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Contemporary Music Ensemble - Columbus State University

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The Joyce and Henry Schwob School of Music

Contemporary Music Ensemble

Comprised of the most ambitious musicians, the Schwob Contemporary Ensemble, under the direction of Maestro Paul Hostetter, presents significant works of the 20th and 21st century as well as premieres by local, regional, national, and international composers. Technically ambitious, musically rewarding and stylistically challenging, the works presented by this group incorporate music with new languages, sophisticated electronics, staging/lighting effects,  film, and a variety of contemporary media reflective of our culture. Composers in residence have included Pulitzer Prize winners Shulamit Ran and Lewis Spratlan along with major voices including Mathew Rosenblum, Bruce Reiprich*, Andrea Luque-Karam*, and David Sampson. Recent featured composers include John Luther Adams, Thomas Ades, Dominck Argento, Eve Beglarian, Derek Bermel, Pierre Boulez, George Crumb, Richard Danielpour, Giorolomo Deraca*, Osvaldo Golijov, Jonathan Harvey, David Lang, Paul Lansky, György Ligeti, Martin Matalon, Marc Mellits, Harold Meltzer, Eric Moe, Alyssa Morris*, Nico Muly,  James Ogburn*, Arvo Pärt, Kaija Saariaho, Toru Takemitsu, Augusta Read-Thomas, Marc Anthony Turnage, Liliya Ugay*, Chirnary Ung, Edgard Varèse, Andrew Waggoner, Judith Weir, Olly Wilson, Julia Wolfe, Stefan Wolpe,  Charles Wourinen, and Frank Zappa among many others.

* indicates a world premiere written by this composer

Membership in the ensemble is determined by audition. For information, please contact Prof. Hostetter at

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