Book Release: Compositions and Concepts by Carei F. Thomas

Compositions and Concepts “Dear Friends and Colleagues: I am happy to announce my music book (representing 40+ years of my work/life) is now published. The title is “Compositions and Concepts.” It includes over 170 original songs, explanations of my methodologies, some of my philosophy, graphic compositions, synth-choral works and studies.” Learn more

Punk-Ass Classical launches their first crowdfunding campaign

“Punk-Ass Classical is a series of contemporary chamber music events in basements, living rooms, and attics throughout the Twin Cities. Our goal is to provide a uniquely intimate and accessible space for both emerging and established performers and composers to connect with new audiences. We are launching this campaign so that we can appropriately compensate […]

Jocelyn Hagen selected as WSCM11 Composer

During the 11th World Symposium on Choral Music in Barcelona, selected choirs will premier new compositions of 16 renowned composers, including Minnesota’s own Jocelyn Hagen. She shares with NewMusicMN, “I couldn’t be more thrilled to have been commissioned by the International Federation of Choral Music to compose a work for the World Choral Symposium in Barcelona, Spain, in […]

Announcement: Composer Quest Olympic Games

August 18, 2016 Inspired by the Rio Olympics and in the spirit of my upcoming world travels, this fall I’ll be hosting the official Composer Quest Olympic Games! These 6 short events are designed for (even busy!) composers to sharpen their skills and get in the habit of regular composing. The events are: National Anthems […]

NewMusicMN on Youtube!

NewMusicMN now has its own Youtube playlist on the ACF channel. Minnesota composers and performers are encouraged to share your latest and greatest videos (as long as they feature some of your current creative output). Over time this list will help us become better informed about each other’s musical interests and project a rich and […]

Hear The Landmark SoundBeam

The Landmark Center elevator lobby is now home to Philip Blackburn’s Landmark SoundBeam; a permanent public sound sculpture installed in this historic building! Step into the beam and listen like a ghost — through the walls and ceilings, from the subbasement to the towers, from offices, museums, courtrooms, HVAC rooms, to the cortile. The whole […]

Gao Hong Book Release: Chinese Pipa Method

Minnesota composer Gao Hong recently shared with ACF some meaningful insight on her new publication The Hal Leonard Chinese Pipa Method, now available from Amazon. In her own words… When I wrote this book I had three important readers in my mind: anyone who wanted to learn to play Pipa, any guitarist or lute player who […]

Announcing Zeitgeist’s 2016-2017 Concert Series

Announcing Zeitgeist’s 2016-2017 Concert Series Zeitgeist is pleased to announce its 2016-2017 series of performances, festivals, and collaborations to take place at Studio Z in Lowertown Saint Paul. For the Birds CD Release Concert Sept. 8-10 The 2016-17 season begins with the release of Zeitgeist’s latest recording. A compelling combination of colorful musical performance, songs, […]

Vocalessence Remix Adds New Voices To Choral Music

VocalEssence announces the winners of its second annual ReMix mentorship, designed to foster the next generation of choral music composers. VocalEssence ReMix matches four emerging Minnesota composers with mentors for a six-month one-on-one partnership to help each composer complete two new, original choral pieces. These works will premiere at the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) […]