Calls for Scores Update

The Boston New Music Initiative will host its next scheduled call for scores beginning on February 1, 2016.  Please check back at that time for full details and to submit.

BNMI's fourth annual Commissioning Competition closed on October 15.  Submissions are now in the first round of review. The winner is scheduled to be announced by March 1, 2016.  BNMI's Call for Chamber Scores closed on January 15 and selections from that call will be announced later this spring.

BNMI Concert Postponed, Rescheduled for January 30

Approximately 20 minutes into BNMI's first concert of the seventh season, a furnace malfunction at the Clarendon Hill Presbyterian Church resulted in the Fire Department being called and the concert venue needing to be evacuated.

While there ultimately was no fire, fumes from the furnace had filled the concert space and out of an abundance of caution for our performers' and audience's safety and comfort, BNMI decided to postpone the concert until January 2016.

We are grateful to our many loyal fans, our talented performers and helpful staff, and appreciate your understanding during this unforeseeable event. We also appreciate collaborating with the New York Women's Composers, and look forward to presenting their winning Composers' works on our rescheduled concert in January.

The rescheduled concert will be held on Saturday, January 30, at 8pm at the Clarendon Hill Presbyterian Church at 155 Powder House Blvd. in Somerville, MA.

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Patrick Valentino, Artistic Director

Boston New Music Initiative Announces Seventh Season

The Boston New Music Initiative announces its upcoming 7th season, featuring two concerts of new music compositions on Saturday, November 14 and Saturday, April 16. The concerts include selected composers from BNMI’s Calls for Scores, the winner of the First Annual Young Composers Competition, a newly commissioned work, and selections from the New York Women’s Composer organization. The 2015-16 season will feature works for BNMI’s core ensemble plus special guest artists, conducted by Artistic Director Patrick Valentino. Read more to find out where you can attend these performances of innovative, original compositions.

BNMI Awards Trey Makler Winner of 2015 Young Composers Competition

The Boston New Music Initiative congratulates Trey Makler as the 2015 winner of its annual Young Composers competition. His winning composition is a setting of Bohemian-Austrian poet Rainer Maria Rilke’s Die Sonette an Orpheus, a cycle of 55 sonnets based on the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. Read more about BNMI Young Composers Winner Trey Makler here.

Travis Alford Wins Boston New Music Initiative’s 2015 Commissioning Competition

We congratulate Dr. Travis Alford on winning the BNMI 2015 Annual Commissioning Competition. Alford’s work showcases his ability to infuse graceful jazz textures with contemporary accents, and the BNMI ensemble is glad to premiere his new composition during our 7th concert season in 2015-2016. Learn more about BNMI Competition Winner Dr. Travis Alford here.

Announcing BNMI Season 7

We are pleased to announce the results from our calls for scores.  We received hundreds of high quality submissions, and we would like to sincerely thank all composers for submitting and invite you back next season to participate in the next round of calls and competitions to provide repertoire for our eighth season.  

In Season 7, BNMI will perform the works of Gabriel Mălăncioiu (Indira), Ashkan Behzadi (Plasticamente Colorato), Wei-Chieh Lin (A Glimpse of Trembling Refraction), Nicholas Omiciolli (Push/Pull), Phillip Sink (Flowers of Salt), Sungji Hong (Black Arrow), Brandon Scott Rumsey (Limelight), Liliya Ugay (Third World Fable), and Chien-Wen Cheng (Snow on the River).

BNMI has also selected the winners of its third annual Commissioning Competition and its first annual Young Composers Competition; these composers will be named shortly in separate announcements.

The full Season 7 program and schedule will be announced in August.  Please check back then for venue and ticket information.

BNMI and the Walk for Music

Members of BNMI participated in the 12th annual Walk for Music and Arts on May 17, 2015 in Boston.  Click here for details on how to support BNMI in this critical fundraising campaign for our organization.


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BNMI's annual concert series is funded in part through generous support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Cambridge Arts Council, and by supporters such as yourself.  We are sincerely grateful for the continued support.

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