Gaudete Brass Quintet

Founded in 2004, the Gaudete Brass Quintet is devoted to presenting serious brass chamber music at the highest level of excellence and to encouraging worldwide appreciation of the art of brass chamber music through live performances, recordings, education, and the creation of new works. The quintet has been featured on concert series, radio broadcasts and […]

International Contemporary Ensemble

With a flexible roster of 33 leading instrumentalists performing in forces ranging from solos to large ensembles, the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) functions as performer, presenter, and educator, advancing the music of our time by developing innovative new works and pursuing groundbreaking strategies for audience engagement. In an era of radical change, ICE redefines concert […]

Lakeshore Rush

A ‘Pierrot’ chamber music ensemble, Lakeshore Rush is made up of six extraordinary musicians from Chicago who delight audiences of all ages with riveting contemporary music characterized by programmatic innovation, and collaborative partnerships. Lakeshore Rush has been featured in a masterclass and performance at Lawrence University, and as guest artists for MeritFest at Chicago’s Orchestra […]

MAVerick Ensemble

Known for its bold programming and its exceptional performances, the MAVerick Ensemble presents concerts of experimental music designed to engage, entertain, and inform the audience. In residence at the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, the ensemble presents a year-long concert series that has been selected as Critic’s Choice in the Chicago Reader.


MusicNOW is the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s critically acclaimed contemporary music series hosted at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance. Uniquely curated by CSO Mead Composers-in-Residence Elizabeth Ogonek and Samuel Adams, each MusicNOW concert is an audio-visual journey through groundbreaking repertoire with musicians from the CSO.

Northwestern University Bienen School of Music

A major component of the Bienen School’s ten-year strategic plan, the Institute for New Music has been established to act as a physical, intellectual and performance hub for 20th- and 21st-century art and popular music at Northwestern University. Seeking to elevate the School’s reputation and expand its educational offerings in modern music, the Institute will […]


    In 2014, a group of friends came together to form Picosa, a mixed chamber music ensemble comprised of flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, and composer-in- residence based jointly in Chicago and the Western Suburbs. Each season, Picosa presents concert programs of virtuosic music that showcase its signature symphonic sound with eclectic repertoire that crosses traditional boundaries of […]

Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble

With the precision and flexibility of modern chamber musicians, Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble specializes in experimental vocal repertoire that is changing the paradigm of contemporary music. Described as “a new force of vocal excellence and innovation” by The Brooklyn Rail, Quince continually pushes the boundaries of traditional vocal ensemble literature.

Spektral Quartet

In the five years since its inception, the Spektral Quartet has risen as one of Chicago’s premiere chamber ensembles, performing new music and traditional repertoire with equal rigor. With a focus on creating inviting and interactive audience experiences, the quartet has gained national attention through efforts like its Mobile Miniatures project, in which over forty […]