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.
 

Fall 2018 Events

Nemmers Prize Residency: Jennifer Higdon

October 15-20, 2018

  • CME Concert featuring music of Jennifer Higdon
    October 18, 2018 @ 7:30 p.m.
    Pick-Staiger Concert Hall
    Music of Jennifer Higdon, George Lewis, and Pierre Boulez
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  • SWE Concert featuring music of Jennifer Higdon
    October 19, 2018 @ 7:30 p.m.
    Pick-Staiger Concert Hall
    Music of Jennifer Higdon, Steven Bryant, and Adam Schoenberg
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  • NUSO Concert featuring music of Jennifer Higdon
    October 20, 2018 @ 7:30 p.m.
    Pick-Staiger Concert Hall
    Music of Jennifer Higdon, Leonard Bernstein, and Ludwig van Beethoven
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University Chorale + Contemporary Music Ensemble: Pre-Election Concert
Sunday November 4, 2018 @ 4:00 p.m.
Galvin Recital Hall
Music of Benjamin C.S. Boyle, Michael GilbertonMichael Laurello, Giacomo Carissimi and Johannes Brahms
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Bienen Contemporary/Early Vocal Ensemble: Pre-Election Concert
Monday, November 5, 2018 @ 7:30 p.m.
Galvin Recital Hall
Music of Nicholas Cline, Lansing McLoskey, and William Brooks
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Contemporary Music Ensemble
Thursday, November 29, 2018 @ 7:30 p.m.
Galvin Recital Hall
Music of Marcos BalterHunter Chang, Salvatore Sciarrino and Karlheinz Stockhausen
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Current Voices Lecture Series

All events take place at 5 p.m. in RCMA LL-121

Sky MacKlay, October 11
Jennifer Higdon, October 18
Marcos Balter, November 29
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.