A one-on-a-part ensemble of approximately 20 players, CME trains students to take on this challenging repertoire while thriving in a large chamber ensemble setting. The ensemble also provides models for entrepreneurial careers outside of the mainstream orchestra world. Each year, CME plays side-by-side with great guest artists, and collaborates with student and faculty composers from the Northwestern community as well as major visiting guests.
Ben Bolter is co-director of the Contemporary Music Ensemble. He is also associate director of the Institute for New Music at the Bienen School.Visit Faculty Page
Alan Pierson is co-director of the Contemporary Music Ensemble. He is the artistic director and conductor of the ensemble Alarm Will Sound.Visit Faculty Page