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Northwestern University New Music Conference (NUNC! 3)

The Institute for New Music functions as the nerve center of all contemporary music activities at the Bienen School. It presents numerous events over the course of the academic year – from residencies of visiting ensembles and composers to workshops, lectures, and masterclasses, to the biannual Conference/Festival NUNC! Furthermore, the Institute coordinates the activities of the Contemporary Music Ensemble, and gives a platform to New Music activities for all areas of the school.

Upcoming 2017-2018 Events

Contemporary Music Ensemble

Works by Kirsten, Cheung, and Birtwistle

Friday, February 9, 2018
Galvin Recital Hall

The Bienen School’s two new-music ensembles come together for an eclectic concert featuring the music of Shawn Jaeger, Sofia Gubaidulina, and a world premiere by student composer Sam Scranton.

Dal NienteEnsemble Dal Niente

The acclaimed new music ensemble will return to the Bienen School to work with both music performance and composition students. The residency will conclude with a performance of eight new works by current composition students written for the groups.

Ensemble Dal Niente - New Composition by Bienen School Composers
Tuesday, March 6, 7:30 p.m.
Ryan Opera Theater


Music of Shawn Jaeger and Sofia Gubaidulina

Friday, March 9, 2018
Galvin Recital Hall

The CrossingThe Crossing

Grammy-nominated vocal ensemble The Crossing will share their passion for contemporary choral music in a weeklong residency that includes a seminar with conducting students, open rehearsals, and a collaboration in concert with the Bienen Contemporary/Early Vocal Ensemble,

The Crossing & BCE - Michael Gordon's Anonymous Man
Friday, March 16, 7:30 p.m.
Galvin Recital Hall


Friday, April 20 – Sunday, April 22, 2018

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With guest pianist Conor Hanick

Thursday, May 17, 2018
Galvin Recital Hall

Weston Olencki – Trombone Recital

Thursday, May 24, 2018
McClintock Recital Hall

Current Voices

Lectures and concerts by some of the leading artists in the field. 

  • Eva Zöllner  - Thursday, October 12, 2017, 5 p.m. RCMA Room L-121
  • Wang Lu  - Thursday, January 11, 2018, 5 p.m. RCMA Room L-121
  • Christian Wolff - Thursday, January 18, 2018, 12:30 p.m. RCMA Room 1-168
  • Lucy Dhegrae - Thursday, February 8, 2018, 5 p.m. RCMA Room L-121
  • Shawn Jaeger - Thursday March 8, 2018 5 p.m. RCMA Room L-121
  • Michael Gordon - Thursday March 15, 2018 5 p.m. RCMA Room L-121
  • Weston Olenki - Trombone Recital Thursday May 17, 2018, 7:30 p.m. McClintock Recital Hall
  • Conor Hanick - Guest Pianist with CME, Concert Thursday May 24, 2018, 7:30 p.m. Galvin Hall