Members of New Music ensemble pose with instruments and a toy piano

New Music Ensemble

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.



Marc Sosnowchik

Assistant Director of Bands

Director, Longhorn Pep Band

Director, New Music Ensemble

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T.j. Anderson

Teaching Assistant in Wind Conducting

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Tyler Ehrlich

Teaching Assistant, University Bands

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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



M-W-F,  12–2p   
MRH 6.222



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

Bates Recital Hall 
Austin, TX

Student Composer looks into camera with electronic keyboard on his shoulder

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

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Previous Seasons



Marcos Balter 
Bladed Stance
Violin Concerto

Angélica Negrón         
Lanzarse from Sonidos del Avistamiento

James Takashi Tabata     
Rokkō Gaze

Andrew Dana
The Fried Room (world premiere)

Arvo Pärt

Raven Chacon
Voiceless Mass (winner of the 2022 Pulitzer Prize for Music)

Missy Mazzoli
Ecstatic Science
Still Life with Avalanche

Allison Loggins-Hull
The Pattern

Joan Tower
Black Topaz

Niloufar Nourbakhsh
America I Got to Know

Michael Daugherty
This Land Sings

Kevin Puts
Einstein on Mercer Street




Gabriela Lena Frank
Danza de los Saqsampillos (marimba version)
Zapatos de Cincha

Olivia Davis
Luisa y Alejandro

Andrew Rodriquez
Loved and Feard

Brandon Scott Rumsey
the Sparrows

Jessie Montgomery
Starburst (chamber version)

Takuma Itoh
Adaptation Variations

Carla Lucero

Ian Dicke
Grand Central




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  

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

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