New Music Ensemble | Mount Allison

Course number: MUSC 1689
Credit: 1 credit, full year
Rehearsal time: Tuesdays, 6-8:30 p.m.
Location: MYB Conservatory Rm. 004 [Band Room]

First rehearsal: Tuesday September 14, 2021, 6:00 p.m.

New Music Ensemble gives students the opportunity to collaborate, create, interact, listen, experiment, and improvise, as well as rehearse and perform contemporary works for small and large mixed chamber ensemble. Works that have limited written materials but require a lot of listening and interaction amongst the performers, such as Terry Riley’s In C or the open score works of Canadian composer Jordan Nobles, will be featured alongside through-composed works and new works improvised by the ensemble. New Music Ensemble will be directed in Fall 2021 by Prof. James Kalyn, and in Winter 2022 by Dr. Nicole Strum.


New Music Ensemble is open to any instrumentalist or vocalist, including any Mount Allison student, as well as faculty, staff, and community members. While many of the activities will not require a lot of music reading, ensemble members must be able to read music.
Auditions are held in order to learn the scope of participants’ technical and musical abilities, and to select appropriate repertoire. They are not competitive. 

Audition requirements

Please prepare 3-5 minutes of music of your choice that demonstrate your technical and musical abilities.

Audition and start-up schedule

Auditions will be held from Sept. 6-10, 2021 in MYB 108 (percussion in the Band Rm.) Online sign-up sheets will be posted by August 1, 2021.

First meeting of New Music Ensemble will be Tuesday, September 14, 2021, 6:00 pm.

Questions?: email Prof. Kalyn at