Ensembles

The Mizzou New Music Ensemble, under the direction of faculty composer and Alarm Will Sound member Dr. Stefan Freund and postdoctoral fellow Dr. Yoshiaki Onishi, collaborates with MU’s faculty and student composers, performs frequently on and off campus, and works with some of the world’s leading composers and interpreters of new music. Seven Graduate Assistantships are available for New Music Ensemble members.

For 2021-22, the ensemble members are:

  • Valentina Arango Sánchez, flutes
  • Andrew Wiele, clarinets
  • Johanny Veiga Barbosa, violin
  • Andy Lewis, violoncello
  • Daniel Fitzpatrick, piano
  • Eve Werger, piano
  • Jordan Nielsen, percussion
  • Stephen Landy, percussion

Over the last nine years, the ensemble has performed regularly in St. Louis through MNMI's Sound of Art partnerships, in such venues as the Sheldon Concert Hall, Shoenberg Theatre at the Missouri Botanical Garden, Contemporary Art Museum, World Chess Hall of Fame, St. Louis Science Center, and collaborating with visual artists at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. The Ensemble has been coached by prestigious guest composers and performers that have visited the campus as a result of the New Music Initiative, including Steven Stucky, Tod Machover, Matt Haimovitz, eighth blackbird, the Verdehr Trio, and others.

Listen to a selection of performances by the Mizzou New Music Ensemble here:

The ZouM Faculty New Music Collective was conceived in friendship during the Spring of 2015. Our discussions over cofee about the desire to truly connect with our audience members blossomed into a realization of our determination to present good contemporary chamber music together. After only two seasons, ZouM has already enlisted the talents of over 25 faculty performers, composers, and academics from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Music to present innovative programs that promote contemporary chamber works by living composers.

Recent projects have featured works by Jennifer Higdon, Gabriel Prokofiev, Dennis DeSantis, and Mizzou composers Stefan Freund, Trey Makler, Jacob Gotlib, and Carolina Heredia. The ensemble's 2017-18 season features the premieres of two specially commissioned works by composers Christopher Stark and Asha Srinivasan, both of which were made possible by the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation and the Mizzou New Music Initiative.

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1. derived from the Ancient Greek word χημεία (khēmeia) meaning "cast together"
2. a contemporary chamber music ensemble based in the United States

Hailed by the Columbia Daily Tribune as adding a “fresh dimension” to the concert experience, Khemia Ensemble is dedicated to promoting contemporary classical music by cultivating inclusive place-making, collaborative mentorships, and authentic storytelling through immersive, multimedia performances.

Khemia has been featured in venues and festivals including National Sawdust, the Mizzou International Composers Festival (Columbia, MO), Strange Beautiful Music Festival (Detroit, MI), New Music Gathering, Latin IS America (East Lansing, MI), and the Biennial New Music Festival (Cordoba, Argentina). As passionate artist educators, Khemia has also held residencies at University of Michigan, Tufts University, Michigan State University, University of Missouri, University of Tennessee at Martin, the National University of Bogota, and the National University of Cordoba.

Committed to expanding the “pierrot plus” repertoire, Khemia has commissioned works by both established and emerging composers including Stefan Freund, Phillip Sink, José Halac, Carolina Heredia, Kaito Nakahori, and Bret Bohman. As ensemble-in-residence at the Missouri Summer Composition Institute, Khemia has workshopped and premiered over 40 works by high school composers. Our first album, Voyages, can be streamed via BandCamp.

For more information, visit http://www.khemiaensemble.com

The Mizzou New Music Initiative is thrilled to have a long-standing partnership with internationally-acclaimed new music ensemble Alarm Will Sound. In addition to a biennial Fall residency at Mizzou, the group serves each year as the ensemble-in-residence for the Mizzou International Composers Festival, where they perform two concerts and rehearse intensively with visiting composers.

Alarm Will Sound is a 20-member band committed to innovative performances and recordings of today’s music. They have established a reputation for performing demanding music with energetic skill. Their performances have been described as “equal parts exuberance, nonchalance, and virtuosity” by the Financial Times of London and as “a triumph of ensemble playing” by the San Francisco Chronicle. The New York Times says that Alarm Will Sound is “one of the most vital and original ensembles on the American music scene.”

The versatility of Alarm Will Sound allows it to take on music from a wide variety of styles. Its repertoire ranges from European to American works, from the arch-modernist to the pop-influenced. Alarm Will Sound has been associated since its inception with composers at the forefront of contemporary music, premiering pieces by John Adams, Steve Reich, David Lang, Michael Gordon, Aaron Jay Kernis, Augusta Read Thomas, Derek Bermel, Benedict Mason, and Wolfgang Rihm, among others. The group itself includes many composer-performers, which allows for an unusual degree of insight into the creation and performance of new work.

Alarm Will Sound may be heard on nine recordings, including their most recent, Splitting Adams, a collaboration with Meet the Composer, a Peabody Award-winning podcast, as well as the premiere recording of Steve Reich’s Radio Rewrite. Their genre-bending, critically acclaimed Acoustica features live-performance arrangements of music by electronica guru Aphex Twin. This unique project taps the diverse talents within the group, from the many composers who made arrangements of the original tracks, to the experimental approaches developed by the performers.

Alarm Will Sound has been presented by Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, (le) Poisson Rouge, Miller Theatre, the Kitchen, the Bang on a Can Marathon, Disney Hall, Kimmel Center, Library of Congress, the Walker Arts Center, Cal Performances, Stanford Lively Arts, Duke Performances, and the Warhol Museum. International tours include the Holland Festival, Sacrum Profanum, Moscow’s Art November, St. Petersburg’s Pro Arte Festival, and the Barbican.

For more information and to join the mailing list, visit Alarm Will Sound’s website at www.alarmwillsound.com