New Muse Piano Duo announces a call-for-scores

This professional duo, a new sub-group of the New Muse Ensemble, is based at the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO. Paola Savvidou serves as Assistant Professor of Piano Pedagogy and Jonathan Kuuskoski serves as the Director of Entrepreneurship and Community Programs and Assistant Teaching Professor of Music. The duo’s mission is to expand the repertoire available for four hands by performing newly composed works at universities across the United States, as well as at conferences that welcome new music.

During the 2013-2014 academic year we will take on tour a program emphasizing works by composers based in the Midwest. Venues will include the University of Missouri and other universities in the Midwest region.

Guidelines for submission are as follows:

  1. Each submission must be 7-20 minutes in duration.
  2. Use of extended techniques and unconventional uses of the piano are welcome.
  3. Four-hand (one piano) compositions are preferred over two piano works as not every venue we will be visiting has two concert grand pianos available.

Submission process:

  1. Repertoire need not be newly composed.
  2. All submissions must be sent electronically to:
  3. In your e-mail, please include:
    a. A score in PDF.
    b. A live recording of the score (if available) or MIDI realization.
    c. A brief composer biography of 250 words or less.
  4. Submission deadline is May 1, 2013. Selected composers will be notified by e-mail by June 2013.

There is no fee for submissions. Selected works will be performed a minimum of three times. We reserve the right to program submissions in future recitals. We look forward to receiving and performing your music! Inquiries can be addressed to Paola Savvidou, at

For more information about the performers, please visit:

Paola Savvidou Faculty Profile

Jonathan Kuuskoski Faculty Profile

Muse Fest is Finally Coming to Madison — May 5th, 2012

We are excited to announce the first-ever Madison Muse Fest. On May 5th 2012, four non-traditional venues on State Street will be transformed into inviting performance spaces. These mini concert-installations will take place at 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. at Sunroom Cafe, Fair Trade Coffee House, and Nick’s Pub respectively, culminating in a concert at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (MMoCA) at 5:00 p.m. All the events are free and open to the public.

The festival will feature the NEW MUSE ensemble and special guests including dancer Janelle Bentley (Ephemeral Art), spoken word artist Gabriel De Los Reyes (UW-Madison First Wave Program), and piano/percussion duo Sole Nero (UW-Madison faculty Jessica Johnson and Anthony Di Sanza).The music – most of which was composed within the last decade – will include works selected from our national call-for-scores that resulted in more than 30 submissions from across the U.S. This includes pieces by Robert Honstein (co-founder of the “Sleeping Giant” collective) and John C. Griffin (Western Michigan University), the winners of our call for scores contest, as well as music by Wisconsin-based composers Jeff Herriott (UW-Whitewater) and Guggenheim Fellowship winner  Laura Schwendinger (UW-Madison).

This event is made possible by a grant from the Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission, with additional funds from the Overture Foundation and the Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation, and generous support from the UW-Madison New Arts Venture Challenge, the UW-Madison School of Music, and the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art.

Click here for the full Muse Fest schedule, or check out the event on Facebook — we hope to see you there!


NEW MUSE @ Madison Children’s Museum Steampunk “Adult Swim”

Tonight 6:00PM – 10:00PM, February 10, 2012 NEW MUSE is partnering with the Madison Children’s Museum for their “Adult Swim” night. In coordination with Teslacon, our program is a “steampunk”-inspired evening of participatory music events, featuring our ensemble and special returning guests DJ Illy Holiday and Davina DeVille.

Continuing our tradition of past events, keep reading for e-program notes.

Schedule of Events:

6:00PM – 7:30PM DJ Illy Holiday will be spinning music throughout the Museum

6:45PM – 7:30PM Elevator Improv (hosted by Tim Patterson) in the Museum Elevator –

7:45PM Davina DeVille LIVE in the Wildernest — don’t miss the diva in action!

