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Based on multiple CODA member repertoire surveys from 2011 to 2018, the Repertoire Committee has developed a clear understanding of the repertoire being successfully performed by 21st century college orchestras.  This section outlines compositions—standard, contemporary, and woman-composed—tagged as ‘playable and accessible’ by CODA orchestra programs of all stripes, whether small, medium, or large.  We hope this section opens up new and exciting repertoire possibilities for our members.”

Standard Repertoire for College Orchestras

The 2011 CODA Repertoire Survey uncovered the most-performed and most-neglected composers and compositions played by CODA orchestras, leading to an inaugural definition of ‘standard repertoire for college orchestra.’

Repertoire for College Orchestras by Contemporary and Women Composers

The 2018 CODA Repertoire Survey queried members about their top choices for contemporary (post-1960) repertoire and repertoire composed by women that is appropriate for college orchestra based on three categories of program size: Small, Medium, and Large. Therefore, this data should be applicable to any and all…

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The Accessible Diverse Orchestral Repertoire Equity Project

The Accessible Diverse Orchestral Repertoire Equity (ADORE) Project is created by three CODA members committed to broadening and bringing greater diversity to the repertoire of smaller orchestra programs. Beyond the rich traditions of what one would call the “standard” orchestral composers and repertoire, there is a treasure of lesser-known and seldom performed works, particularly those composed by women, composers of color and composers of diverse ethnicity. It is these distinguished composers and their works we hope to highlight and bring to a wider audience.

Each post includes brief biographical information, a program note, an instrumentation list, a perusal score or score sample, a link to the publisher or other information for acquiring performance materials and a recording of the work.

Click HERE to visit The ADORE Project.

The ADORE Project Team

Patrick Reynolds (University of Dayton)
David Tedford (Bloomsburg University)
Chaowen Ting (Georgia Institute of Technology)

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