New Music New College is an extension of the music program at New College that presents five programs of contemporary, avant-garde and experimental music each year. Some of our programs feature world-class professionals; some include New College students as performers and/or composers/developers. All are designed to expand the boundaries of music and performance and to explore the new while contextualizing the present and the past. And all NMNC events are free for New College students, faculty and staff.
Under the direction of Provost and Professor of Music Stephen Miles, students have worked in collaboration to produce programs of new experimental music; performed works by John Cage, Pauline Oliveros, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Steve Reich and others; played in rock bands with members of the Sarasota Orchestra as guests; and had master classes with some of the best professional contemporary composers and performers of our time.
Most NMNC programs have an Artist Conversation the day before a concert, where the performers (and sometimes composers) discuss their work and demonstrate techniques involved with producing and performing the upcoming pieces. And while some NMNC concerts take place in New College’s 260-seat, acoustically excellent Sainer Pavilion, New Music New College likes to challenge audience expectations by holding performances in unusual places like the entire ground floor of College Hall, outside on stages surrounding the audience, and in our improvised “Club Sudakoff.”
New Music New College is about the new: the unknown, the unexpected, the unblazed trail. For more information: