New Music Ensemble


CSU's New Music Ensemble embodies the spirit of the new music culture and is dedicated to performing innovative, collaborative, and exciting works of living composers as well as the important contemporary works from composers of the recent past. Under the direction of Dr. Cayla Bellamy, the ensemble provides advanced students the opportunity to perform music by some of today’s most relevant and diverse composers.

Music is growing and changing. It is our aim to showcase this growth by bringing people together, and focusing on what is happening now in the global arts world, this includes featuring the newest works of student composers. With rehearsals and performances of larger and smaller chamber contemporary literature, this ensemble explores, performs and studies new concepts of notation, extended performing techniques, group improvisation and group composition, including other aspects of performance centered around the latest developments in sonic art.

The New Music Ensemble is about collaboration. Each member is an active contributor, and student composers collaborate with performers for synergistic creation. The ensemble engages with the community to achieve cultural relevance. Guest artists and composers are invited to participate for the incorporating of new ideas and vigor.

No Audition is required, however, enrollment is limited to upper division and graduate music students or to those underclassman students recommended by their applied music instructor.

Students in all degrees are eligible for the New Music Ensemble. Each semester, exact repertoire and membership is determined following player placement in the traditional ensembles. Repertoire can include any combination of instruments, including piano, guitar, and voice, and electro-acoustic.