The Northwestern University New Music Conference (NUNC!) is a biennial event hosted by the Institute for New Music at Northwestern University that brings together composers, performers, musicologists, theorists, and other new music advocates from around the world. This three-day festival of new music includes performances of new works along with presentations, master classes, and discussions.

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.


NUNC! 4 will take place April 24 to 26, 2020

Participating artists include the internationally acclaimed Arditti Quartet, Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir, and Bienen School alumna Jennifer Walshe, a leading voice of the aesthetic field merging music composition and performance art. Recent alumna Katherine Young, Assistant Professor at the Berkeley Conservatory in Boston, will curate the first call for improvisers. In addition to this lineup of guests, several Bienen School ensembles, students, and faculty will participate in concerts, masterclasses, panels, and presentations.

Calls for scores, performers, electronics, presentations, and improvisations will be posted in mid-September 2019. 


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.