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.

2013-2014 Conservatory New Music Season Schedule

The New Music Ensemble is proud to present our 2013-2014 Concert Series!

October 5, 2013 - 8:00PM

Steven Hartke, Meanwhile - Incidental Music to Imaginary Puppet Plays (San Francisco Premiere)
David Del Tredici, Dracula
Tobias Picker, Songs Selections
John Cage, Living Room Music

Novermber 16, 2013 - 8:00PM

Lembit Beecher, And Then I Remember (West Coast Premiere)
Francis Poulenc, Le bal masqué
Morton Feldman, The Viola In My Life 1

March 16, 2014 - 8:00PM

Ryan Brown ('05), The Exact Location of the Soul (Hoefer Prize Winner)
Terry Riley, Y Bolanzero
John Adams, Son of Chamber Symphony
Lou Harrison, The Perilous Chapel

New Music Ensemble Member Information

For audition information please click here.