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Modern Music Ensemble 2021-22 Auditions

  • UW Modern Ensemble

Auditions are open to music majors. Non-majors who are taking lessons with a faculty member will need a recommendation from the faculty member. 

Modern Music Ensemble meets on Tuesdays and Fridays from 11:30 am–1:20 pm. 

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)

School of Music Graduate Study Admission: Learn More


Auditions will be in person only on September 30, 2022, 11:30 a.m.—1:20 p.m. in Meany 268.
Contact Cristina Valdés at to schedule an audition time.

Audition requirements

  • Please come prepared to play selections from two works of contrasting styles/periods. Everyone will also be asked to sight-read.


For more information regarding the UW Modern Music Ensemble audition process and submission, please email