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Music Program

Close interaction between participants and our internationally-renowned faculty, visiting master artists and special guests is integral to the New Music On The Point experience. Participants work closely with faculty in private lessons, masterclasses, workshops, reading sessions and daily seminars.

During our 10th anniversary season in 2020, each participating composer will have one of their pieces (new or previously written) read and recorded by the JACK Quartet or the Wet Ink Ensemble. Composers will also workshop new pieces for one of the four participant ensembles:

  • Technology Ensemble (coached by Sam Pluta and Brian Riordan)
  • Improvisation Ensembles (beginning and advanced levels, coached by Josh Modney, Nicole Mitchell and Matthew Evan Taylor)
  • Experimental Music Theater Workshop (coached by Carola Bauckholt, Kate Soper and Tony Arnold)
  • NMOP Fellows Ensemble (including piano, percussion, voice, and the participant ensemble-in-residence, coached by the JACK Quartet and faculty)

Performers will participate in one of these four ensembles, as well as performing works from their own repertoire, works by faculty and visiting composers, and significant 21st century chamber pieces. They will perform alongside and be coached by faculty performers. Performers have the opportunity for individual instruction, masterclasses, ensemble coaching, and performing on the on-campus Salon concerts and community events.

We particularly encourage participants in 2020 who are performer-composers, improvisers, work with technology or have experience with (or an interest in) experimental music theater or opera.

Please note: in 2020, ALL instruments will be considered, including brass, strings, winds, piano (including duos), vocalists, and percussion. We do not have the facilities for harp or marimba. If you have any questions about whether your instrument or ensemble is feasible in our space, please email us. 

“I am blown away by the program you have created for new music! The freedom to express ourselves, enjoy the teachings of others, and have the release of all that academic tension is beautiful and I was often brought to tears listening to my new colleagues perform. I can’t tell you what a safe haven you have created for us, especially as vocal musicians. We are constantly judged out in the “real” world, and to have two weeks of non-judgment to hone our crafts and work with such a talented group of faculty and colleagues is a breath of fresh air. Compared to other summer vocal institutes, NMOP is by far superior in content.”
—vocal participant

Point
CounterPoint

Prelude

Adult
Workshops

New Music
On The Point