8:00PM Costume Contest in the Wildernest

8:30PM – 9:30PM NEW MUSE LIVE in the Wildernest — featuring live improvised Valentine’s Day Mad Libs

Live Music Program:

Broken Drum, Matthew Burtner - Tim Patterson

Mad Libs Improv 1 – full NEW MUSE ensemble

Selected Crane Songs, Jerry Hui – Paola and Jerry

Mad Libs Improv 2 – Dawn and Rosemary

Cello Sonata, Hans Werner Henze - Andrea

Mad Libs Improv 3 and 4 – Andrea and Paola (3) Tim and Andrea (4)

Three Irish Songs, John Corigliano – Jerry and Dawn

Davina DeVille might make an encore appearance to sing a tune or two…don’t miss it!

Mad Libs 5 and 6 – Dawn and Jonathan (5) Jonathan, Tim and Rosemary (6)

We Choose to Go to the Moon, Robert Honstein – Jerry and Andrea

Mad Libs 7 and 8 – Paola and Dawn (7) Paola, Dawn, and Andrea (8)

Coming Together, Derek Bermel – Rosemary and Dawn

Mad Libs 9 – Andrea and Rosemary and 10 – full NEW MUSE ensemble

The New Music Everywhere (NEW MUSE) Ensemble:

Rosemary Brumbelow, clarinet
Jerry Hui, baritone and harmonica
Andrea Kleesattel, cello
Jonathan Kuuskoski, melodica
Dawn Lawler, flute
Tim Patterson, percussion
Paola Savvidou, piano

With thanks to Madison Children’s Museum and our special guests:

DJ Illy Holiday & Davina DeVille

Thanks for coming out tonight — and please let us know what you thought.  You can find us on Facebook and Twitter.

Save the Dates! NEW MUSE Announces 2012 Season

New Music Everywhere (NEW MUSE) is excited to announce our second season! This year we will be launching an ambitious series of three events from January through May 2012. We invite you to “Save the Date” for these exciting events. Click on the links for more info!

20-21 January 2012: The World Premiere of Wired for Love

This groundbreaking “online opera” is inspired by the amazing true story of an online scam, and the victim who took justice into his own hands. Music by Jerry Hui & Libretto by Lisa Kundat.

10 February 2012: Adult Swim @ Madison Children’s Museum

Back by popular demand, we’re bringing our vaudeville-inspired show back for a one-night-only installation as part of Madison Children’s Museum “Adult Swim.”

5 May 2012: Madison Muse Fest

Sponsored in part by the 2011 UW-Madison Arts Enterprise New Arts Venture Challenge, we will work closely with local vendors to transform four State Street businesses into creative arts spaces, combining music, dance, and visual arts for a series of interdisciplinary and interactive performances. Featuring new works solicited from composers around the country the day will culminate with a gala concert at MMoCA. Don’t miss this one-of-a kind event!

Announcing Muse Fest 2012 Call-for-scores and Competition

Calling all composers! New Music Everywhere will be holding its first annual Muse Fest, a festival of live contemporary performance arts that take place on the iconic State Street of Madison, Wisconsin, in the afternoon of May 5th, 2012.

All composers are invited to submit music for any combination of instruments/voices within our core ensemble. You may submit pieces that have been previously performed, though we’d prefer to premiere your music! Since the music will be performed in public spaces (e.g. coffee houses, restaurants, bookstores) and may be paired with other art forms (e.g. dance, visual arts, spoken poetry), your submission should take all these into account. If your music creatively includes such dynamic environment, even better! Please read the full guidelines in our complete call-for-score application: 2012 Muse Fest Call for Scores Application

From the submissions, one first prize of $250 and one second prize of $100 will be awarded by a panel consisting of the directors and performers of New Music Everywhere, as well as prominent Madison-based artists and dancers who will be performing in the festival. Both pieces will be premiered at our showcase concert in MMoCA. The rest of the submissions will be considered for performance on any of the performances during the festival.

