New Music Festival

Featured Composers

Amanda Schoofs

Amanda Schoofs creates music that embraces presence and spontaneity while exposing the raw and intimate qualities of sound and the performing self. Her artistic practice extends through the American experimental music tradition and exists in the space between academic new music, hybrid arts, and DIY punk and noise practices. As an artistic activist her work challenges social justice disparities: sexism post #metoo, motherhood inequity, self-identity challenges, and gun violence. Her music has been presented throughout North America, Europe, and Australia. In 2015 her composition Intimate Addictions was curated by Pulitzer Prize winner Du Yun on the world-renowned MATA Festival at The Kitchen in NYC. Amanda's vocal performance of Intimate Addictions was hailed by the Wall Street Journal as, "fantastic theater," and described by I Care If You Listen as, "courageously elevating the evening to an entirely different level of sophistication." Amanda is founder and Artistic Director of Sensoria: Experiments in Sound and Performance, currently celebrating its fifth season. A proud Mills College alumna, she earned her MA from studying with luminaries: Pauline Oliveros, Roscoe Mitchell, Zeena Parkins, Joëlle Léandre, and Fred Frith. 

Baljinder Sekhon Sekhon

"Clearly knowing the power of sonority” (Philadelphia Inquirer), the music of Baljinder Sekhon has been presented in over 600 concerts in twenty-six countries. From works for large ensemble to solo works to electronic music, Sekhon's demonstrate a wide range of genres and styles. Numerous commercial recordings of Sekhon's music have been released, including those on Albany Records, Parma, AMP, Klarthe, BCM&D, and Equilibrium Records. A portrait CD of Sekhon's music was released on Innova Records in April 2018. His works are regularly performed around the world, with performances in venues such as the Kennedy Center, Seoul Arts Center, Carnegie Hall, and the National Recital Hall of Taiwan. Sheet music of Sekhon's works is available internationally from Keyboard Percussion Publications, Glass Tree Press, Steve Weiss Music, Le Vent Music (Taiwan), AvA Musical Editions (Europe), and Southern Percussion (UK). Sekhon serves as Assistant Professor of Composition at Penn State University. He holds the PhD, MA from the Eastman School of Music and a BM from the University of South Carolina.

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