Performing repertoire spanning from the 20th century to works by living composers, the Modern Music Ensemble is the premiere contemporary music chamber ensemble of the University of Washington. In addition to focusing on small ensemble and chamber orchestra works, the students have the opportunity to perform with the Harry Partch Ensemble, and to collaborate with DXARTS in the performance of electro-acoustic works.
Recent performances have included the West Coast premiere of Steve Reich’s “Radio Rewrite” and a concert of works by American composers John Zorn, Christian Wolff, and Morton Feldman. The ensemble works regularly with visiting artists and composers. Recent guests have included Stephen Drury, Garth Knox, and Ursula Oppens. The upcoming Winter concert will include the US premiere of Betsy Jolas’ “Wanderliend” for solo cello and ensemble, and Pierre Boulez’s “Derive 2” conducted by Ludovic Morlot.
Modern Ensemble appointments are awarded yearly. Special consideration for scholarship and TA-ship is given to those graduate students who audition for this ensemble January 25 and February 8, 2020. More Information