New Music Chicago Presents

New Music Chicago is proud to continue its free, monthly concert series titled New Music Chicago Presents that showcases the diversity and creativity of its members. In partnership with the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) and Experimental Sound Studio, New Music Chicago Presents takes place from 7:30 to 8:30pm (central) every THIRD Tuesday of the month, live-streamed onto NMC’s YouTube page. All lead performers are members of New Music Chicago.

Curated and hosted by Ben Zucker and Adam Kennaugh, the New Music Chicago Presents series will bring a new body of repertoire and innovative performances to listeners in Chicago and beyond while also exposing new audiences to the world-class new music being created among Chicago musicians.

See the 2021 NMCP performances here.

See the 2022 NMCP performances here.

See the 2023 NMCP performances here.

Want to perform on NMCP?

Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis! Click here to submit a proposal.

NMCP 2024 Submissions Call

In the spirit of increasing collaboration between NMC members, select performers will be accepting works for consideration on their concerts!

This call is for New Music Chicago members ONLY. Please email a score and recording (if available) to, with the subject line “NMCP Submission – [Performer]”.

See below for the list of performers open to submissions, and any notes on their specifications. Submissions are due three months before the concert date in the interest of giving performers adequate time to prepare any material they receive. Due to preparation, program length, thematic choice, or logistical concerns, it is ultimately up to the performer’s discretion to include submissions on their program.

NMC Presents 2024 Season Roster

Decho Ensemble:

January 16, 2024

“This program addresses forms of evolution, revolution, and renewal while exploring the outpouring of emotions that we experience during these processes. With pieces that incorporate acoustic instruments, fixed media, electronification, and sonic landscaping, Decho Ensemble will portray various renditions of metamorphosis and transformation.”

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Rose Bishop:
Diversions for Flute & Piano

February 20, 2024

Featuring works by women composers, including a world premiere by Kirsten Kunkle, in collaboration with Dr. Abbie Brewer, piano.

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Missing Piece:
Diminishing Fifths

March 19, 2024

The Bridgeport-based string duo presents an evening-length work for detuning instruments by Shi-An Costello.

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Paul Scherer/Emily Cox:
Les Temps du Jour/Written On The Table Where You Starved Me

April 16, 2024

A double bill of new vocal music!

Molly Clementz, mezzo soprano, and Stephen Uhl, piano, present original French art songs by Paul Scherer depicting times of the day and seasons of the year. 

Written on the Table Where You Starved Me: is a staged song-cycle directly addressing disordered eating from three distinct, created by composer Daniel Felsenfeld, librettist Bea Goodwin, soprano Emily Cox.

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Else If Else:

May 21, 2024

Works by Nomi Epstein, Katherine Balch, and John Supko showcasing auditory ecosystems, crafted through thoughtful choice of timbres and gestures. Else, if Else leads the audience on an exploration of these unique sonic worlds and the fascinating transitions, or ‘ecotones’, between them. Featuring Nolan Ehlers (( percussion), Zoe Markle (double bass), and Benjamin Portzen (piano).

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Cacie Miller:
Composing The Climate

June 18, 2024

A piano program of musical reckonings with climate change, including works by Alexandra Du Bois, Brian Field, and Miller.

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Hot Second:
Instructions For Playing

July 16, 2024

Dylan Feldpausch (violin) and Rebecca McDaniel (percussion) takes the audience on a kaleidoscopic musical journey, featuring new works by José Martínez and Dylan Feldpausch alongside music by Stephanie Orlando and Hannah Epperson.

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Marissa Kerbel:
New Beginnings

August 20, 2024

Marissa Kerbel, pianist, will perform a program comprised entirely of new works by friends and colleagues with an emphasis on works by NMC composers. The compositions on this program will represent a variety of compositional styles and take inspiration from the concept of a “new beginning” or “fresh start.” 

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Open to submissions!
Marissa has requested works specifically from NMC members for this concert.
Send works for consideration to with the subject line “NMCP August 2024 submission” by June 15.

Elizabeth Rudolph:
Moments In Memory

September 17, 2023

A evening of original, lyrical chamber music, with clarinet and piano, and art song performed by the composer herself.

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Beteta, Rodriguez, Scofano: “Three Latin Americans walk into a …”

October 15, 2024

Composers Xavier Beteta (Guatemala), Josh Rodriguez (Colombia), and Richard Scofano (Argentina), will offer three world premieres – a rich sonic feast presenting eclectic aesthetics that draw inspiration from classical, contemporary, and Latin American dance and folk music. A celebration of music by Chicago-based composers from Central and South America, this concert of new piano trio music performed by Stephen Uhl, Brian Ostrega, and Brian Gaona will also feature the bandoneon. 

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Richard Brasseale & Jonathan Hannau: Water Music

November 19, 2023

Richard Brasseale (saxophone) and Jonathan Hannau (piano) explore reflective musical works for saxophone and piano, including premieres by Brasseale and Hannau.

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Crossing Borders Music:
Chicago Composers: the Next Generation

December 17, 2023

“Chicago Composers: the Next Generation” celebrates the work of composers in the Crossing Borders Music Young Composers Project. In the project, youth from music programs in North Lawndale and Garfield Park receive weekly composition lessons and write a piece for the Crossing Borders Music string quartet. Hear their fresh, new approaches to an age-old genre, and music commissioned by Crossing Borders Music of emerging African-American composers including brand new works by Jessica T Carter, AJ Isaacson-Zvidzwa, and more!

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