Modern Music Ensemble 2020-21 Auditions

  • UW Modern Ensemble

The School of Music anticipates offering select graduate students special consideration for tuition funding and teaching assistantships for the 2020-21 academic year to serve as leaders of the Modern Music Ensemble. The School of Music will audition students for this opportunity in the areas of strings and winds (2020 Auditions will be for Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello, Flute, and Clarinet).


About the Modern Music Ensemble

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. (Learn More)

Application Deadline for Fall 2020 School of Music Graduate Study Admission: December 1, 2019 
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Modern Music Ensemble Audition Dates

January 25 and February 8, 2020 - Recorded auditions will be considered by special request.

Sign-Up Procedures

Please contact Cristina Valdés via email to request pdf copies of required audition excerpts (see below) and to request an audition time. Applicants are encouraged to provide a resume detailing any applicable performance experience, and/or a statement of interest in contemporary music.


Audition Repertoire

All applicants must submit a resume/cv and prepare the following audition repertoire (see below). Copies of these excerpts can be requested via email by contacting Cristina Valdés.

  • One work from the Baroque or Classical period. 
  • One 20th or 21st century work (excluding Bartok, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Hindemith, Britten, Gershwin, Rachmaninoff, and Impressionist composers)
  • Excerpts TBA
  • Sight-reading