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A two-day concert series premiering works by 16 graduate and undergraduate composers from universities in and around New York City.
A two-day concert series premiering works by 16 graduate and undergraduate composers from universities in and around New York City.
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The idea for the Dynamic Music Festival began in the fall of 2012 while co-artistic directors Sam Reising and Michael Kropf were hiking in Flåm, Norway. The pair discussed the possibility of creating a cross-university composers' collective that would promote and perform new music by student composers. Upon returning to the United States, Sam and Michael brought co-artistic director Jon Cziner onto the project, and the group decided to instead create a multi-day concert series that would achieve the same purpose as a collective.

What ultimately emerged is the Dynamic Music Festival, a two-night concert series that premieres works written by student composers from universities in and around New York City. The 16 composers participating in our inaugural year are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs at NYU, Juilliard, the Manhattan School of Music, Mannes, Columbia, Sarah Lawrence, and Bard.

The concerts will take place on Saturday April 19th and Saturday April 26th at 8 PM in the NYU Provincetown Playhouse. Both nights are free and open to the public.

Our Goal

The goal of the Dynamic Music Festival is to bring together composers from different schools to showcase their music on the same program. Too often, performances of student composers’ music are limited to the school they attend, and we want to create an atmosphere of exchange and community among multiple schools and composers.

We also wanted to have amazing musicians perform this new music. To do so, we've assembled a 15-person ensemble of the most talented young and emerging musicians in New York City. Distinguished New York City conductor David Bloom of Contemporaneous will conduct the ensemble in the premieres of these works.

We are hoping to make the Dynamic Music Festival an annual event, and plan to establish the precedent in our inaugural year of paying our musicians a fair wage for all of their hard work. We’ve received a small grant from NYU to help offset costs, but we still need your help in order to fully fund this project. Any amount helps, and 100% of the proceeds go directly to the musicians who are helping make the Dynamic Music Festival a reality.

Our Team

Sam Reising | Co-Artistic Director
Michael Kropf | Co-Artistic Director
Jon Cziner | Co-Artistic Director
Jordan Borg | Administrative Director
David Bloom | Conductor

The Concerts

When: Saturday, April 19th and Saturday, April 26th at 8 PM
Where: NYU Provincetown Playhouse, 133 MacDougal Street, NYC
Cost: Free

Concert 1: April 19th at 8 PM

What Happens Next Kyle Tieman-Strauss | NYU
Homenaje | Andrés Martinez de Velasco | Bard
Kinesthesia Michael Kropf | NYU
Clover Syllabary | Obadiah Wright | Bard
Incidents (dataset hcs08: table 8) | Julian Sharifi | Sarah Lawrence
What is there to Understand?  | Brian Erickson | Mannes
Triptych | Eric Segerstrom | Juilliard
Gumption | Ryan Buchanan | NYU

Concert 2: April 26th at 8 PM

Kill Quirk | Robert Karpay | Manhattan School of Music
Performance by The Bunch | Max Yassky | NYU
Performance by Wily Fire | Molly Joyce | Juilliard
Moment 1 & Moment 2 | Dominick Boyle | Sarah Lawrence
DIDI Sam Reising | NYU
Over the Canopy | Solomon Hoffman | Columbia
Diachronism | Alex Porter | Columbia
Gravitating Entities Jon Cziner | NYU

Risks and challenges

Deciding to put together this concert series is already a major risk for us. No one has ever created an event quite like this before in New York, and we are not sure if student composers will be able to attract a large enough audience. This is a major reason why the concerts are free, so that we can maximize the amount of people who attend. We plan to work hard on publicity, and we are partnering with others who have put on student-run projects before, like Kyle Tieman-Strauss, who recently spearheaded a sold-out contemporary music festival at NYU and is one of the composers participating in Dynamic Music Festival.

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