The Institute for New Music functions as the nerve center of all contemporary music activities at the Bienen School of Music.

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 biennial Conference/Festival NUNC! Additionally, the Institute provides a platform for new music activities for all areas of the Bienen School.

Several critical assets make Northwestern a logical site for a major new music initiative. These include a corps of talented performance students interested in new music; a strong composition program; the biennial Michael Ludwig Nemmers Prize in Music Composition, which regularly brings world-renowned composers to campus; the Northwestern Music Library, which contains an unparalleled and internationally renowned archive of printed music composed since 1945; and proximity to Chicago’s vibrant new music scene.

Winter/Spring 2019 Events

Kate Soper Residency
February 7-9, 2019

Contemporary Music Ensemble
February 9, 2019
Matt Marks, A Song for Wade 
Kate Soper, The Ultimate Poem Is Abstract 
John Adams, Chamber Symphony 
Ben Zucker, new work  
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New Music Performance Showcase
February 18, 2019
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Zafa Collective Residency 
March 12-14, 2019
Performance of student works; round table discussion for performance students about careers in new music
Concert March 14, 2019
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Mivos Quartet Residency 
April 29-May 3, 2019
Coaching CME; Concert of new works
Concert May 2, 2019

Current Voices Lecture Series
All events take place at 5 p.m. in RCMA LL-121
Kate Soper, February 7
Tonya Ko, February 21
Zafa Collective, March 14

New Music Ensembles

Bienen Contemporary/ Early Vocal Ensemble
Contemporary Music Ensemble

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Expanding educational offerings in modern music

The Institute for New Music organizes an array of major cultural and educational events, including symposia, festivals, workshops and residencies. Each of these activities provides students with opportunities to interact with and learn from prominent figures in the new music world.