Symposium of Contemporary Music 

Celebrating the School of Music's 150th Anniversary

150th Anniversary Logo

Featured Guest:


Fifth House Ensemble

Chicago, Illinois


Thursday, March 19, 4 PM
Westbrook Auditorium
Transitioning from College to Career
Roundtable with members of Fifth House

Friday, March 20, 7:30 PM
Westbrook Auditorium
*The esteemed new-music ensemble will perform world premieres by IWU composers Jonathan Green , Mario Pelusi and David Vayo .

Jonathan Green - Symposium

Something Old, Something New...

Pelusi Headshot - Symposium

Concertante for Ten Instruments

Vayo - Symposium

And Unto Dust


About the Symposium:

The Annual Symposium of Contemporary Music, established in 1952, brings prominent guest composers or performers to campus each year for a two-to-three-day residency. IWU faculty and students participate in the performance of works by guest composers and in discussions on aesthetic or analytical issues.  Guests also give master classes and presentations to composition and performance students.

Recent guests of the Symposium include renowned composers Louis Andriessen, Shulamit Ran and Chinary Ung, and the acclaimed New York New Music Ensemble, Orchid Ensemble of Vancouver and Ensemble ONIX of Mexico City. The Symposium forms part of IWU's New Music Series, which also includes concerts of contemporary music by guest composers and performers, faculty performances, the New Music Cafe concert series, ensemble concerts featuring new music, and programs of student compositions.

Previous Guest Composers, Performers, Scholars

2014 John Daversa
2013 Chinary Ung, Adam Greene, Susan Ung, Stacey Fraser, Jocelyn Chang
2012 Shulamit Ran
2011 Song Ming-zhu, Yang Xiaozhong, Zhou Tianli
2009 Onix Ensemble
2008 fall John Sharpley, Orchid Ensemble
2008 spring Roderik and Annelie de Man
2007 Stephen Paulus
2006 New York New Music Ensemble
2005 Vince Mendoza
2004 Louis Andriessen, Monica Germino, Cristina Zavalloni, James Quandt
2003 Mario Lavista
2002 Present Music Ensemble
2001 William Bolcom, Joan Morris
2000 Libby Larsen
1999 John Corigliano
1998 Arvo Part
1997 Joseph Schwantner
1996 Morton Gould Memorial Concert
1995 David Diamond
1993 fall Leslie Bassett, John Crawford (Society of Composers, Inc. Region 5 Conference)
1993 spring Alexander Aslamazov
1991 Alice Parker
1990 Karel Husa
1989 Hale Smith
1988 John Beall
1987 Jan Bach
1986 Jean Eichelberger Ivey
1985 Michael Schelle
1984 Robert Bankert, Abram M. Plum, R. Bedford Watkins
1983 George Crumb Concert
1982 David Ward-Steinman
1981 Walter S. Hartley
1979 Leonard B. Meyer
1978 M. William Karlins
1977 Lou Harrison, Ezra Sims
1976 Donald Erb
1975 David Ward-Steinman
1974 Scott Huston
1973 Courtney Cox, Phil Wilson
1972 Stravinsky Memorial Concert
1971 Edward J. Miller
1970 Halim El-Dabh, Olly Wilson
1969 The Loop Group, Depaul University
1968 Iain Hamilton
1967 Frederick Tillis, George Crumb
1966 Louis Coyner, Edwin Harkins, Philip Winsor, Edwin London
1964 Robert Wykes, E.J. Ulrich, Salvatore Martirano, Herbert Brun, Ben Johnston
1963 Robert Wykes, Alabama String Quartet
1962 Robert Erickson, George Rochberg, Glenn Glasow
1960 Roy Harris
1959 Paul Pisk, George Rochberg
1958 Aaron Copland
1957 Ernst Krenek, William Bergsma
1956 Hunter Johnson, Ulysses Kay
1955 Wallingford Riegger, Peter Mennin
1954 Normand Lockwood, Robert Palmer
1953 Anthony Donato, Homer Keller
1952 Earl George, Grant Fletcher, Burrill Phillips