New Music Ensemble

The New Music Ensemble is a small, select chamber orchestra that plays great works of the 20th and 21st centuries, including World Premieres of MYAC commissioned works. These premiere works are often performed with the solo virtuosity of guest artists (listed below). Students must be in Symphony Orchestra to participate in this select group and be able to commit to all rehearsals and performances. Participation in this tuition free ensemble is based on Symphony seating audition results.


  • Barbara Butler, trumpet
  • Mathieu Dufour, flute
  • Charles Geyer, trumpet
  • Charles Pikler, viola and violin
  • Robert Swan, narrator
  • eighth blackbird:
  • Lisa Kaplan, piano
  • Timothy Munro, flute
  • Michael Maccaferri, clarinet
  • Matt Albert, violin
  • Nicholas Photinos, cello
  • Matthew Duball, percussion

Performance Venues

  • Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, Northwestern University
  • Alice Millar Chapel, Northwestern University
  • First United Methodist Church, Evanston
  • MYA Center

Works Commissioned

  • Gary Fry: Cityscape: Chicago for violin and viola soloist and strings
  • Michael Martin: Chicago Perpetuo
  • Max Raimi: Concertino for Flute, Strings, and Harp

Other Modern Works Performed

  • Igor Stravinsky: L’Histoire du Soldat

You can hear select performances of the New Music Ensemble at