The University of Northern Iowa School of Music will hold its third annual New Music Festival February 24-25, 2023. The festival will feature Hearst Series artists, Ensemble Dal Niente, Chen Yi, and Calypsus Brass and UNI faculty and student performers.

All Concerts will be held in Davis Hall, Gallagher Bluedorn

  • Friday, February 24 at 8 PM - Ensemble Dal Niente 
  • Saturday, February 25 at 3 PM - Chen Yi 
  • Saturday, February 25 at 8 PM - Calypsus Brass 

Click here to view the concert programs

Additional Public Events

  • Lecture on Nonprofit Arts Management - Thursday, Feb. 23 at 12 PM  
    Bengtson Auditorium, Russell Hall
  • Composition Seminar - Friday, Feb. 24 at 2 p.m.
    Computer lab 147, Russell Hall
  • Art Song Analysis - Thursday, Feb. 23 at 9:30 a.m.
    Computer lab 147, Russell Hall
  • Brass Masterclass - Saturday, Feb. 25 at 1 p.m.
    Bengtson Auditorium, Russell Hall


Festival Information

From electronica-inspired songs to virtuosic tour-de-force new music, these concerts will span a dazzling array of artistry, aesthetics and appeal, and celebrate new music on the UNI campus. 

The festival is being coordinated by UNI faculty artists Sang Koh, Daniel Swilley, Hannah Porter-Occeña, Ben Roidl-Ward, and Stephanie Ycaza. Reflecting on the uniqueness of the festival, Koh said, “While it is important to know where we have been, it is just as important to appreciate where we are so that we can gain glimpses into what is possible in the future. With generous support from the Hearst Foundation, the New Music Festival samples the music of today to give audiences insights into the immense potential of music going forward.”

Swilley added, “The music of our time does not enjoy the same level of exposure as the music of centuries past. It is commonplace to attend concerts where not a single piece on the program was composed within the last 50 or even 100 years. We need events like the New Music Festival to showcase the vibrant and diverse output of living composers! We need the art of our time - the art generated by the human condition of our time.”

All three festival concerts are free and open to the public.

For more information on the New Music Festival contact Sang Koh or Daniel Swilley.

Guest Artists

Ensemble Dal Niente

Ensemble dal Niente

Calypsus Brass

Calypsus Brass