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.
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.
UNDERGRADUATE ENS 107N
GRADUATE ENS 187N
"Into Thin Air" from Oblivion
Nathan Lincoln De Cusatis
Ryan Kelly, conductor
Bates Recital Hall
New Music Ensemble collaborates with the Butler School composition division to regularly present world premieres of outstanding student compositions.
Recent visiting composers
David Del Tredici
Augusta Read Thomas
Featuring composers of the Gabriela Lena Frank
Creative Academy of Music
Program curated by Frank
Januibe Tejera de Miranda, guest conductor
director of the Electronic Music Studio
Featuring works for electronics, student compositions
Ellie Jarrett Shattles, mezzo soprano
Donnie Ray Albert, baritone
Michael Daugherty, narrator
Michael Daugherty | This Land Sings
Brandon Scott Rumsey | The Sparrows
Jessie Montgomery | Starburst
Takuma Itoh | Adaptation Variations
Nicole Paiement, guest conductor
Program To Be Announced
The Vanishing Dark
Blue Notes and Other Clashes
Don't Feed the Trolls, world premiere
Sigil III: Nibiru, world premiere
Sparrow Episodes, US premiere
Bloom, world premiere
Variations on a Summer Day
La Creation du monde, Op. 81
Thomas B. Yee
The Musician's Guide to Philosophy,
Elegy and Tarantella
Tatar Fold Tales
Test of Time for 18 players
The White Album
Still Life with Avalanche
Chamber Symphony for Seven Instruments
Lightscapces, world premiere
Vayter Un Vayter
5+4+3+2+1= for Fifteen Players
All lists are partial.