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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 four critically acclaimed recordings , two of which were 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, and most recently in movie theaters throughout the United States as part of the soundtrack to the film As I AM: The Life and Times of DJ AM. 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, Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Cleveland, Colorado Springs, Detroit, Indianapolis, Philadelphia, Washington DC, and at nine national parks. They have been featured performers at the Bang On a Can Marathon, New Music Gathering, New Music Detroit’s Strange Beautiful Music marathon, and were members of the all-star ensemble assembled by the Kronos Quartet to perform on the In C 45th Anniversary concert at Carnegie Hall. With awards from New Music U.S.A. and the National Endowment of the Arts, the ensemble has commissioned 63 compositions from such notable composers as Sarah Kirkland Snider, Zoe Keating, Nico Muhly, Marc Mellits, Anna Clyne, and David Lang. Their 85 performance and music videos on YouTube recently passed 1.6 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

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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

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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

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