The University of Texas New Music Ensemble is widely regarded as one of the best student ensembles of its kind in the United States. Featuring solo, chamber and large ensemble works by living composers and those of the recent past, the ensemble presents five concerts each season, with a focus on music from the past twenty years.

Since the inception of the Visiting Composers Series in 1995, the ensemble has featured works of world-class guest composers who also present an open forum on their works and give master classes to students in the composition division. 

The New Music Ensemble has been called "the best hidden treasure in Austin's classical music scene" (Austin Chronicle), and performances by the ensemble have won "Best Performance of a New Work" awards from the Austin Critics' Table on several occasions.

 

Director

Ryan Kelly

Associate Director

Assistant Director of Bands

Director, New Music Ensemble

Director, Wind Symphony

Associate Professor of Practice in Conducting

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New Music Ensemble consists of sixteen core members made up primarily of the most proficient students in the Butler School. It is open to qualified students university-wide by audition.  

 

Audition Info

 


Course

M-W-F,  12–2p   
MRH 6.222

UNDERGRADUATE ENS 107N
GRADUATE ENS 187N

Watch

"Into Thin Air" from Oblivion
Nathan Lincoln De Cusatis
Ryan Kelly, conductor

Bates Recital Hall 
Austin, TX

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New Music Ensemble collaborates with the Butler School composition division to regularly present world premieres of outstanding student compositions.


 

Recent visiting composers 

Andy Akiho
Viet Cuong
Michael Daugherty
David Del Tredici 
Annie Gosfield 
Augusta Read Thomas 
Joan Tower
Chen Yi

Recent Visiting Musician headshots

 

 


 

Upcoming Performances

New Music Ensemble

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Event Status
Scheduled
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Daniel Moreira | Countdowns 

Ian Whillock  | Interpretations

Geli Li | Breath IV 

Januibe Tejera | Flashforward III 

New Music Ensemble

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Event Status
Scheduled
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FEATURING
Ellie Jarrett Shattles, mezzo soprano 
Donnie Ray Albert, baritone 
Michael Daugherty, narrator 

Michael Daugherty | This Land Sings  

New Music Ensemble

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Event Status
Scheduled
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Brandon Scott Rumsey | The Sparrows

Jessie Montgomery | Starburst  

Takuma Itoh | Adaptation Variations  

 

New Music Ensemble

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Event Status
Scheduled
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Nicole Paiement, guest conductor 

Program To Be Announced

 

 

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Previous Seasons


 

19/20

Nabil Abad
Dynamic Movement

Andy Akiho  
Speaking Tree

David Biedenbender  
Red Vesper

Ian Dicke
Assembly Lines

Annie Gosfield  
Detroit Industry

Mary Kouyoumdjian
The Vanishing Dark

Hannah Lash  
Hush

Steven Mackey  
Blue Notes and Other Clashes

Nathan Nokes
Don't Feed the Trolls, world premiere

Monte Taylor  
Sigil III: Nibiru, world premiere

Christopher Trapani  
Sparrow Episodes, US premiere

Mattea Williams
Bloomworld premiere



 

18/19

Viet Cuong
Extra Fancy
Electric Aroma

Paul Dooley
Point Blank

Jennifer Higdon
Wissahickon poeTrees

Jennifer Higdon
Splendid Wood
American Canvas 
Ruminations

Matthew Lyons
Guitar Concerto

Harold Meltzer
Variations on a Summer Day

Darius Milhaud
La Creation du monde, Op. 81

Steven Stucky
Boston Fancies

Thomas B. Yee  
The Musician's Guide to Philosophy,
world premiere

 

 

17/18

Keith Allegretti
Elegy and Tarantella

Jacob Druckman
Come Round

Adellia Faizullina
Tatar Fold Tales

Don Freund
Test of Time for 18 players

Philip Glass
Glassworks

David Gompper
Butterfly Dance
Traceur II

Jesse Jones
Persona Mechanica

Mark Kilstofte
The White Album

Missy Mazzoli
Still Life with Avalanche

Paul Moravec
Chamber Symphony for Seven Instruments

James Parker
Lightscapces, world premiere

Judith Shatin
Ockeghem Variations
Vayter Un Vayter

Minho Yoon
5+4+3+2+1= for Fifteen Players

 

All lists are partial.