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Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble

Allendale, MI         

Based in Allendale, Michigan, the New Music Ensemble at Grand Valley State University promotes the music of our time through commissions, tours, recordings, educational events, workshops, and videos. Founded in 2006 by their director Bill Ryan, the ensemble not only prepares students for careers that include contemporary music, but also helps them become exceptional educators, advocates, and leaders in the music field.  

The ensemble has been profiled in numerous publications including Newsweek and the New York Times, and featured on NPR’s Weekend Edition, All Things Considered, Performance Today, and WNYC’s Radiolab, and New Sounds. They have released three critically acclaimed recordings named to best release lists by the New York Times, Washington Post, LA Weekly, Time Out Chicago, and many others. Their recordings have appeared in film and television shows on MTV, Showtime, and at over 75 film festivals around the world. Their CD of Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians was named one of the top five classical recordings of the decade by WNYC’s John Schaefer, as well as the #1 classical recording of the decade in the WNYC Soundcheck listener poll.

The ensemble has completed four tours and performed at major cities and venues throughout the country including New York six times, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Baltimore, Washington DC, Chicago, Indianapolis, Colorado Springs, Detroit, and at nine national parks. With awards from New Music U.S.A. and the National Endowment of the Arts, the ensemble has commissioned and premiered compositions by 36 composers, as well as over 180 GVSU student compositions. Their YouTube videos recently passed 1.8 million views, all without the aid of a cat or Lady Gaga tune.

You Are Free

You Are Free, composed by Sarah Kirkland Snider. This composition was commissioned as part of the Grand Valley State University’s New Music Ensemble’s Music in their Words project with support from New Music USA.

GVSU New Music Ensemble
Bill Ryan, Director
Hannah Donnelly, flute
Amy Zuidema, clarinet
Krista Visnovsky, violin
Kevin Flynn, cello
Reese Rehkopf, piano
Wade Selkirk, marimba

Nate Bliton, recording engineer
Bill Ryan, mixing engineer

Processations

GVSU New Music Ensemble
Bill Ryan, Director
Hannah Donnelly, flute
Amy Zuidema, clarinet
Krista Visnovsky, violin
Kevin Flynn, samples
Reese Rehkopf, piano
Wade Selkirk, percussion

“Processations” was composed by Marc Mellits and commissioned with support from New Music USA. Incorporating the voice of Steve Reich, It is part of of the GVSU New Music Ensemble’s “Music in their Words” project. For more information please visit us at www.newmusicensemble.com

Video: Jeremy Knickerbocker
Audio: Nate Bliton

Counting in C

Jad Abumrad’s composition “Counting in C” (arranged by Adam Cuthbert) is performed by the Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble. Available on their CD “In C Remixed”, available everywhere.

For all things GVSU NME visit http://www.newmusicensemble.org