The Institute for New Music functions as the nerve center of all contemporary music activities at the Bienen School of Music.

Founded in 2012, the Institute 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! Several critical assets make Northwestern an ideal site for a major new music initiative. These include a corps of talented performance students interested in new music; a strong composition program; the 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.

NUNC! 5: April 21-23, 2023

 

New Music Ensembles

Bienen Contemporary/ Early Vocal Ensemble

This 24-voice ensemble concentrates on music of the 21st century, drawing relationships to its polyphonic roots in early music.

Contemporary Music Ensemble

A one-on-a-part ensemble of approximately 20 players, CME presents exciting concerts of wide-ranging contemporary works.

Upcoming Events

Bienen Ensembles

February 10, 2023 7:30pm

Contemporary Music Ensemble

Galvin Recital Hall

Bienen Ensembles

February 16, 2023 7:30pm

Saxophone Ensemble

Galvin Recital Hall

Bienen Ensembles

February 18, 2023 7:30pm

Bienen Contemporary/Early Vocal Ensemble

Galvin Recital Hall

Bienen Ensembles

March 10, 2023 7:30pm

Contemporary Music Ensemble

Galvin Recital Hall

Festivals & Series

March 11, 2023 7:30pm

Unheard-of//Ensemble

McClintock Choral and Recital Room

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.

Music Library

The Northwestern University Music Library is internationally renowned for its extensive collection of contemporary scores composed since 1945 as well as its original manuscripts, including the notable John Cage collection.

Explore the Collection

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