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Kontras Quartet

We are elated to announce that we have been awarded a grant by CMA's Classical Commissioning Program, and that we have commissioned Jens Kruger of the Kruger Brothers to write a new piece for Kontras! The piece will feature string quartet, guitar, banjo and bass guitar, and we will be premiering it in the coming year.

Kontras Quartet

KQ has been invited to join the Kruger Brothers and Steve Martin for a live performance on Late Night With David Letterman on Friday, Sept. 27! Jens Kruger will be receiving the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo from the man himself. Tune in and set your DVRs!

Kontras Quartet

During the 2013-2014 season, Kontras will serve as Quartet-in-Residence with the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras, leading orchestra sectionals and giving masterclasses and workshops on chamber music and composition. Please see our calendar for dates of individual events.


2013 - Composer in Residence Scottsdale, Arizona

2013 Finalist Sorel Medallion

2012 - American Prize - Judge's Citation for Excellence in Choral Composition for Soft Footfalls; Song of the Anasazi


Gene Ess & Fractal Attraction will be performing on Sept 27, 2013 @ 9:00PM.  Ibeam, Brooklyn. 168 7th Street, Brooklyn, NY.  With Thana Alexa on voice, David Berkman on piano, Thomson Kneeland on bass, Colin Stranahan on drums, and Gene Ess on guitar.



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Shelter Music Boston is pleased to be a grantee of The Good People Fund since 2013.


Flutist Peter H. Bloom & pianist/harpist Mary Jane Rupert, who concertize internationally as the duo "2" will tour Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota & South Dakota in Sep/Oct 2013. Music by J. S. Bach, Saint-Saëns, Copland, Schubert & Elizabeth Vercoe; see her piece Kleemation on Noteworthy Sheet Music.

Pictures on Silence

Pictures on Silence is excited to premiere Steve Antosca's my end is my beginning with members of the National Gallery of Art New Music Ensemble in September.  This commission was made possible by the Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Program.

Sequoia Chamber Music Workshop

The Sequoia Chamber Music Workshop in Arcata, CA has new Artistic and Executive Director. Dr. Daniela Mineva has accepted the nomination for the position and she will be leading the wonderful team of teachers and students from June 15 to 28, 2014 at the Humboldt State University, Arcata CA.