concert performances and workshops.

Now more than ever, we must work together as a community of composers and performers in order to further develop and strengthen our common artistic values and aspirations, especially in these challenging times. We have the power to ensure that the arts thrive, and in the OBFCS, we are focusing on the creation, performance, and recording of new music. We aim to connect all OBFCS participants—composers, composer/performers, performers, and conductors who come from around the world—in ongoing creative projects and collaborations that extend into the future far beyond the boundaries of the symposium itself.

Application Deadlines:

Early Notification:
Monday, April 16, 2018

Final Deadline:
Monday, April 30, 2018

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their applications by the early notification deadline; we will start to make admissions decisions at that time and promptly notify participants of their status.

Apply to participate for:

All composers are strongly encouraged to apply in the category of “composer/performer” so that they can participate in the American Creators Ensemble (ACE), which will enhance their experience as members of an engaged community of collaborative artists.