COMMISSIONS

As part of the ensemble's ongoing commitment to bringing new music to audiences, we established an annual commissioning and residency program. Each year we commission one or more significant composers to create a work for us, which is then premiered during the academic year. We are deeply involved in all stages of the process--from selecting and commissioning the composer, to conversations and workshops with the composer as they write, to shaping the piece as drafts come in, to rehearsing with the composers, and finally to performing the world premiere performance. We have also commissioned and premiered over 180 GVSU student works.


2017/18 Commissions

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70 minutes of electronic/acoustic hybrid landscapes (flutes, clarinets, saxophones, violins, cellos pianos, percussion + electronics)

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2016/17 Commissions

Betsey Biggs
Teewinot, inspired by Grand Teton national park (flute, bass clarinet, tenor saxophone, violin, cello, piano, percussion)

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Alexandra Gardner
Vixen, inspired by Yellowstone national park (flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, violin, cello, piano, percussion)

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Rob Deemer
Firehole Mists, inspired by Yellowstone national park (flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, violin, cello, piano, percussion)

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Patrick Harlin
Wind Cave, inspired by Wind Cave national park (flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, violin, cello, piano, percussion)

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Molly Joyce
Bite the Dust, inspired by Badlands national park (flute, clarinet, tenor saxophone, violin, cello, piano, percussion, electronics)

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Jeff Herriott
Heat curls up from the dust, inspired by Grand Teton national park (flute, bass clarinet, alto saxophone, violin, cello, piano, percussion, electronics)


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Phil Kline
Dawn Chorus, inspired by Badlands national park (flute, clarinet, soprano saxophone, violin, cello, piano, percussion)

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Niko Schroeder
Canvas the Bear, inspired by a family national park road trip incident (flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, violin, cello, piano, percussion)

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Paula Matthusen
on the analogical interpretations of space, inspired by Wind Cave national park (flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, violin, cello, piano, percussion, electronics)


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2015/16 Commissions

Anna Clyne
Just As They Are (flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, conch shell, and the voice of John Cage)

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Todd Reynolds
(chamber ensemble and the voice of Meredith Monk)




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Michael Lowenstern
Mr. Dynamite (flute, bass clarinet, violin, cello, piano, drum-set, and the voice of James Brown)

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Marc Mellits
Processations (flute, clarinet, violin, piano, vibraphone/marimba, and the voice of Steve Reich)

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Gyan Riley
Ahs, Wahs, and the Goddess (flute/alto flute, clarinet/bass clarinet, violin, cello, piano, vibraphone, and the voice of Terry Riley)

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Dan Rhode
Four compositions for ensemble and dance (flute, clarinet/bass clarinet, alto/bari saxophone, trumpet, tenor trombone, bass trombone, violin, cello, piano, two percussion, and electronics)

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Sarah Kirkland Snider
We Are Free (flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, marimba and the voice of Arvo Pärt)



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2014/15 Commission
Paul Steinberg
The Inevitability of Change (flute, clarinet, tenor saxophone, violin, cello, piano, marimba)

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2013/14 Commissions

Armando Bayolo
Wide Open Spaces (flute, bass clarinet, violin, cello, piano, percussion)


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David Biedenbender
Red Vesper (flute, clarinet, alto sax, violin, cello, piano, percussion plus stereo playback)

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Thad Anderson
Within (four non-percussionists plus stereo playback)


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Dan Rhode
Fingerpainting (flute, clarinet, alto sax, violin, cello, piano, percussion plus stereo playback and audience iPad performer)

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Ashley Stanley
Night Sketches (solo flute, live processing, and stereo playback)

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2011/12 Commission
Dan Rhode
Flickering Pixels (flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, percussion plus stereo playback and optional video)

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2010/11 Commissions

Jad Abumrad
Counting In C (flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, violin, cello, piano, percussion, stereo playback, arr. by Adam Cuthbert)

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Zoe Keating
Zinc (flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, violin, cello, piano, percussion, stereo playback, arr. by Adam Cuthbert)

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Mason Bates
Terrycloth Troposphere (flute, bass clarinet, alto saxophone, violin, cello, piano, percussion, stereo playback, arr. by Dan Rhode)

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David Lang
Simple Mix (open instrumentation, stereo playback)

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2009/10 Commission
Rob Smith
Kicking & Screaming (8 players plus piano, 2 percussion)

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2009/10 In C Remixed Commissions
(bass flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, English horn, bassoon, soprano/tenor saxophones,
piano, accordian, 5 percussion, guitar, violin, cello plus whatever...)

Jack Dangers
In C Semi-Detached, In C Extension

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R. Luke DuBois
Is In C in F?

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Dennis DeSantis
In C (Dennis DeSantis Remix)

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Kleerup
In C Remix

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Phil Kline
In Cognito

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Michael Lowenstern
Bints Mix, Foster Grant Mix

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Nico Muhly
In C with Canons and Bass

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Daniel Bernard Roumain
Zachary's Dream

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Todd Reynolds
In C (Todd Reynolds Remix)

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2008/9 Commissions


Belinda Reynolds
Circles (flute, oboe, clarinet, violin, cello)


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J. Anthony Allen
Pierrot Variations (flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, percussion, electronics)

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2007/8 Commission
Robin Cox
Fool's Day (flute, bass clarinet, violin, cello, piano, vibes, marimba)

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2006/7 Commission
Marc Mellits
240 Weeks (2 flutes, 2 clarinets/bass clarinets, violin, cello, piano, 2 percussion)

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2005/6 Commission
Kurt Ellenberger
Gormenghast Overture (flute, clarinet, trumpet, violin, cello, piano, 2 percussion)

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