Application process:

  1. Each composer may submit up to three pieces.
  2. Pieces that have previously been performed are accepted; please provide performance history.
  3. All applications must be submitted electronically to
  4. In your email, include:
    1. A completed application form. 2012 Muse Fest Call for Scores Application
    2. An anonymous score in PDF. For pieces that cannot be represented as a score, a recording is required.
    3. A live recording of the work (if available) or MIDI realization (MIDI is acceptable though not preferred). A link to the recording can also work.
    4. A brief composer biography of 250 words or less.
  5. Submit the application fee to New Music Everywhere, c/o Jerry Hui, 26 Sherman Terrace Apt 5, Madison WI 53704. Fee for the first submitted piece is $25, and $5 for each subsequent piece. Be sure to include your full name and email address in the comment of your payment.
  6. Only completed applications will be accepted (should we draw up an application form to make this easier?)
  7. Submission deadline is December 15th, 2011.
  8. Winners and selected composers will be notified via email by January 2012.
  9. Winners of the first and second prizes must be able to attend the festival in Madison, Wisconsin on May 5, 2012.
We look forward to receiving and performing your music! Inquiries can be addressed to Jerry Hui, co-director of New Music Everywhere, at jerry @

Jerry Hui to Join Gilson Bootstrapping Seminar Kickoff Panel

We’re excited to announce that our very own Jerry Hui has been invited to join The Gilson Bootstrapping Seminar Kickoff Panel, entitled “Exercising Your Creative Side for Fun and Profit – a Guide to Big Idea Challenges on Campus and Beyond.” Hosted by the UW-Madison Office of Corporate Relations, the panel will take place at 5pm on September 26th in the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, and is aimed at highlighting various student resources, including nine separate student challenges that encourage entrants to create value through entrepreneurial or innovative thinking. Examples include the Burrill Business Plan Competition, the Schoofs and Tong prizes, the Climate Leadership Challenge, and the New Arts Venture Challenge, among others.

Participants will learn about how and why you can compete in one or more of these challenges, meet others interested in exploring their creative side, and  learn about off-campus opportunities for cash prizes at contests (e.g., Clean Energy Challenge, the Governor’s Business Plan Competition, etc.).  This event is free, with a reception to follow!

The Terminal Orchestra Performs at the Project Lodge

As we’re finalizing our 2011-12 Season of events, just wanted to forward on a notice about an upcoming concert by a kindred spirit, The Terminal Orchestra. Check them out at the Project Lodge, this Friday, September 9th from 7:30pm-11:00pm.

The Orchestra was conceived in the often forgotten part of Michigan–The Upper Peninsula–with its lush forests, slower-paced lifestyle and non-competitive atmosphere, composer Jesse DeCaire began writing music in 2005.  What started as a studio outlet for making pastoral movie soundtrack music (for movies that haven’t been made yet) has since ballooned into a live performing ensemble.  Complete with strings and percussion, The Terminal Orchestra has as much in common with contemporary composers/performers such as Nick Cave and Warren Ellis and William Basinski as it does with Ennio Morricone and Igor Stravinsky. This will be their first time playing in Madison, though violinist Emily Durkin grew up in Madison and still has family there!
The  set list is composed of original music written by DeCaire, and, except for a few songs, all come from their first release  – “The Seasons”  – which is a Vivaldi-inspired musical interpretation of the seasons. Check out samples here, and don’t miss this cool event!

NEW MUSE performs at 2011 Art Fair on the Square

NEW MUSE is the only contemporary chamber ensemble selected to perform as part of the 2011 Art Fair on the Square — one of the Midwest’s largest outdoor art and music festivals! Our performance begins at 9:30am on Saturday, July 9th and will include two world premieres by UW-Madison Alumni — “Petrichor” by our very own Jerry Hui (flute, clarinet and percussion), and “More Cowbells, Less_____” by special guest composer Becky Lipsitz (flute, clarinet, bassoon and percussion). Also on the program: “Hopi” by Philippe Hersant (solo bassoon), “A Minute of News” by Eugene Novotney (solo snare drum), “Side by Side” by Michio Kitazume (drums), and “Zoom Tube” by Ian Clarke (solo flute). This event is FREE and open to the public so grab a coffee, take a break from your Farmers Market shopping spree, and please join us for some music at the Wisconsin Public Radio Stage (State Street at the Capitol Square)!


NEW MUSE Wins 2011 New Arts Venture Challenge

We are thrilled to announce that NEW MUSE was selected as winner of the 2011 New Arts Venture Challenge, sponsored by Arts Enterprise Madison. The $2,000 award will serve as seed capital for our next venture – an interdisciplinary contemporary arts festival that will span State Street in Spring 2012. Paola, Jerry, and the gang are humbled to be in the company of such talented finalists – we can’t wait to find ways to collaborate! Stay tuned for more info…