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 weekend of workshops, panel discussions, and concerts.

NUNC! 4 New Music Conference and Festival

April 24-26, 2020

From April 24-26, 2020, the Institute for New Music will present NUNC!—the Northwestern University New-Music conference and festival—for the fourth time. Guests include the renowned Arditti Quartet, as well as composers Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Jennifer Walshe, and Katherine Young, who will curate the first call for improvisers at NUNC!. In addition to a wide array of concerts by our guest performers, composers, and Bienen School ensembles, NUNC! 4 will present new works, new papers, and new performances from several calls.

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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


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.