New Music USA is presenting “Amplifying Voices” programs throughout 2022, featuring orchestral world premieres by Valerie Coleman, Juan Pablo Contreras, Vijay Iyer, Tania León, Jessie Montgomery, Brian Raphael Labors, Nina Shekhar, Tyshawn Sorey, and Shelley Washington. In April, the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra in Little Rock presented the first performances of Tania León’s Pasajes (“Passages”); co-commissioning orchestras include the Auburn Symphony, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Orlando Philharmonic, and National Symphony Orchestra. Earlier this month, the Las Vegas Philharmonic premiered Juan Pablo Contreras’s MeChicano; co-commissioners include the California Symphony, Fresno Philharmonic, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Tucson Symphony, and Richmond Symphony. On August 20, Tyshawn Sorey’s saxophone concerto will be premiered by the Lucerne Festival Contemporary Orchestra in Switzerland; co-commissioners include the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. More than 30 U.S. orchestras will premiere new works through “Amplifying Voices,” which fosters collaboration toward racial and gender equity in new orchestral music. New Music USA President and CEO Vanessa Reed said, “Our musical canon will only evolve if these pieces are played more than once. I’m so pleased that this program gives more audiences across the country a chance to discover the power of these composers’ work as we all strive towards a more open and equitable future for classical music.” Learn more at