Conference 2016: 

What We Talk About When We Talk About New Music, September 17-18, 2016

University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Bezanson Auditorium

Saturday, September 17, 2016

9-9:30am       Registration/coffee

9:30-11am     Panel I: Temporality and the New

9:30                Anna Reguero, “Performative Frames in Sarah Kirkland Snider’s Unremembered

10:00              Nicholas Stevens, “Last Tango in the Imaginary Museum: New Music as Revisionist Curation in Thomas Adès’s Powder Her Face (1995)”

10:30              Lisa Cooper Vest (University of Southern California), “Newness Outside of Time: The Case of the Polish Avant-Garde”


11:15am -12:45pm Panel II: Economies of New Music

11:15               John Pippen (Colorado State University), “What They Talk About When They Talk About Selling New Music”

11:45               Elena Dubinets (Seattle Symphony/University of Washington), “The Economics of New Music: Commodification   and Branding of the Creative Identity”

12:15                Yi Hong Sim (University of California, San Diego), “Neoliberalism, Neoconservatism, and the Avant-Garde: The Significance of New Music Practice in a Revised Temporality of Class-Based Resistance”

12:45-2:00pm—Lunch break (lunch catered on-site)

2:00-3:30pm            Panel III:       North American New Music Now

2:00                Judy Lochhead (Stony Brook University), “Sonic Phoenix: New Classical Music” 

2:30                William Robin (University of Maryland), “The (Ontological) Politics of American New Music”

3:00                David Blake (University of Akron), “The Omnivorous Tastes of Roomful of Teeth”


4:00pm       Keynote talk, "From the Schoenberg-Verein to National Sawdust: On New Music Ecosystems, Then and Now," Anne C. Shreffler, Harvard University (Introduction by Roberta Marvin, Chair, UMass Department of Music and Dance)

* 7:30pm    New Music Concert, Bezanson Auditorium:  Eric Sawyer, "Games for Three" (2016, premiere); Jazer Giles, "Chiasmus" (2015); Salvatore Macchia, "Messagio Interotto" (2016, premiere); Kati Agocs, "As Biddeth Thy Tongue" (2006). 

Performers: Cobus du Toit, flute; Fredric T. Cohen, oboe; Ayano Kataoka, percussion; Salvatore Macchia, contrabass; Stephen Walt, bassoon

Guests: Jazer Giles, electronics/video; Joel Pitchon, violin; Volcy Pelletier, cello

Sunday, September 18, 2016

9:30am-10:30am      Panel IV: Opera as New Music

9:30am           Emily Richmond Pollock (MIT), “An Alternative Universe for Avant-Garde Opera”

10:00am        Megan Steigerwald (Eastman School of Music), “From A House of Cards into the Limousine: Twenty-First Century Opera, Digital Mediation, and Netflix Economics”


10:45am-12:15pm   Panel V: Institutions and the Making of New Music

10:45am        Sasha Metcalf (Vanderbilt University), “Canonizing a Mainstream Avant-Garde at BAM’s Next   Wave Festival”

11:15am        Matthew Mendez (Yale University), “George Benjamin’s Antara, IRCAM, and New Music as Urban Imaginary”

11:45am        Lisa Jakelski, “Making New Music at the Warsaw Autumn Festival”


12:30-1:30pm Discussion: What We Talk About When We Talk About New Music (Moderators: Andrea Moore, University of California, Riverside, and Marianna Ritchey, University of Massachusetts, Amherst)


This conference is supported by a generous grant from the Five Colleges Lecture Fund  of the Five College Consortium:

Many thanks to: