Collage New Music

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Collage New Music is a classical music ensemble specialising in performance of works by 20th- and 21st-century composers. It was founded in 1972 by percussionist Frank Epstein who served as its Music Director until 1991. Since that time its Director has been the conductor David Hoose.[1]

The Ensemble[edit]

Collage New Music is a Boston based ensemble. Since 2009, their main performing venue has been the Longy School of Music's Edward M. Pickman Concert Hall.[2] Since its inception in 1972, Collage New Music has maintained a reputation for performing works by the great composers of the 20th and 21st century,[3] such as Edgar Varese, John Cage, Yehudi Wyner, Olivier Messian, and Joan Tower. Collage opened the 2001 Festival of Contemporary Music at Tanglewood with a concert featuring composers long associated with the ensemble: Gunther Schuller, John Harbison, and Donald Sur.[4] While honoring the music of the earlier 20th century, Collage has a longstanding tradition of commissioning new works by living composers and often providing many Boston premieres.[5]

Collage also host a composer-in-residence each year that allows the ensemble to engage with young Boston composers, and attain a consistent working relationship with the community through various outreach activities. Collage now host annual composer competitions for high school students, fostering the development and progression of music.

  • Christopher Krueger, flute
  • Jennifer Slowik, oboe
  • Robert Annis, clarinet
  • Craig McNutt, percussion
  • Christopher Oldfather, piano
  • Catherine French, violin
  • Anne Black, viola
  • Joel, Moerschel, cello
  • David Hoose, conductor

Commissioned composers[edit]

Curtis K. Hughes, Martin Brody, Michael Gandolfi, Andy Vores, Richard Cornell, and Lior Navok

Board of Trustees[edit]

  • Frank Epstein, President[6]
  • Geoffrey Peters, Treasurer
  • Susan DeLong Clerk
  • Michael Cucurullo
  • Phyllis Curtin
  • Lenny Goldstein
  • Bradley Gorney
  • John Kochevar
  • Francoise Moros
  • Doane Perry
  • Ruth Scheer
Honorary Trustees
  • Nicholas Anagnostis
  • Charles Blyth
  • Stephen Senturia


  • Collage New Music Performs Donald Sur. Label: Albany Records (2009)
  • Harbison: Mottetti Di Montale – David Hoose, conductor; Janice Felty & Margaret Lattimore; Collage New Music. Label: Koch International Classics (2005)
  • Joan Tower (Track 5: Noon Dance performed by Collage New Music). Label: Composers Recordings (1994)

Awards and Nominations[edit]


  1. ^ The Berkshire Review for the Arts (September 2008). "The Ditson Festival of Contemporary Music". Retrieved 29 November 2011.
  2. ^ Eichler, Jeremy (28 January 2009). "Collage New Music attends to works of the recent past". Boston Globe. Retrieved 29 November 2011 (subscription required).
  3. ^ CBS Boston (24 January 2011). "Boston's Best New/Contemporary Classical Music. Retrieved 29 November 2011.
  4. ^ Dyer, Richard (11 August 2001). "Collage New Music Turns to the New Yet Familiar". Boston Globe. Retrieved 29 November 2011 (subscription required).
  5. ^ Lane, Peter Van Zandt (11 February 2010). "Collage New Music Brings New Perspectives on America's Pulse". The Boston Musical Intelligencer. Retrieved 29 November 2011.
  6. ^ Source: Collage New Music. Board of Trustees. Retrieved 29 November 2011.
  7. ^ Green, Aaron. "48th Annual Grammy Awards: Classical Music Best Small Ensemble Performance Nominees". Guide. Retrieved 29 November 2011

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