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New Music DC 2019

September 14-15, 2019
The Catholic University of America

District New Music Coalition thanks all who attended our second annual contemporary music conference! New Music DC was open to anyone with an interest in new works, from music students to professors, recording engineers to arts administrators, performers to composers, and all music lovers.

(We’ve already begun laying the groundwork for New Music DC 2020, but we have a number of events planned between now and then: three New Music Happy Hours, our spring concert series, and several other exciting co-ventures to be announced. Visit our Area Events page to see those and more!)

Conference Highlights

  • “Spotlight” Performances by guest artists Meraki and Fuse Ensemble

  • Local compositions by DC-area composers (students & professionals)

  • New works from all over, performed by local artists & ensembles

  • Panels & Presentations proposed by members of DC’s vibrant music community

  • Town Hall Meeting to discuss opportunities and challenges present in DC’s contemporary music scene

  • A non-traditional concert experience curated by the Green Stairwell Concert Series

New Music DC was presented in partnership with The Catholic University of America and sponsored by the Friday Morning Music Club and Marlow Guitar International, with concert recordings sponsored by Arts Laureate and programs sponsored by UMBC Department of Music.

––––––––––––– General Schedule –––––––––––––

Saturday, September 14

  • 9:00 AM - Conference Check-In & Registration Opens

  • 10:30 AM - Welcome & Group Performance

  • 11:30 AM - Panel Session 1

  • 12:30 PM - Lunch Break

  • 2:00 PM - Concert #1
    with Green Stairwell concert experience

  • 3:45 PM - New Music Speed Dating

  • 5:15 PM - Panel Session 2

  • 6:15 PM - Dinner Break

  • 8:00 PM - Concert #2
    with Meraki spotlight performance

Sunday, September 15

  • 1:00 PM - Welcome & Town Hall

  • 2:30 PM - Panel Session

  • 4:00 PM - Concert #3
    with Fuse Ensemble spotlight performance

Advance Registration & Ticket Sales Are Open!

Conference activities are free to Catholic University of America students, faculty and staff with university ID.
Per-ticket service fees apply to online purchases.

You can keep the New Music Community strong for everyone. Make a charitable donation to DNMC today!

Meet Our Spotlight Ensembles:

Anastasia & Elizabeth of  Meraki.

Anastasia & Elizabeth of Meraki.


Meraki is a chamber ensemble co-founded by former classmates, Anastasia Christofakis, clarinet, and Elizabeth G. Hill, piano. They are recipients of Chamber Music America’s 2018 Classical Commissioning Grant for their current collaboration with award-winning composer, Jerod Tate. The ensemble is dedicated to awakening cultural compassion through music. Meraki’s recurring focus is the music of “Essence” that evokes the culture and history of people through their folk sound and musical language. Learn more at www.elizabethghill.com/meraki/.

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Fuse Ensemble

Fuse Ensemble is a concept-based new music/new media performing ensemble. Each season a concept is presented, giving voice to new music composers and creating musical happenings with visual elements of live, interactive video and/or kinetic installations. The musicians of Fuse perform on an eclectic mix of flute, clarinet, electric violin, electric guitar, cello, piano, electronic playback, percussion, and invented instruments. Linked by the insane possibilities of software such as MaxMSP/Jitter and Processing, sometimes using sensors on the musicians and live interactive cameras on stage, the artists create an experience that fuses sound, video and humans into a liquefied state and gives each concept a setting — a visual and kinetic environment to experience it in that furthers communication and unifies the concept. Learn more at www.fuse-ensemble.com/.

Thanks to Our 2019 Sponsors!