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Stanford New Ensemble (SNE)


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On Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. in Braun Music Center room 102, the Stanford New Ensemble will hold an open rehearsal, including a trio by Peter Ablinger, an open score by John Cage, and a brief discussion of Out of the Dark by Pauline Oliveros which we plan to perform next term. All members of the Stanford community interested in discovering aspects of the music of our time are welcome to listen and participate.

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As part of the activities of the Stanford New Ensemble, we are planning to propose a performance for the Hot Air Music Festival that will be held on March 17, 2019 at the San Francisco Conservatory. Hot Air is a festival dedicated to creation and contemporary repertoire from the last fifty years:

Hot Air Music Festival — Pulp Publishing

“Save the date: The Tenth Annual Hot Air Music Festival will take place at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music on Sunday, March 17, 2019. It’ll be a full day of music by up-and-coming composers and ensembles, and admission is free of charge.” [Event site: Contact:]

We plan to propose three pieces, and there are still places left for the second and third of them:
Mark Applebaum – Meditation for piano six hands(already complete)
Peter Ablinger – Ohne Titel 1-10:  up to 6 places left, for any pitched instruments, or singers
Pauline Oliveros – Out of the Dark: we are especially looking for string players (bass, cello, viola, or violin) but any pitched instruments or singers would be welcome.

Non-Western, non-standard instruments are very welcome for both the Ablinger and the Oliveros.

If you think this might be a good opportunity to discover some great repertoire and perform as part of a festival (or at Stanford if our proposal is not selected), please do get in touch. Please note that places for the Ablinger are limited and will be allotted on first-come, first-served basis. If you are interested in participating or have any questions, please write to:

Participants in this program will need to be available for rehearsals during winter quarter 2018-19 (starting in January) at a minimum.

Ensemble FAQ:

Who can participate in the SNE?

The Stanford New Ensemble is open to any member of the Stanford community performing on any musical instrument, (including voice and non standard instruments) with at least basic score-reading abilities. We also welcome collaborations with composers and other artists looking for interdisciplinary projects.

Do I need to take the SNE for credit in order to participate?

All participants should register for the SNE, however zero-unit enrollment is possible. Information about zero-unit enrollment here.

When will the SNE meet?

The SNE will meet on Wednesday evenings during term-time at 6PM.

What will the SNE rehearse and perform?

The SNE will rehearse and perform 20th- and 21st-century music, with an emphasis on diversity and collaboration with living composers.

For further information, contact Hans Kretz at

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018