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Lee Hyla Memorial Concert

Thursday, October 16, 7:30 p.m.

Lutkin Hall, free

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Lee Hyla Memorial Concerts in New York, Boston, and Evanston

Three concerts celebrating the life and work of Lee Hyla will be held in September and October:

Saturday, September 20, 12 p.m.

St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery, 131 E. 10th St., New York, NY

Admission is free. More details


Thursday, September 25, 8 p.m.

Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory of Music, 290 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA

Admission is free. More details


Thursday, October 16, 7:30 p.m.

Lutkin Hall, Northwestern University, 700 University Place, Evanston, IL

Admission is free. Performers include saxophonists Thomas Snydacker and Ryan Muncy, clarinetist Joshua Rubin, violinist Austin Wulliman, cellist Chris Wild, pianist Nolan Pearson, and the Spektral Quartet. More details

Darmstadt Fellowship Awardees Include Two Bienen School Students

At the conclusion of Germany's 2014 Darmstadt International Summer Course for New Music on August 16, eight fellowship awards were given to participants. Two of the awards were given to Bienen School students: Weston Olencki, a 2014 graduate in trombone performance, and Katherine Young, a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate in composition. The Bienen School congratulates these students for achieving this highly selective honor and raising Chicago's prominence on the international new music scene. Over 400 participants from around the world attended this year's Summer Course. Read more about Darmstadt International Summer Course award recipients.

Dear friends of the Institute for New Music,

On Friday, June 6th, our colleague and friend Lee Hyla passed away. Lee, who had come to Northwestern University in 2007 after long and influential years in Boston, was a great composer and a wonderful teacher.

Although he was only tangentially involved with the formation of the Institute for New Music, his often witty advice and his unique way to soften the blow of constructive criticism by delivering it with his very own kind of humor was crucial for all of us. Nobody present will forget the highly personal, extremely funny, and very intelligent comments on John Cage during the inaugural event of our institute, which – delivered with typically Lee-Hyla-understatement – gave an entirely new angle to our symposium.

Lee was a wonderful teacher, who influenced an enormous class of young composers here at the Bienen School, at New England Conservatory, and at numerous festivals and workshops.

Observing his unique style of teaching had a strong influence on me (we arrived here at Northwestern together as new faculty members): his healthy skepticism towards many of the formalities of academia, his willingness to question all authority figures of the Western canon, and, most importantly, the deep humanity that permeated all his interactions with young composers and performers will always be a model for me personally.

We will greatly miss Lee Hyla.

Hans Thomalla
Director, Institute for New Music

Lee Hyla (second from left) speaking at CageFest.

NUNC! Conference Photos

In April, musicians, composers, and theorists gathered for first biannual Northwestern University New Music Conference — or NUNC! — sponsored by the Institute for New Music. The goal was  to bring professionals and students, who are working scholarly and creatively in the field of contemporary music together for presentations of works, performances, and research.  

The event was a tremendous success. Check out our slideshow below. We look forward to another NUNC! in 2016.

You can still view the schedule for NUNC! 2014.