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.
Contemporary Music Ensemble: Works by Timo Andres, Missy Mazzoli and Felipe Lara
Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
Galvin Recital Hall
Bienen Contemporary/Earl Vocal Ensemble Evensong
Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019, 5 p.m.
Alice Millar Chapel
“Dog Days” opera (Chicago Premiere)
Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 21-23, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 24, 3 p.m.
Ryan Opera Theater
The production, which marks the first collaboration between the Bienen School’s opera program and Institute for New Music, will be directed by Joachim Schamberger and conducted by Alan Pierson, conductor of the “Dog Days” world premiere in 2012. Composer David T. Little will be in residence at the Institute for New Music November 19-22 leading up to the Chicago premiere of his work.
Contemporary Music Ensemble presents Hans Abrahamsen’s “Schnee”
Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, 7:30 p.m.
Pick-Staiger Concert Hall
New Music Showcase
Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, 7:30 p.m.
Galvin Recital Hall
Oscar Bettison Residency
Wednesday-Friday, March 4-6, 2020
British-American composer Oscar Bettison will attend rehearsals with the Contemporary Music Ensemble, led a composition masterclass, and present a colloquium during his March residency. CME will present a concert on Friday, March 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the Ryan Opera Theater.
Ensemble Dal Niente Residency
Monday-Wednesday, March 9-11, 2020
The Chicago-based contemporary classical music ensemble will coach the Contemporary Music Ensemble and work with composition students before presenting a concert of student works Wednesday, March 11 at 7:30 p.m. in Galvin Recital Hall.
NUNC! 4 – Conference/Festival
April 24-26, 2020
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. NUNC! 4 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.
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Jennifer Higdon Residency
Monday-Thursday, April 27-30, 2020
Jennifer Higdon returns to campus for her second residency as winner of the Bienen School’s 2018 Michael Ludwig Nemmers Prize in Music Composition. The Northwestern University Chamber Orchestra will perform a series of Higdon concertos featuring faculty soloists on Thursday, April 30 at 7:30 p.m. in Pick-Staiger Concert Hall.
Contemporary Music Ensemble
Saturday, May 16, 2020
Works by Burhans and Zivkovic
Mabel Kwan Residency
Friday-Sunday, May 15-17, 2020
Mabel Kwan, Chicago based pianist and member of Ensemble Dal Niente, will visit campus to work with composition students.
Current Voices (Lecture Series)