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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.

2017-2018 Events

Steve ReichSteve Reich

As part of his residency week, Reich will attend rehearsals and classes with students and faculty. On Wednesday night the School's Percussion Ensemble will play a selection of his works, followed by a concert on Thursday night with performances by the Contemporary Music Ensemble and the Bienen Early/Contemporary Music Choir (BCE).

NU Percussion Ensemble - Music of Steve Reich
Wednesday, November 15, 7:30 p.m. 
Pick-Staiger Concert Hall
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CME & BCE - Music of Steve Reich
Thursday, November 16, 7:30 p.m.
Pick-Staiger Concert Hall
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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

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

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 18, 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