One of the leading conferences for new music in the world, the Northwestern University New Music Conference (NUNC!) brings together composers, performing musicians, scholars, and other new music advocates for a series of workshops, panel discussions, and concerts.

NUNC! 5: April 21-23, 2023

NUNC! 5: April 21-23, 2023

The Institute for New Music’s fifth conference and festival will feature guest composers Julia Wolfe and Alex Temple. New York-based Yarn/Wire will attend as guest ensemble, presenting a concert, workshop, and masterclass.

The Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Bienen lecturer Alan Pierson, will open the conference with a performance of Berio’s Sinfonia alongside Julia Wolfe’s Fountain of Youth. Many other Bienen School ensembles, students, and faculty will participate in concerts, panel discussions, and presentations over the course of the weekend.

NUNC! History


April 24, 2021: Featured artists of the all-virtual conference included Arditti Quartet, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Jennifer Walshe, and Katherine Young.


April 20–22, 2018: 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.


The first NUNC! took place in April 2014 and featured composer Brian Ferneyhough, pianist Nicolas Hodges, Ensemble Dal Niente, and the Mivos Quartet.