NUNC! Calls for Submissions

Calls for performances, papers, scores, improvisers, and electronic music are online now.

No submission or participation fee required!

Musicians, Composers, Performers, Improvisers: Submit your scores or proposals. Performers can either play a work in a concert of notated new music or a concert of improvised music; performances may be up to 15 minutes.

Composers and performers of electronic works are invited to participate in a concert of electronic music with fixed media compositions or as performers with a live-electronics piece.

Musicologists, theorists, and composers are invited to present their work or research in the call for presentations.

Composers are invited to participate in the call for scores for saxophone quartet, chorus, or string quartet.

All information and forms available here.

Deadline for submissions: December 1, 2019 at 11:59 p.m.

NUNC! 4 New Music Conference and Festival

April 24-26, 2020
Bienen School of Music, Northwestern University
Evanston, Illinois

One of the leading conferences for new music in the world, NUNC! brings together composers, performing musicians, scholars, and other new music advocates for a weekend of workshops, panel discussions, and concerts.

The first NUNC! took place in April 2014 and featured composer Brian Ferneyhough, pianist Nicolas Hodges, Ensemble Dal Niente, and the Mivos Quartet. NUNC! 2 was held in November 2015 and NUNC! 3 took place in April 2018.

From April 24-26, 2020, the Institute for New Music will present NUNC!—the Northwestern University New-Music conference and festival—for the fourth time. Guests include the renowned Arditti Quartet, as well as composers Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Jennifer Walshe, and Katherine Young, who will curate the first call for improvisers at NUNC!. In addition to a wide array of concerts by our guest performers, composers, and Bienen School ensembles, NUNC! 4 will present new works, new papers, and new performances from several calls.


April 20–22, 2018: The largest conference to date, NUNC! 3 featured Claire Chase, Derek Bermel, Simon Steen-Andersen, Ashley Fure, and the Jack Quartet.


November 6–8, 2015: Guest artists included Third Coast Percussion, Ensemble Dal Niente, Ted Hearne, Donnacha Dennehy, Kate Soper, Ann Cleare, and Rick Burkhardt.