New Music Ensemble

Nicole Paiement, Director
Jacques Desjardins, Assistant Conductor

The New Music Ensemble involves students in the classical music of their own time. Members of the ensemble, who are accepted by audition, perform a variety of works written in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries in four major concerts each year. The works range from twentieth-century classics to brand new works by contemporary composers. Personal contact with composers is provided whenever possible. In addition, several concerts and readings of works by student composers are presented each year.

The BluePrint project, founded by artistic director Nicole Paiement in 2002 with support of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, is a series focused on building new music for the city. Receiving rave reviews from the press as being "...something remarkable and unique in the big bad city...". It has quickly gained a reputation for presenting unique and challenging programs. In its first season, BluePrint honored the work and students of Oliver Messiaen, as well as apprentices of Darius Milhaud at Mills College, both of which attracked composers all over the world. BluePrint has collaborated with the Internation Women Composers and Other Minds Festivals, American Conservatory Theater, and conducted the American premiere of Hanna Kulenty's Flute Concerto. More rcently the series has celebrated the achievements of Ligeti, Weill and Dutilleux among other composers.

2014-2015 New Music Season | Natural Systems


Saturday, October 4 - 8PM | From the Heart
Elinor Armer I left my heart
Dan Becker '89 Soldier to Soldier
Linda L. Holland '93 Uses of Parts of the Music in an Uttermost Different Way
Kyle Hovatter '12 Gavotte for Elly
Sasha Matson '80 Berkeley Hills
Barry Phillips '90 Ostinato for Elly's 75th Birthday
Aleksandra Vrebalov '96 Armer Fanfare
Carolyn Yarnell '86 Handsome not Pretty
Arnold Schoenberg Herzgewächse, with Chelsea Hollow '14 soprano  

Tête à tête* with all composers, 7:20 PM

Saturday, Novermber 15 - 8PM | Natural Systems
KT Nelson, choreographer
John Glover Natural Systems (world premiere of re-orchestration, BluePrint commission)
Conrad Susa "Rapunzel" from Transformations
Kaija Saariaho Terrestre (West-Coast Premiere)
Bethanne Walker '15 flute 

Tête à tête* with John Glover, 7:20 PM


Saturday, March 14 - 8PM | Exotic Soundscapes
Robin Estrada '05 Pagihip at Pagtaktak (Hoefer Prize winner)
Stephen Paulson Bassoon Concerto, Justin Cummings '15 bassoon,
Olivier Messiaen Oiseaux exotiques

Tête à tête* with Robin Estrada and Stephen Paulson, 7:20 PM


Creative Conversation Fridays (Free)
Elinor Armer and fellow composers: October 3, 6 PM
John Glover: November 14, 5 PM
Robin Estrada '05: March 13, 6 PM  

*Join composers and performers for casual conversation and a glass of wine on the Deleage level. (Free) 

New Music Ensemble Member Information

Audition Information

Please see page two of above linked PDF