"The open, collaborative nature of Chicago's new music community is home to an extraordinary crop of ensembles and a vibrant landscape of composers. The scene for new music in Chicago is exceptional and I dedicate myself to supporting and encouraging its sustainability and growth." — Augusta Read Thomas

Selected Events

Upcoming Premieres

APRIL 28 & 29, 2023
World Premiere of TOWARD A SECRET SKY, Poems on Love by Rūmī for light lyric soprano, SATB chorus and orchestra. Commissioned and premiered by the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, Dr. Eric Stark, Artistic Director who will be conducting the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra in the Hilbert Circle Theatre in downtown Indianapolis on Monument Circle.

May 19, 2023
World Premiere of TERPSICHORE'S BOX OF DREAMS for 13 players performed by The Grossman Ensemble conducted by Timothy Weiss, Logan Center for the Arts, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL.

May 21, 2023 – 2 PM
World Premiere of ABSOLUTE OCEAN in the version for mezzo-soprano and orchestra performed by "The President's Own" United States Marine Chamber Orchestra conducted by 1st Lt. Darren Y. Lin featuring Mezzo soprano soloist MSgt Sara Sheffield. Washington, D.C.

May 25, 2023
UK Premiere of TERPSICHORE'S BOX OF DREAMS for 13 players performed by the London Sinfonietta conducted by Vimbayi Kaziboni at Southbank Centre's Queen Elizabeth Hall, London.

AUGUST 5, 2023
Chicago Premiere of SUN DANCE for orchestra will be performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Marin Alsop at The Ravinia Festival, Highland Park, Illinois.

NOVEMBER 9, 2023
New York Premiere of SUN DANCE for orchestra in Memoriam Oliver Knussen performed by the American Composers Orchestra, conducted by Vimbayi Kaziboni in Zankel Hall of Carnegie Hall.

MARCH 16, 2024
WORLD PREMIERE of GWENDOLYN BROOKS SETTINGS for Treble Chorus and Orchestra. Text by Gwendolyn Brooks. World premiere by Anima – Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus and the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra, Stilian Kirov, conducting, Charles Sundquist, Chorus, Director. This commission and associated activities are partially supported by a 2019 grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency and Illinois Humanities.


Upcoming Events

MARCH 31, 2023
Guest Artist for Masterclass on string compositions at Chicago College of Performing Arts as organized by Dr. MingHuan Xu, violinist and Director of Strings at Roosevelt University, Chicago, Illinois.

MARCH 31, 2023
RINGS OF LIGHT for 9 saxophones performed by the University of South Carolina Saxophone Ensemble, led by Professor Clifford Leaman, at The North American Saxophone 2023 Biennial Conference at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi

APRIL 16, 2023 – 3 PM
AVIAN ESCAPADES for woodwind quintet performed by Chicago Pro Musica the International House of the University of Chicago.

April 18, 2023 – 7:30 PM
LAETITIA'S CAPRICE for solo soprano saxophone performed by Phil Pierick on the Duckwall Artist Series at Butler University, Indianapolis, IN.