Boston University College of Fine Arts Launches Boston University Center for New Music

in Music
October 2nd, 2012

Boston, MA – The School of Music at the College of Fine Arts (CFA) at Boston University is proud to launch the Boston University Center for New Music commemorating the school’s leadership as a powerful force for new music.

For nearly three decades, CFA has hosted annual residencies and visits for leading composers and trained generations of composers and performers across all Colleges. Additionally, through Alea III, Boston University’s contemporary music ensemble-in-residence led by Theodore Antoniou, CFA has had the unique opportunity to present thousands of works by celebrated and rising composers alike.

In celebration of its long-time tradition of enriching the BU community with new music, CFA’s School of Music is launching the Boston University Center for New Music, located at the heart of CFA’s thriving music school. Through a series of lectures, demonstrations, and performances, scheduled throughout the academic year, the Boston University Center for New Music seeks to cultivate a curriculum that enhances the presence of cutting-edge music and provide a forum for interdisciplinary involvement, while growing appreciation for new music across campus.

To widen the conversation within the Greater Boston arts community, lectures, demonstration, and performances hosted by the Boston University Center for New Music will be open to the public. The center will also collaborate with Boston’s leading arts institutions to host selected concerts at venues within the larger Greater Boston arts community.

“The BU Center for New Music is the culmination of many years of planning and efforts by the School of Music at the College of Fine Arts,” says Joshua Fineberg, Director of Boston University Center for New Music. “We hope it will help concretize our commitment to the music of our time and catalyze the efforts of so many diverse artists and students throughout the Boston area. The center will bring in-depth engagement with the leading figures in the world of new music to our school and our community.”

Additionally, the Boston University Center for New Music is honored to host a number of artists-in-residence in its inaugural year, including lauded Italian composer, Salvatore Sciarrino, who will be in residence for three weeks in the spring of 2013. As part of his residency, Sciarrino will work closely with students, both performers and composers, and engage with artists and students in the Boston area and beyond.

“Salvatore Sciarrino is one of a handful of truly game-changing composers of the last 100 years,” continued Fineberg. “He rarely leaves his home in Cittá di Castello, and we feel deeply honored that he has agreed to spend three weeks at the College of Fine Arts as the inaugural resident composer for our Center for New Music.”

Other Artists-in-Residence will include Gunther Schuller, Philippe Leroux, and Enrico Chapela, complemented by a rich variety of visiting ensembles and composers that includes [sound icon], Court-Circuit, and Jack Quartet.

Click here to learn more about the Center for New Music, and to view the Schedule of Events


Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized private research university with more than 30,000 students participating in undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. BU consists of 17 colleges and schools along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes which are central to the school’s research and teaching mission. The Boston University College of Fine Arts was created in 1954 to bring together the School of Music, the School of Theatre, and the School of Visual Arts. The University’s vision was to create a community of artists in a conservatory-style school offering professional training in the arts to both undergraduate and graduate students, complemented by a liberal arts curriculum for undergraduate students. Since those early days, education at the College of Fine Arts has begun on the BU campus and extended into the city of Boston, a rich center of cultural, artistic and intellectual activity.


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