The NIU School of Music presents the eighth NIU New Music Festival, November 5-8, featuring five concerts over four nights.

The event brings together NIU students and faculty performers along with renowned performers like:

  • Libby Larsen, one of America’s most prolific and performed composers
  • Erin Gee, accomplished composer and vocalist, in-demand at home and abroad
  • Ensemble Dal Niente, performs new and experimental chamber music with dedication, virtuosity, and an exploratory spirit
  • Fifth House Ensemble, Chicago-based group that harnesses the collaborative spirit of chamber music to reach beyond the traditionally-perceived limits of classical music
  • Avalon String Quartet, world-renowned ensemble in residence in the NIU School of Music
  • Matt Ulery, Chicago based bassist/composer and bandleader who has developed an instantly recognizable sound
  • Projeto Arcomusical, a world music sextet reimagining the Afro-Brazilian berimbau through unique and powerful chamber music made up of NIU School of Music alumni and faculty
  • Abby Fisher, percussionist focused on performing and supporting continued growth of new music, and has expertise in contemporary, classical, and African (Ewe) percussion

Concert schedule

New Music bannerConcert No. 1
Libby Larsen, Composer Portrait
8 p.m., Boutell Memorial Concert Hall

Concert No. 2
New Music from NIU
Erin Gee
Ensemble Dal Niente
8 p.m., Boutell Memorial Concert Hall

Concert No. 3
Fifth House Ensemble
6:30 p.m., Recital Hall, NIU Music Building

Concert No. 4
Matt Ulery
Avalon String Quartet
Projecto Arcomusical
Gregory Beyer, NIU School of Music professor and director of percussion studies
8 p.m., Boutell Memorial Concert Hall

Concert No. 5
Abby Fisher
6:30 p.m., Recital Hall, NIU Music Building

Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 students and School of Music students are free of charge.  Tickets can purchased online or at the door.