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 biannual Conference/Festival NUNC! Additionally, the Institute coordinates the activities of the Contemporary Music Ensemble and gives a platform to New Music activities for all areas of the 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.

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.