NMF 2020

2020 spring NMF


The School of Music at the University of Louisville is widely recognized for its commitment to the presentation of contemporary music. In keeping with this commitment, we are proud to present our Spring 2020 New Music Festival. Premiered in 1998, the Festival is forging an important tradition that highlights innovation and creativity, two hallmarks of our School’s mission. Past festivals have featured acclaimed composers and artists from around the world representing an exciting variety of styles, media, and techniques. Of particular note are past festival artists whose works have been honored by our prestigious Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition. These include Australian composer Brett Dean, who was a featured artist of the 2013 Festival (2009 Grawemeyer winner for The Lost Art of Letter Writing); and Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho, who was a featured artist of the 2015 Festival (2003 Grawemeyer winner for her opera, L`amour de loin).

This year, we are delighted to feature Minnesota native Sky Macklay. A composer, oboist, and installation artist, Dr. Macklay’s bold and engaging works have been reviewed in The Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, Strad Magazine, and in other publications, both in the US and abroad. Her numerous accolades include a Grammy nomination, two ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards, and many other commissions and prizes. We are also delighted to feature Longleash as this year’s principal guest ensemble. Strad Magazine has described their playing as “lovely,” “expert,” and “meticulous.” Their performance of Dr. Macklay’s music during this year’s festival promises to be both memorable and inspiring.


  • Monday, March 2, 8:00 PM, Comstock Concert Hall: Chamber Music Concert

  • Tuesday, March 3, 8:00 P.M, Comstock Concert Hall: Student and Alumni Chamber Music
  • Wednesday, March 4, 8:00 PM, Comstock Concert Hall: Electronic/Computer Music Concert


Other Events

  • Sunday, March 1, 1:00 PM, Gheens Science Hall & Rauch Planetarium
  • Monday, March 2, 3:00 PM, Gheens Science Hall & Rauch Planetarium
    The Key to Time (aka The Shapes of Things to Come)
    Immersive Film and VR Exhinition (part of Speed Museum Cinema)
    Roderick Coover (director), Krzysztof Wołek (composer)
  • Wednesday, March 4, 9:30-10:50 PM, Music Building Room LL28
    Improvisation workshop with with Sam Pluta
  • Wednesday, March 4, 4:00-5:30 PM, School of Music Room 135
    Featured Guest Composer Sky Macklay Music Composition Seminar presentation
  • Virtual Reality Exhibition
    Monday, March 2-Wednesday, March 4, 8 AM-8 PM, Music Library, School of Music
    Time Song (Scenes from The Key to Time)
    Roderick Coover (director), Krzysztof Wołek (composer)


This Annual New Music Festival is supported by the Jon Rieger Endowment for New Music at the University of Louisville.